This week's spotlight part one goes to:
Jo Linsdell is originally from the
UK but went to
in June 2001 for 3 days and ended up staying (something she says is much easier
to do than most people would think). Since then she has become bilingual,
married an Italian and become mum to two little boys (one 5 years old and one 2
years old) who make sure she never has time to get bored. Rome, Italy
Although she's always enjoyed writing she only started her writing career in 2006. After seeing an advertisement that an English language newspaper in
was open to submissions, she sent off an article. It was published in the very
next issue and was the first of several articles she wrote for the newspaper.
This was the turning point for Jo as it was when she realised she could
actually be a published writer. Since then she's published several books (most
of which have become best sellers), written for various publications and
websites around the world, and won awards and recognition (including the
Literary Worlds Who's Who in the Writing Industry). Florence
Jo is a multi genre author and loves to experiment with her writing. Her favourite genres are children's picture books and non-fiction though. She is also an illustrator. She illustrated her own books and also works in collaboration this other children's authors.
She is the founder and organiser of the free annual online event called Promo Day. A whole day dedicated to promoting, networking, and learning. Full of free presentations on topics related to book promotion and marketing by experts in the industry, and loads of opportunities to promote and network.
Jo is also an avid blogger and runs both personal blog http://jolinsdell.blogspot.com and the award winning blog http://WritersAndAuthors.blogspot.com.
When not writing, blogging, or working on other projects, Jo likes to spend time with her family. She loves playing Dance 4 on her Wii, baking cakes, watching her favourite TV shows (which currently include Castle, Suits, and Person of Interest), and reading. Her taste in books is varied. Some of her favourite authors are Dean Koontz, Sophie Kinsella, and Frank McCourt. Jo is a self confessed chocoholic, shopaholic, social media junky, and a bit of a control freak.
Her latest book Virtual Book Tours: Effective Online Book Promotion From the Comfort of Your Own Home set a new personal best for Jo when it became a best seller on day 1 of it's launch.
You can find out more about Jo at her website www.JoLinsdell.com or by visiting her social media profiles:
And this concludes part one of the double feature spotlight. Thanks for reading!