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Jojo Moyes is a former journalist that writes romance novels. The British author was born in 1969 in Maidstone, Kent. She worked as a typist for blind people, a brochure writer, and a minicab controller. This was all before she attended Royal Holloway University (London) or City University.
Order of Me Before You Series
|1||Me Before You||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||After You||2015||Description / Buy|
|3||Still Me||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Girl You Left Behind Series
|1||Honeymoon in Paris||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||The Girl You Left Behind||2012||Description / Buy|
Order of Jojo Moyes Standalone Novels
|1||Sheltering Rain||2002||Description / Buy|
|2||Foreign Fruit||2003||Description / Buy|
|3||Windfallen||2003||Description / Buy|
|4||The Peacock Emporium||2005||Description / Buy|
|5||The Ship of Brides||2005||Description / Buy|
|6||Silver Bay||2007||Description / Buy|
|7||Night Music||2008||Description / Buy|
|8||The Last Letter from Your Lover||2008||Description / Buy|
|9||The Horse Dancer||2009||Description / Buy|
|10||One Plus One||2014||Description / Buy|
|11||The Giver of Stars||2019||Description / Buy|
|12||Someone Else’s Shoes||2023||Description / Buy|
Order of Jojo Moyes Short Stories/Novellas
|1||Paris for One||2015||Description / Buy|
Order of Jojo Moyes Short Story Collections
|1||Paris for One and Other Stories||2016||Description / Buy|
Her time at City University was financed by The Independent newspaper. She studied newspaper journalism in 1992, eventually landing a position at The Independent. Before joining the publication, the author worked for the Egham and Staines News.
Jojo started writing at a young age. She filled her attic at home with stories of young girls riding telepathic animals. Her time as a journalist prepared her for the challenges she would encounter as an author of fiction. She learned to meet tight deadlines and to identify the most important aspects of every story.
However, it took Jojo a long time to finally attain her publishing dreams. Her first three manuscripts were failures. Publishers rejected them. Even though she was much younger at the time, Jojo had one child in her home and a second one on the way.
Her career as a journalist was also quite demanding. As such, she couldn’t afford to pour her time into an endeavor that had failed to produce fruit. For that reason, following the rejection of her first three manuscripts, she decided to give writing one more go. She wrote a fourth manuscript and she promised that she would abandon writing altogether if it was also rejected.
To her surprise, not only did the manuscript receive a positive reception but it triggered a bidding war among various publishers. This should have marked the start of a successful career in publishing. However, Jojo Moyes’ work did not attract the attention she had hoped it would.
After writing for The Independent for ten years, she began a decade-long relationship with Hodder and Stoughton in 2002. But none of her novels ever appeared on a bestseller list, not in those ten years.
‘Me Before You’ changed everything. Jojo was driving her children from school when she heard a story about a rugby player on the radio that inspired the story behind the novel. It was an unconventional love story but Jojo was confident in its potential.
She pitched it to Hodder and Stoughton but because of her track record, they did not share her enthusiasm. Because of all the risks involved, Jojo was hesitant to write without a contract. This compelled her to seek out other publishers, eventually landing a Penguin contract.
Unlike her previous publisher, Penguin loved the concept for ‘Me Before You’. Their faith in the author was rewarded. The book was a massive hit, attracting the praise of audiences in several countries.
Jojo’s other novels were just as well-received, turning the author into a giant literary star. ‘Me Before You’ isn’t the only story that was inspired by the news. Though, the author wants her readers to understand that she doesn’t have any particular source of inspiration. Her ideas come from ordinary life. She has been inspired by everything from paintings to music.
Jojo Moyes Awards
‘Foreign Fruit’ and ‘The Last Letter From Your Lover’ won the Romantic Novelists’ Association (Romantic Novel of the Year) Award. Jojo received a UK Galaxy Book Award nomination.
Jojo Moyes Books into Movies
‘Me Before You’ and ‘The Last Letter From Your Lover’ became live-action movies of the same names. The ‘Me Before You’ adaptation starred Emilia Clarke.
Best Jojo Moyes Books
Jojo is a wife and mother with three children and several animals that include a former racehorse. Some of her best novels include:
Me Before You: Will Traynor lived an exciting life. He was always traveling the world and doing extreme sports. But an accident left him in a wheelchair, changing everything. Now the young man has set into motion a shocking plan that Louisa Clark, an ordinary girl, will go to great lengths to stop.
The Giver of Stars: Alice Wright was tired of her stifling English life. She thought that things would change once she married Bennett and started over in Kentucky. But the small town she now calls home is no different. When she learns of a traveling library that needs women like her, Alice takes the opportunity to escape.
When Does The Next Jojo Moyes book come out?
Jojo Moyes doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Someone Else’s Shoes and was released on February, 7th 2023.