Jo Haraf

About me

Jo Haraf lives in the San Francisco Bay area and is active in the local literary scene where she is a Board member of the California Writers Club – Marin Branch.

Jo is spending most of her time in the 1800s working on a fictional biography of Lady Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s only legitimate daughter and the world’s first computer programmer.

From my website

Not Just A Name

I relish a good character name, something more than a moniker. Here are two from my long list of favorite character names, both from A. S. Byatt’s novel, Possession. The protagonist, Roland, believed his boss, James Blackadder, editor of Ash’s Complete Works, undermined his career by sending poor references for the academic…

A ham of rye, please.

I’ve decided to retire my blogs on Lady Ada, Programmer, and The Extraordinary People of New York in the 1920s, consolidating my research outtakes here. From the title of this post, you may think that I’ve a deli story to tell, and that I misspelled “ham on rye.” Nope. Today’s story is…

Eight Authors and Me

On December 18th, I received a cheery email containing the “no more than 4,000 words” written by the six ladies in  workshop for my third semester in Pacific University’s MFA program – six talented authors whose prose crackles with conflict and swells with sensual descriptions. A few minutes ago, I…

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