Jo Tracey

The Hungry Writer

I live on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland with my husband, daughter and 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.

What am I hungry for? Everything that life has to offer – I’m about possibilities, experience and finding something to love.

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, the experiences I have and the people I meet along the way. 

My novels will 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 is plenty to eat, a few laughs and maybe even a few tears.

When I’m not writing or working, I like to walk, cook, and plan my next trip and my next novel…most of which you can read about at…

And Anyways – The rambles of the hungry writer

Weekly wrap-ups, travels, sunrises, food…you’ll find it all at and anyways .

Brookford Kitchen Diaries

If it’s recipes that you’re after, duck on over to Brookford Kitchen Diaries. It’s about food – of the feel-good type.

Why Brookford?

A couple of years I published a book titled Wish You Were Here. The leading lady in that book was a character named Maxine (Max) Henderson. Max lived in a (fictional) village in The Cotswolds called Brookford.

Max worked in a nursery in Brookford – one of those ones that sell gifts as well as plants, with a little local produce on the side.  She took what was in season and wrote a monthly newsletter for the shop – what to plant, what to harvest, and what to do with it. It was a kitchen diary of sorts, detailing what she’d been baking or cooking from the ingredients available – seasonal home cooking at it’s absolute best.

Max now lives in Queenstown and is still baking, but through her, I’ve discovered a love for writing about food – so much that my new novel, Happy Ever After, also falls firmly into foodie lit territory. This time though, food and family are closely intertwined.

We head back to Brookford and baking in my upcoming novel Escape To Curlew Cottage.

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2 Replies to “About”

  1. Hi, Jo – I am delighted to connect with you via Leanne’s blog. I live in Paradise as well (Vancouver Island, British Columbia). I am intrigued by what you have written above and greatly look forward to reading more!

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