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When Jo was six, she had a dream that one day she would walk barefoot somewhere in Africa. This dream has never left her and hopes to be there in 2023 or 2024. Why is she going? 

Walk with her for a while.  She grew up in the Bronx and lived there until the age of twelve. A fun day in the summer occurred when the firemen would come by and open up the fire hydrants.  All the kids were out and the sounds of laughter and joy were echoing on the street.

Moving to Schenectady, New York with her family was a new adventure.  Living in a private home and having a dog brought smiles to this shy girl's face.

She married and had five children but lost her son Jason at the age of two.

A writer, author, curator, and lover of books.   

She has called herself the reluctant author as this was not a path she anticipated for her life.


In 2007, she was involved in a serious car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury.  She lost the ability to read, write, her peripheral vision, and did not function on a day-to-day basis.

In 2013, an encounter with God began to bring healing to her and she gives all the glory to God.

Every day is a gift and she cannot waste it. 

Her life's journey brought her to this place in time.  

In 2022, she started a nonprofit, In Their Hands. To l learn more about this, go to the tab, In Their Hands.

Yes, the dream! She will visit Africa and build book nooks, libraries, and much more.







Jo loves to speak, and my heart is to share with women in the following ways.


Retreats, Churches, and Special Events

Do you need a speaker for an event, retreat, or small gathering? Jo will share how God met her in her darkest hours when she had a traumatic brain injury and her encounter with God. Losing a child and having an abortion are a time when she was living and walking on a dangerous road, but God met her and radically changed her life.


Jo is available to speak in person or virtually. She brings humor, energy, authenticity, faith, and strength she found in the Word of God to her presentations. Her story is about how God brought her to a relationship with the Light of the World during her darkest times.

Jo can offer themed messages to your group and work with your team to customize a topic you have selected. small or large groups, in churches, or wherever God leads her.

​Homeschooler Parents and Kids

In the winter of 2023, Jo will publish her first, in a series, of children’s historical fiction books. She loves to share history with kids and make it fun to learn. 


Conferences, Book Clubs, and Writer’s Groups.


Jo loves to speak about her writing journey and the benefits of writer’s groups. She is president of a virtual group of Word Weaver's International in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I’m a member of Inspiration, Inc., a local writer’s group. 

Jo is available to speak at conferences, churches, and groups, and will tailor my talk to your needs.

Coming in the Winter of 2023.

Tentative Title: KT and Winston's Adventures in Time Travel.

Genre - Fiction/Children's Historical Fiction

Release Date -  Winter of 2023

KT and Winston's Adventures in Time Travel is a middle-grade novel. This is the first in the series.

The story takes you on a rollercoaster ride when the two characters transcend space and time and travel to France in 1825. You will meet twelve-year-old KT Hunter and his British bulldog, Winston. They travel by accident when Winston places his paw on a book and barks, and the gem on his collar opens a portal of swirling books. Unique to this story is when they reach their destination, KT can understand what Winston is saying when he barks. Get ready to hear some laugh-out-loud moments between KT and Winston. They meet Louis Braille and learn how he invented the Braille system when he was a teenager. As they travel with Louis, they will meet his family, visit his school, and learn more about the challenges that impaired and blind people faced at that time. They struggle to understand clues that appear in the book. Is there someone trying to steal the book and prevent KT and Winston from returning to their time? What happens if they never return home and what does KT learn about his past and future? This is the first, in a series of children’s historical fiction books involving KT Hunter and his rescue dog, Winston.

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