Before I meet her in person, I felt that I had known her for a long time. Her Facebook page is an open book about her social and political engagement. I love that she hammered nails in a home built by a community. I was impressed by how often she praised the good work of her friends and family. If you have ever felt alone when you try to be kind and generous in your community, I encourage you to follow Jo on Facebook. She often seems to be the embodiment of both hope and action.
I also asked her about some of her early YA influences. She related the story about admiring and then meeting Robert Cormier. I love thinking about how influential a supportive word from one of the great YA writers has been. I think Cormier would be pleased if he were able to read Jo Knowles’ body of work today.
Below you will find Jo’s answers to the author interview questions.