Photo by Polly Donohue

Photo by Polly Donohue

Jo Watson Hackl grew up just outside a ghost town in the middle of the Mississippi piney woods in a county where storytelling is a major form of entertainment. This tradition inspired her passion for writing. She spent her childhood inventing characters, roaming the woods, and picking way more than her share of butterbeans.

She received a BA from Millsaps College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Jo serves as Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Carolinas and is a founding member of the Upstate South Carolina Children's Writer's Group. She also is a regular columnist on writing topics for the Pen & Palette, published by SCBWI Carolinas. She practices corporate, securities and employment law in Greenville, South Carolina. She lives with her chef husband and three children on 22 acres on the side of a mountain, where she writes every day, takes as many black and white photographs as her family will tolerate, and raises fruits, vegetables, flowers and many, many weeds.