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

A Family-Sized Passport

One advantage of writing about the 1920s, as opposed to say the 1320s, is the availability of contemporary photographs and sometimes even videos like this silent short including the mob at Rudolph Valentino’s funeral. While researching my current story on Harry Wills, the best boxer of the 1920s who never got a…

Old Faithful – The Rum Running Dog

Bill McCoy’s Newfoundland dog, Old Faithful, sailed with the rumrunner in the early 1920s as Bill’s companion and banker. As you can imagine, rum running was a cash-and-carry business. When wads of dollars filled Bill’s pockets, he dumped the dough on the double bunk he shared with his dog. Faithful guarded the stash with bared teeth and a guttural…

Not Just Any 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…

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