Do you have an agent?

I am proud to be represented by Tricia Lawrence of Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Name 10 of your favorite books

  1. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
  2. Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke
  3. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
  4. The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo
  5. Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente
  6. The Paper Menagerie, by Ken Liu
  7. A Certain Slant of Light, by Laura Whitcomb
  8. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
  9. Tipping the Velvet, by Sarah Waters
  10. A Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snicket

If you’ve written 5 novels already, how come you haven’t published any of them?

The first 2 were written when I was in middle school. I think you can guess why.

The third was in high school. That was a mess.

The fourth was in college, and although it got 4 full requests, it was a good learning experience. The fifth was also in college, which I consider my strongest, but it dealt with very sensitive issues and is currently shelved. When I go back to read it, I feel like throwing up. That’s how bad it was.


Where does your inspiration come from?

It’s unpredictable. It can be from images I stumble across on Pinterest and Tumblr, music I listen to, facts from my history and science textbooks, people I have interacted with, the works of other writers and visual artists, etc. Sometimes I see interesting things or jot down ideas and store them away for later. I’m quite a pack rat, both a blessing and a curse.

Why are your social media handles all so inconsistent?

Yes, I’m very aware I have committed a grave social media sin: I use different handles on different social media channels. To make matters confusing, I have two names I go by in public: Jo Wu (my author and real-life name) and Carmilla Jo (my model/cosplay/acting stage name).

Here’s where I’m most active:

Twitter: Jo_Wu_Author
Instagram: CircusofMissJo
TikTok: Carmillajo

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