Jo Derrick

Jo Derrick

Jo Derrick has been writing seriously since 1990 and has numerous short stories and articles published in a wide range of publications, including Mslexia, Writers’ Forum, Woman’s Weekly, Take A Break’s Fiction Feast, Upstart!, Peninsular, Buzzwords, Slipstream and many more. Her short stories have also been successful in competitions and published in anthologies. Her most recent success was winning second prize in The Bridgwater Writers' 40th Anniversary Competition. Jo is the former editor/publisher of The Yellow Room Magazine, a print journal for women writers and former publisher of QWF Magazine. She is working on a psychological crime novel.


Jo Derrick in 60 seconds

When did you start writing?

1990 Leicestershire.

What do you love about Short Stories?

To be able to capture a snapshot of a character's world in so few words.

Do you write in other forms?


What distracts you from writing?

Family, social media, coffee with friends.

Outside of writing, what are your other passions?

Cycling, running, reading and going to gigs.

What is your favourite book?

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.

Who are your favourite writers?

William Trevor, Kate Atkinson and Maggie O'Farrell

Where is your dream location?

Kintyre Peninsular, Scotland

What one item would you put into Room 101?

The phrase 'going forward'.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Submit, submit, submit. Don't be deterred. Enter lots of literary competitions and take any advice/feedback you can get, then act on it.

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