About the Author

Jo Mabey was born more years ago than she is prepared to disclose and grew up in a small town in West Yorkshire.

Due to her belief that the grass is always greener, she left Yorkshire as a teenager and spent many years flitting from place to place, working several different jobs and studying at four universities. She did not manage to gain four degrees but somewhere along the way developed a passion for writing.

Her stories and poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, while her YA novel, Polly’s World, was shortlisted in the Northern Writers Hachette Children’s Novel Award. She was also awarded first prize in the short story competition for Scotland’s Indie Book Festival 2023.

By an unfortunate twist of fate, Joanna ended up back in that same small West Yorkshire town from where she tried so desperately to escape and currently resides there with her high-maintenance daughter, mad dog, and overweight cat. She spends most of her time overthinking, procrastinating, and not writing. 

My Latest Writing

  • The Second Mrs Rochester

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    Reader, I married him,Ten long years ago;At first I was in heaven,Then the cracks began to show. His affliction made him surly;It irked him to have me – A weak and feeble woman – Attend to all his needs. I tried my best to satisfy,To sate his every whim,But the more I fawned and pandered,The more it…

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  • Tick Tock

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    The mantel clock’s gone mental:its tick, once smooth and calm,is now the rapid poundingof a deadly firearm.And though it’s just past breakfast, the hands show time for tea;at this rate I’ll have snuffed itby the time I’m thirty-three.

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  • Mother Knows Best

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    Something’s not right, but I don’t know what. I try to keep my eyes open long enough to read the time on the clock radio by my bed. 7:36. Shit. I’m going to be late. Didn’t the alarm go off? Maybe I slept through it again. I feel kind of groggy. The sun is streaming…

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