I started writing stories when I was five years old, and haven't stopped since. Because of many people in my life, past and present, who are GLBTQA, I write about teens who fit part of that spectrum in the hope that some will find encouragement as well as entertainment from my stories. Jo Ramsey is a firm believer that everyone has the power to be a hero in their own lives and the lives of others. Whether someone has been bullied or abused, or insulted, or is just afraid they aren't strong enough, Jo believes they can do great things if they just find the strength inside them. Her books include characters who do exactly that. She wrote her first story when she was five, and completed her first book-length manuscript when she was 12. Through junior high, high school, and college, she wrote about 19 more book-length stories, all longhand. Well, she didn't have a computer back then... Her first young adult novel, Connection, was published in January 2010. Jo is a former special education teacher who now writes full time and does occasional visits to schools and libraries. She lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters, her husband, and three cats, one of whom thinks she's a paperweight.