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.
I generally post once a week on a range of writing topics. At the end of each month I post an edition of ‘Helpful Writing Sites and Blog Posts’ with links to the most helpful sites I come across during that month. You can find a masterlist of helpful writing sites and blog posts in the navigation bar at the top of my blog.
My favourite genres to write include fantasy, mystery and adventure. I generally write children’s Literature (picture books through to young adult), though I occasionally write short stories for an older readership.
I have several short stories published in various anthologies:
‘Spectrum’ SuperHERo Tales (December 2013)
‘Dashing Through the School’ Jingle Bells: Tales of Holiday Spirit from Around the World (December 2013)
‘Family Man’ The Life and Times of Chester Lewis (October 2012)
‘A Troll for Christmas’ Deck the Halls (July 2012)
‘Eighteen for Life’ Literary Mix Tapes: Eighty-Nine (October 2011)
‘A Penny for a Wish’ 100 Stories for Queensland (May 2011)
‘Angel Blood’ Australian Literature: A Snapshot in 10 Short Stories (April 2011)
‘Murder at Beaumont Manor‘ The Australian Literature Review (June 2013)
‘Green Nadine’ Australian Women Online (March 2012)
‘The Flower Show Fiasco‘ Australian Women Online (November 2011)
‘The Family Waldorf‘ The Australian Literature Review (May 2011)
‘Waiting on the Docks‘ The Australian Literature Review (August 2010)
‘Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?’ Smories (July 2010)
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
2nd Place 2011 CYA Conference Competition (preschool category)
Finalist Australian Literature Review Short Story Competition ‘Troubled Family Relationship’
The Family Waldorf
3rd Place Smories International Short Story Competition July 2010
Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?
‘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