ABOUT ME

I'm an Ipswich (Springfield) based writer, researcher and public

relations professional, with two decades of PR experience

in the higher education, government and private sectors. 

I've written two books / manuscripts - Masters Guide to Wedding

Photography a non-fiction book, co-authored with acclaimed

Brisbane photographer, Marcus Bell

(www.studioimpressions.com.au). Masters Guide was published

by Amherst Media in New York City in

2007. 

 

The second manuscript is a family memoir entitled The Daisy Chain,

including the experiences of four generations of women from the

same family, all struggling with impossible obstacles and choices

around motherhood. It is a touching, yet positive reflection on the

importance of knowing where we come from, how we must

learn from the past to change the future, and how the experiences

of those who came before us form part of our DNA.

 

I am currently working on a fictional novel entitled

Dances With Dogs about a lack-lustre marriage that is brought to

the brink when the couple’s public, private and secret lives collide

in a Generation X Catfish story. In one sentence I'd describe it as, 

War of the Roses meets American Beauty and spawns a Gen X

Catfish drama.

 

I'm interested in the reading and writing about the complexities of the human experience. I'm in love with the frailties and failings of us all, that highlight our vulnerability and join us together in one, big, melting pot of captivating, fleshy mush.

 

I have also written feature and news articles for a variety of publications both in Australia and internationally, designed and created websites and delivered workshops about constructing identity after adoption, writing memoir, finding language to circle trauma and overcoming obstacles to achieve success. 

I have a Doctor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) USC, Master of Public Relations USQ and a Bachelor of Arts (Journ, Writing) Monash. I have served as a member of the management committee for the Queensland Writers Centre and serve on the management committee of Jigsaw Queensland Inc. (Post Adoption Resource Centre).

I began my life in Brisbane, moving several times - first to a 1200 acre grain farm at Brookstead on the Darling Downs, and then Toowoomba, Nanango...back to Brisbane and I currently live in Springfield (Ipswich). I've been with my high school crush for twenty-nine years and back in 2018 we celebrated the coming of age of our marriage - twenty-one years. We share our lives with our two beautiful sons and a cattle dog who hogs our bed and runs the house.

EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Constructing Identity After Adoption

When I began writing my memoir in 2011, I didn't realise I was constructing a framework over which to drape my future skin. When I completed the manuscript, I could see myself authentically reflected for the first time. I've learned that narrative writing is an effective way to construct identity following a traumatic event such as adoption.

2013 - 2015

University of the Sunshine Coast

Doctor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing)

Writing Memoir

Whether writing for yourself, family history or publication, penning a memoir is both a rewarding and enlightening experience. Discovering ways to innovate in creative non-fiction makes it even more so.

2010 - 2011

University of Southern Queensland

Master of Public Relations

2002 - 2004

Monash University

Bachelor of Arts (Journalism, Writing)

Jo-Ann Sparrow Author

Email: jo@josparrow.com

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