About Jo

Australian author, Jo Demmer, has experienced both the exhilaration and the jarring dislocation of life as an expat spouse. With her husband and two sons, she spent 13 years between Lagos, Nigeria; Houston, USA; and Doha, Qatar before repatriating to Melbourne, Australia. Chances are, they will venture overseas again, but who knows where?

Previously an electrical engineer turned career consultant, she has used her expat years to become a writer. Along the way, she has studied ballroom and Latin dance, helped to build a school, been stuck in the sand (in a 4WD) in both the Doha and Australian deserts (not at the same time) and had a hallucinogenic experience in Peru.

She wrote the Sam and Sue Adventure Series, illustrated by Whitney Van Nuis. With Gail Collins, she compiled, edited and wrote two anthologies about expat adventures Nigerian Gems and Papua New Guinea Pearls. Eight of Jo’s stage productions have been produced in Lagos, Nigeria and two were performed at Woodlands Preparatory School in Houston, Texas.

Photo by Susan Bradfield Photography www.susanbradfieldphotography.com