Jo Haraf is a retired business writer and technology executive reinventing herself as a fiction author and publisher of 1000 Words. She finds the transformation of a lifelong geek into a born-again fictionista a messy, but satisfying, endeavor.

She is currently working on a collection of linked biographies exploring the St. Louis businessmen who sponsored Charles A. Lindbergh’s 1927 flight to Paris.

Jo’s fiction and poetry have been published in the California Writers Club Literary Review and Ragnaro. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She’s a proud member of several writing organizations:

BettyJo lives near the Golden Gate Bridge with a scruffy terrier whose adoration sustains her through revisions and rejections.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. So why NY? I love NY and grew up in the Adirondacks, a bit of a rarity (my car fender boasts ‘Adirondack Native’); my family took the Amtrak down to the city regularly to go to museums and Gimbels for school clothes. But I am curious– why not San Francisco? Why not Chicago?

  2. “Why New York?” and “Why the 1920s?” are common questions. The short answer: serendipity. A John Singer Sargent painting, Mrs. Hugh Hammersley, led me from London, England to Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum Art and from there to the 1920s. The parallels of the 1920s to my own era are uncanny: women’s liberation, an “irrational” consumer society, banking crisis, post war attitudes, ineffective drug/alcohol prohibition … the more I learned the more I loved the people and the period. I determined to tell the stories of the ordinary people caught up New York’s historic events. The city-wide and personal impact of Rudolph Valentino’s death is my first story. Literally linear feet of books and file folders hold the tales to follow. Thanks for reading!

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