Agent: Broo Doherty
When Jo visited a small exhibition about a former Wolverhampton department store, she had no idea that it might one day be the inspiration for a novel – or six!
Jo had a 30-year career writing for TV soaps like Crossroads and EastEnders, including twenty years producing and scriptwriting for The Archers, including the dramatic Rob and Helen coercive control storyline. But she took the plunge and, making the change from the countryside to an urban setting, created the Shop Girls series, set in a fictional Midland department store in World War Two and published by Harper Collins.
A warm sense of community, the precious nature of female friendship, hope despite the hardships on the Home Front and, of course, romance with all its ups and downs, are the keynotes to her books.
Jo lives in the Midlands with her husband, and has one daughter and two doted-on granddaughters.
Books by Joanna Toye
HarperCollins Swoops on Toye's Wartime Saga - September 2020