My name is Jo Hart and I am an aspiring author living in Australia. I have always had a great passion for the written word and started this blog as a way to share my passion with others.
My main aim for this blog is to share writing tips I have learned, links to helpful writing sites and my own writing journey with other writers. I have found the writing community to be a friendly and supportive community and I hope my blog can help and inspire other writers as much as others have helped and inspired me.
My editions of ‘Helpful Writing Sites and Blog Posts’ provide links to the most helpful sites I come across and are compiled into a master list with categories on everything from character development to word count to editing to querying. Everything a writer needs to know! You can find the masterlist of helpful writing sites and blog posts in the navigation bar at the top of my blog.
My favourite genres to write are fantasy and mystery, though I like to dabble in a variety of genres. I love writing children’s stories (picture books through to young adult), though I also write short stories for an older readership.
I have stories published in various anthologies and online. You can find out more about them here:
Behind the Pen
I live in the peace and quiet of the country with my husband and three young children. I love the country atmosphere and being able to sit outside with nature and my thoughts. We have a large variety of animals, including dogs, cats, cows, sheep, goats and chooks.
I graduated university with a Bachelor of Education and I teach students at primary school level, though at the moment I am on a break from teaching to focus on my family and my writing. I also completed a major in Writing and electives in Language and Literacy and Indigenous Literature.
You can e-mail me at:
thegracefuldoe (at) hotmail (dot) com
Honourable Mention (for a fun, well-written animal entry) Susanna Hill’s 2015 Annual Holiday Writing Contest
Jungle Bell Rock
Finalist Susanna Hill’s 2012 Annual Holiday Writing Contest
Dashing Through the School
Finalist 2013 Australian Literature Review Short Story Competition ‘Mystery’
Murder at Beaumont Manor
2nd Place 2011 CYA Conference Competition (preschool category)
Finalist 2011 Australian Literature Review Short Story Competition ‘Troubled Family Relationship’
The Family Waldorf
3rd Place 2010 Smories International Short Story Competition
Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?
‘How to Write More – Tips and Tricks for a Quick First Draft’ – guest post on the Chapter Book Challenge blog
‘Tuesday 12 x 12: Jo Hart’ – guest post on Julie Hedlund’s blog
‘What Harry Potter has Taught Me About Writing’ – guest post on Harry Potter for Writers
‘Top 10 Ways to Give Children a Head Start (Without Pressuring Them)’ – lifeinfotainment.com