Despite spending most of her life trying to scam more time to read, Rachel has written books that have hit the USA Today bestseller list, are published in over 26 countries and have been translated into 16 Languages. She’s also managed to graduate with degrees in both psychology and social work, and is currently completing a PhD in literature. Rachel is a past president of the Romance Writers of Australia and loves to teach writing, having presented online and at conferences and festivals across Australia and New Zealand.
Rachel is primarily published in contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy, but she is interested in the broad scope of genre fiction. Her PhD research is focused on the intersection of popular romance studies and literary animal studies, and during her candidature has worked as a tutor in an undergraduate subject on thrillers, fantasy and romance fiction.
She has taught masterclasses and workshops at events such as the Romance Writers of Australia national conference, The Noosa Long Weekend, Bundaberg WriteFest, Romance Writers of New Zealand conference, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild annual retreats, and the RWA OWLS (online writing workshops). She has also spoken on panels at the Australian Romance Readers Convention, the Romance Writers of Australia national conference, and the Romance Writers of New Zealand conference. In 2008 she was awarded the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award for service to the Romance Writers of Australia and its members.
Rachel lives with her own personal hero and six rescue dogs on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her house is on her dream property – 10 acres of native trees on the side of a hill, within driving distance to the beach, where she spends her days in the peace and quiet of her trees, surrounded by dogs, making up stories for a living.
Josephine writes fiction and non-fiction, but mostly fiction. She is a bestselling author of contemporary fiction and is published internationally in eight countries.
She describes her writing as contemporary stories about life, love, careers and food, sometimes partially set between Australia and overseas and other times just in Australia. Sometimes they are mysteries, sometime love stories, occasionally suspense. Food plays a big supporting role in her stories and she often calls her work ‘foodie lit’ or ‘foodie fiction’–stories food lovers love. Her readers regularly tell her they love learning new things about food… and that her stories make them hungry.
She the author of fiction titles The Tea Chest (which was shortlisted for an Australian Book Industry Award in 2015), The Chocolate Promise, The Beekeeper’s Secret, Three Gold Coins, and The Gift of Life, and non-fiction titles Horse Rescue: Inspiring Stories of Second Chance Horses and the Lives They Changed, and Buddhism for Meat Eaters: Simple Wisdom for a Kinder World. In Australia, she has been published by Allen & Unwin, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster. Her writing has also been published in The Sun-Herald, Sydney Morning Herald, Good Reading, Affair, Audrey Daybook, Nova, WQ, Horses and People, and more.
Jo has appeared as a speaker or workshop facilitator at the Brisbane Writers Festival, The Clare Valley Readers & Writers Festival, The Burdekin Readers & Writers Festival, the Noosa Long Weekend, The Nash Agency’s Writers Retreat, the Horizon Festival, Lines In the Sand, and as a guest speaker for a 2018 charity VIEW Literary Luncheon.
Prior to life as an author, Jo completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, majoring in Print and Broadcast Journalism, and Film and Media, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Education, going on to teach high school English and Film and TV. After leaving teaching, she worked at a technical writer in an environment department of city council, then as the Coordinating Editor of an engineering company and as a Trainer of engineers, helping to improve their written communication. She worked as a Project Editor for John Wiley & Sons, working on full colour high school text books and has been the Business Coordinator for Blue Ribbon Physiotherapy/Allied Aged Care since 2007.
She lives in the Noosa hinterland, Australia, with her husband, son and a tribe of animals that, despite her best intentions, seems to expand every year.