Hi, I’m Jo…
Author – Baker – Sunrise Chaser
I live on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland with my husband, daughter, and our cocker spaniel. I like beach walks, baking, travelling and photographing my beach walks, baking and travels for Instagram. So this doesn’t sound too much like a dating profile, I also juggle a corporate day job with my writing, eat more than I should, move less than I should and don’t get nearly as much sleep as I should.
I’m always looking for a happy ending, so that’s what I write – happy endings. My novels are inspired by the places I travel to, the food that I eat (and cook), the experiences I have and the people I meet along the way.
They’ll take you from Melbourne to Bali, to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, and to Queenstown and the picturesque wilderness of the Milford Track. Along the way, there’s always plenty to eat, a few laughs and maybe even a few tears.
When I’m not writing or working, I like to walk, bake, and plan my next trip – and my next novel. You can read all about my writing, walking, baking, and travelling on my blog – which you’ll find here.
30 seconds with me…
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I was always a voracious reader and wanted to write the books that I read – Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys. As I got older I decided that I wanted to write category romance and then the sort of novels that you see at the airport. Regardless of the genre I wanted to write. It just took me a lot of years until I did.
What was your first job?
I worked in an ice-cream shop while I was at uni. My first real job though was at a bank as a teller/ customer service officer. I’ve been in the finance industry ever since.
What is your (now not so) secret ambition?
To be an extra on Midsomer Murders.
What is your favourite food?
Wine. Seriously though, it would be a toss-up between roast chicken, Hainanese chicken or macaroni cheese. My favourite cuisine is, I think, Thai…or Vietnamese…or dumplings.
What is your favourite movie?
Wow, that’s tough. Here goes – in no particular order: Notting Hill, Love Actually, Four Weddings & A Funeral, Sense & Sensibility, Crazy Rich Asians, A Good Year
I read anything by Jenny Colgan, Carole Matthews, Erica James and Jill Mansell. I also enjoy Karen Swann, Mike Gayle, John Baxter and heaps more.
I also love the classics and re-read Pride & Prejudice, Emma, Sense & Sensibility and Persuasion every few years, and am overdue to re-read Edith Wharton’s The Buccaneers.
While I also read some crime and cozy crime, I tend to steer clear of sci-fi, fantasy, and anything too gory or too literary.
Kindle or physical books?
Both. I’m usually reading one book on each medium at any given point in time – and have an audiobook on the go for when I’m walking.
Tea or coffee?
Tea – English Breakfast tea served without milk. I’m super fussy about my tea.
Dream Travel Destination
The next one.
At the moment I’m planning a road trip for early 2021 to take in some of the more remote parts of Scotland.
We spent 4 weeks in England last December. You can read all about it here.
Something people don’t know about you?
I used to be a rugby league referee.
One word to describe you?
I have two:
- Seriously, how hard can it be?