J0 Clay holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Writing) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). She studied filmmaking and screenwriting at the University of Colorado and recently completed a Writing Sci-Fi course with the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Her zombie novel, Flesh, won an Olvar Wood Fellowship Award in 2010. The prize included a one-week residency and six month mentorship to develop the manuscript. A previous project won an Orbit / Hachette Manuscript Development Award in 2008.
Jo’s publications include a regular column in The Canberra Cyclist, articles in local magazines Ethos and Hearsay, short stories in Australia’s Security Nightmares, Dark Edifice and Ripples and poetry prizes and publications. She has worked as a policy wrangler in counter-terrorism, legal regulation and waste management and was surprised to find that the last generated the most dinner-party debate. People care about rubbish. She is currently drafting a sci-fi thriller and planning a time travel farce.
Jo loves reading, snowboarding, cycling and playing with her dogs, but not all at the same time, because the kelpie can’t reach the pedals and refuses to wear her helmet.