Jo Thomas was born in Aberystwyth in 1972. She worked for many years as a reporter and
producer for BBC radio. Her first book was called The Oyster Catchers, and her inspiration for this was on a visit to Galway, where she sat and ate a plate of oysters whilst discovering all about the oyster festivals in the area, in her words she writes romantic fiction about food and love.
Her second book The Olive Branch was based on a visit to one of her favourite restaurants in Puglia in southern Italy. In 2014 she was awarded The RNA Joan Hessian award for her debut novel. Her books have been described as “a great big cwtch” - a great big hug in Welsh—enjoy!