Jo Jette is an author, editor, designer, artist and online curator. Branded too uncool to friend and too smart to live by the “popular” kids (OK well… pretty much all the kids at school if she’s being honest), in her formative years Jo Jette dived head first into a world filled with tortured teenage angst, heavy metal and punk rock. Oh and she wrote some really bad poetry. I mean it was truly atrocious. I tell you, she would have given Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings a run for her money. Finally realising that poetry was perhaps not the best way to express herself, and driven by an obsession with reading everything she could get her hands on, Jo Jette picked up a pen and started writing her own tall tales. Somewhat ambitiously she began by creating choose-your-own-adventures. Hand-writing and illustrating them herself in little stapled-together-hand-made books.
Many years later, after failing Literature in high school (even though she wasn’t enrolled in the class!) and following a few awkward career choices, which included studying Criminology and working for a Private Investigator, Jo Jette became the Editor of Desktop magazine, where she stayed until 2010. After leaving Desktop, Jo Jette joined the fabulous team at Wooden Toy Quarterly, a passion publication where she moonlighted as the magazine’s Editor until the publication’s unforeseen permanent hiatus in 2012. With the closure of Wooden Toy, Jo Jette founded her own digital magazine, Nothing to Nobody, a 76-page quarterly focusing on art, life and everything in between. The magazine ran for 12 issues over 3 years, but the companion blog continues to this day.
As much as she loves magazines however, Jo Jette’s one true love has always been writing novelettes, books, bookettes and novels. Finally, in 2013 she worked up the courage to leave the magazines behind and focus on writing her own stories. After hunting through her archives of half-finished written nonsense, she picked up a novel she had started back in 2010. Since that fateful day (I think it happened to be a Tuesday), she has written and self-published 3 books – Thirteen Bones, Café La Morte and Stone – as well as writing and illustrating numerous short stories.
When she’s not smashing out words at the speed of delight, Jo Jette loves reading or watching Sci-Fi (Doctor Who, Star Wars and anything by Douglas Adams are her favourites), roller skating, boxing or hanging out with her husband Josh, and their cats - Frankenstein, Oswin & Arthur.