Jo Reed grew up in a small village not far from Ashby de la Zouch, England. In 1971 she moved to the West Country, where she settled and raised two sons. In the 1980s she was offered a place at the University of Bristol, where she studied psychology and philosophy and, later, artificial intelligence. She went on to become a researcher in animal behaviour and genetics, before taking up a lecturing post. In the late nineties she also set up her own small business, producing computerised designs for knitting machines and writing articles for knitting magazines.
Jo won the Daily Telegraph Travel Writing Competition in 2008, and her short story credits include Mslexia, Lancashire Magazine, The People’s Friend, The New Writer and Words with Jam. In 2008/9, she won an Arts Council supported Apprenticeship with Adventures in Fiction for her first novel, The Tyranny of the Blood, which was subsequently taken up by Wild Wolf Publishing in May 2009. A Child of the Blood followed in 2010, and the third novel in the series, Malim’s Legacy was published at the end of October 2012.
Jo currently lives in Bristol, where she continues to write and lecture in psychology, physiology and creative writing.