Tell us about yourself.
Hello everyone, my name is Jo Carter. I’m a young Australia writer with two big dreams: to publish a novel and help change the world using my own corner of the internet. I work full time in administration and write when I have a spare moment, in between spending time with my family and partner, learning new pole tricks, getting distracted by T.V. on DVD and video games, and munching my way through a giant to-be-read pile.
What is your novel about?
It’s a new adult novel with fantasy and romance. Head to the “Writing By Me” page to find out what it’s about and keep updated [on a semi regular basis 😉 ].
Do you think you’ll traditionally or self publish?
My aim is traditional publishing. It scares me to think about publishing my book alone. I want someone to hold my hand and lend their knowledge to me. However, I know being traditionally published isn’t a sure fire route. I have considered self publishing before, and maybe that is where things will lead me, but for now, I want to stick with traditional.
What brought you to writing?
I think I’ve always liked writing. My earliest writing related memory is being under ten and using the printer to create a story booklet. It was about horses and Mum was my only reader. I started several novels, but it wasn’t until I was 15 that I started seriously thinking about finishing a manuscript. My uncle encouraged me at a family wedding and told me to stick with one. I did, and it’s coming close to bearing fruit. It’s been a long journey, especially throughout high school, but I’ve never given up. I believe in my characters and the world I’ve created.
What issues of social justice are you most passionate about?
It doesn’t take much for an issue to warrant my support! Problems which have been at the front of my mind (and social media feeds) lately are: the treatment of rape victims, many of Trump’s decisions since becoming elected, gay marriage, abortion choice, and female mortality rates – particularly in third world countries. Reading a book called Half the Sky really opened my eyes about female mortality rates. I discovered it on Emma Watson’s Goodreads group: Our Shared Shelf.
I am also pro-recycling, against animal cruelty, equally love the environment and technology, and hate racism.
What advice would you give to others wanting to help change the world?
Do what you can, and don’t feel like it isn’t enough. I used to agonise over not doing “enough”, but it was silly. I am doing plenty by just spreading the word and standing up for things in my own community. More than registration is needed to make a change. Attitude is a big factor, and if you can help to change just one person’s attitude, you are doing the world a massive favour.
Sharing things like wildfire is awesome too, but remember to do research before hitting share or retweet or reblog. We need more facts in the maze of the internet.
Thank you for chatting to us. Any parting words?
I hope readers enjoyed this different about page. It was fun to interview myself.
Please don’t be afraid to contact me. There’s plenty of opportunities via this webpage or other social media avenues. I am super friendly and like meeting new people! 🙂