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Jo Schaffer

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Walnut Creek, California, The United States


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January 2008


Jo Schaffer was born and raised in the California Bay Area in a huge, creative family. She is a YA novelist, speaker, writer at, works in film production and is a Taekwondo black belt.

She's a founding member of Writers Cubed and co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the largest conferences in the nation for youth ages 13-19. She and a crew of local and international bestselling authors present writing workshops to hundreds of attendees at the Utah-based conference as well as hundreds of others worldwide who view the conference online.

Jo loves being involved in anything that promotes literacy and family. She is passionate about community, travel, books, music, healthy eating, classic films and martial arts. Her brain is

My new book is coming out with Month9Books on May 15th! This YA novel was inspired by my love of classic film and my interest in the juxtaposition of the glamour and poverty that coexisted during the Great Depression.

Stanley and Hazel come from the two opposite extremes of the social spectrum and I wanted to explore that. This trope hearkens back to the days of 1930s movies like The Thin Man... Read more of this blog post »
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Average rating: 3.45 · 175 ratings · 27 reviews · 4 distinct works
Stanley and Hazel

4.25 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2018 — 3 editions
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White Lies

liked it 3.00 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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The Storm

4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2011
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Against Her Will

3.41 avg rating — 157 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Pieces Of Jo (Biographies & Memoirs)
6 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: In no particular order I present some thoughts- slices of my life. Everyone has a crazy family.Personal memories, musings on lessons learned in retrospect.
High Rise Spiders (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: The horror I found visiting my sister in Chicago.
Lady Bug Hill (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: A poignant memory from my childhood.
Brownies and Caramel (Health, Mind & Body)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: A recipe that is yummy and healthy.
Lost in the Cosmo...
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The Winter Sea
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by Susanna Kearsley (Goodreads Author)
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Jo Schaffer Jo Schaffer said: " So far so good. Rich with history--just like I love 'em. "


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Against Her Will by Serita Stevens
"Overall, this was a great read. It kept my interest through the whole story. Not your typical YA read. "
Against Her Will by Serita Stevens
"Excellent look into the environment associated with mental healthcare facilities. The cynicism, inner turmoil and conflict, and the relationships between patients and staff make for an interesting read. Everyone can rally behind a strong-willed an..." Read more of this review »
Against Her Will by Serita Stevens
"I don't think I would recommend this book to anyone under the age of 18 due to mature content, unless the teen is very mature emotionally. There's a lot of emotional outbursts due to psychological traumas, and some sexual events that happen to the..." Read more of this review »
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Common Courtesy by Judith Martin
“…women were brought up to have only one set of manners. A woman was either a lady or she wasn't, and we all know what the latter meant. Not even momentary lapses were allowed; there is no female equivalent of the boys-will-be-boys concept.”
Judith Martin
Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells
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We read to know we're not alone.
“We read to know we're not alone.”
William Nicholson, Shadowlands

C.S. Lewis
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Henry James
“I always want to know the things one shouldn't do."
"So as to do them?" asked her aunt.
"So as to choose." said Isabel”
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

Clive James
“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”
Clive James

2494 When I grow up I want to be a WRITER! — 136 members — last activity Aug 08, 2009 10:31PM
When you were little did you want to be a novelist? Forget the whole idea of wanting to become a teacher, a doctor, an could care less ...more
25x33 The No "No Duh" Group — 25 members — last activity Dec 13, 2010 09:56AM
This is a group where stupid and vapid are left at the door. It is for guided general discussions, meaning, no general drivel or pointltess ramblings. ...more
110240 Haaave Ya Met... — 1058 members — last activity Jul 18, 2018 07:04PM
Networking for authors, beta readers, editors, reviewers, and book bloggers.
93594 Teen Author Boot Camp — 6 members — last activity Jan 29, 2013 11:54PM
All teens wanting to keep track of what's happening with the Teen Author Boot Camp locally, or online via our broadcast of the conference.
67761 Month9Books — 867 members — last activity May 07, 2015 02:22PM
Official goodreads group for Month9Books and its authors.
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Claudine You're so cute, Jo! And yes, I agree, we're quite the busted ones...bookworm hotties indeed! LOL!

Now I need to catch up with you and actually write something...hmmmm.

Claudine Thanks for inviting me to this tasty little site! I just started putting books on here tonight - and even stole one of yours for a future read!

Bookworms unite! xoxoxoxo

Jo, you definitely will have a book on this list some day. You can write Jo.

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