Jojo Moyes Biography
Jojo Moyes (born; Pauline Sara Jo Moyes) is an English journalist, a romance novelist and screenwriter born on 4th August 1969 in Maidstone, England. She is a two time Romantic Novelist’s award winner popularly known for her novel ‘Me Before You’ which was adopted to a movie.
Before Jojo ventured into writing she worked as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30.
She has worked as a journalist for ten years, she worked at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong for one year and at ‘The Independent’ for ten years where she worked variously as News Reporter, Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.
Since 2002 Jojo has been a full time novelist with her debut novel ‘Sheltering Rain’ being published the same year.
Jojo Moyes Age
She was born on 4 August 1969 in Maidstone, England (49 years as of 2018)
Jojo Moyes Education
Jojo Moyes has a degree from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University.. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper in 1992 to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University.
Jojo Moyes Family
Her parents are James C. Moyes and Elizabeth J. McKee. Her mother was an illustrator and her father transported fine arts. Her parents split up when she was 12 years.
‘‘I was a country child, who happened to be living in the inner city. And all I wanted for my birthday was my bedroom to turn into a stable, and Mum did it. My parents – both artists – were certainly Bohemian to an extent. You don’t notice that your childhood is eccentric or out of tilt at the time. But it was all great material for a writer.’’
Her grandparents are Betty McKee, an Australian, and her grandfather was Scottish. Jojo said that she found the inspiration for her new book “The Ship of Brides,” during a conversation with her grandmother that revealed a surprise about love in the aftermath of World War Two.
Jojo Moyes Husband
Jojo is married to Charles Arthur who is a journalist. She revealed that at the age of 17 she was engaged but it didn’t last. Jojo met Charles in her late 20s when asked about what makes a relationship work Jojo said:
“I’d say Charles and I are generally pretty kind to each other and we have fun as well,” she muses. “I love making him laugh. I’m very focused and ambitious and he’s very laid-back and relaxed, so when I get stressed out about stuff, he’s a calming hand on the tiller. And when he’s a little too laid-back, I’m the one to give everybody a kick up the backside.”
Jojo Moyes Children
She has three children Saskia born in 1998, Harry born in 2001 and Lockie born in 2005. During an interview Jojo said that writing is her part time job, her real job is a taxi-driver for her children.
“Writing is my part-time job, my real job is being a taxi service, because we’ve chosen to live where there’s no public transport. We basically start at 7am, and don’t stop until the last child has come home from wherever, so we’re happy to pay for our daughter’s driving lessons – purely out of self-interest.
What worries me is how much I’m going to miss them when they leave home though, the kids are much better company than I expected teenagers to be. I was fully braced for them to be horrors, but actually they’re pretty good fun and I really like them all. I’m sad already at the prospect of it all coming to an end.”
Jojo Moyes Net Worth
Jojo Moyes has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Jojo Moyes Books/ Books in Order
- 2002: Sheltering Rain
- 2003: Foreign Fruit
- 2004: The Peacock Emorium
- 2005: The Ship of Birdes
- 2007: Silver Bay
- 2008: Night Music
- 2009: The Horse Dancer
- 2010: The Last Letter from Your Lover
- 2012: Me Before You
- 2013: Honeymoon in Paris
- 2013: The Girl You Left Behind
- 2014: The One Plus One
- 2015: Paris for One
- 2015: After You
- 2016: Paris for One
- 2018: Still Me
Jojo Moyes Me Before You/ Me Before You Synopsis
Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
Jojo Moyes Still Me
‘Still Me’ is Jojo’s #1 New York Times selling novel which features the main character Louisa Clark. Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.
As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?
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What was the inspiration for Me Before You? It’s such a fascinating and difficult concept, what brought you to it?
Jojo Moyes: The thing that I’ve learned is that you have to write the story that is just lodged in the front of your head. You can’t write something cynically. You can’t write something you think is for the market. I heard this news story back in 2008 or 2009 about a young athlete in England who had been left quadriplegic after an accident and several years later persuaded his parents to take him to a center for assisted suicide. At the time, I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I didn’t understand it on any level. So, I started to read more about it and I realized that it just wasn’t as black and white as I wanted it to be. You like to think that if you suffer some catastrophic physical accident that you’d be like Christopher Reeve – that you’d be the amazing, graceful person who found a way through. I’m not sure I would be that person. I think I would be very angry for a long time. I spoke with a nurse who deals with this kind of spinal injury and she said that only twice in her career had she met men who just refused to accommodate it, who just refused to find a way through. That fascinated me because I thought about what it would be like to be that man’s mother, what it would be like to be the person in love with him, what it would be like to be him. I just knew it was a story I had to tell.
Effectively, this is just the story of two people. It’s about how you can change somebody and how you can accommodate them when they refuse to be changed. It’s about choices. It’s about quality of life and who gets the right to decide what that might be. But, mostly I think it’s a love story between two slightly mismatched people who made me laugh a lot while I was writing them and that sounds unlikely given the subject matter. But, they did make me laugh.
Would you say that the humor is important to the experience?
Jojo Moyes: Well, I think that was key. I’d written eight books before this one with not a single laugh in all the words I’d written to that point. What I realized, though, was you can pull a reader, or an audience, a long way down as long as you make them laugh as well. So it was really about maintaining that balance and being respectful to the subject matter at the same time.
In terms of the subject matter, how deep did you go into your research for “Me Before You”? There are two very complicated and sensitive topics: quadriplegia and assisted suicide.
Jojo Moyes: I had two relatives at the time who required twenty-four-hour care to stay alive, so a lot of the day-to-day stuff that you read actually comes from my personal experience or their personal experience. I went online and spoke to quadriplegic communities to find out what their preoccupations were and also to find out the opinion of their caregivers because the caregivers are an absolutely key part of the story. One thing that I’ve found to be a relief is the volume of email I get from caregivers – and also from quadriplegics – saying they felt I was telling their story. One of the things that I love about the story is the number of women who fall in love with Will. The disability becomes the least important issue, they almost forget that and just go “I love Will Traynor.” [Laughs.] You only have to look at my Twitter feed. Every morning I wake to women going, “I hate you! How could you do that to him!” Yeah. [Laughs.]
This is your first time writing a screenplay, correct?
Jojo Moyes: Yes, although they’ve created a monster. I’ve now gone on to adapt two more. I loved the process.
What was the most surprising part of the process?
Jojo Moyes: It was the steepest learning curve I have ever been on in my life. I did not ask to do the screenplay. In fact, I assumed they would want me as far away from the process as possible because we’ve all heard the stories. [Laughs.] But, I think they felt that the book has such a particular tone and the balance is so delicate between humor and tragedy or between the love story and the more contentious aspects of the story – you have to keep a rein on all those things. They said to me, “Would you like to have a go?” And I’m one of these people that just says yes before I think of all the reasons I should say no. [Laughs.]
Writing a screenplay is obviously a different animal than working on a novel. I’m sure there were some moments, story elements that you had to cut. Kill your darlings, so to speak. What was that like?
Jojo Moyes: That was the hardest bit. You have to really work at finding the essence of your story. Of course, as the writer you’re originally wedded to the idea of all the things that you think are absolutely vital to the film. Then you put them together and realize you’ve written a screenplay that is 380 pages and no one’s going to sit through that. There were some scenes we had to lose that we agonized over for a good six months. Like the maze scene.
I was surprised that wasn’t in the film. It seemed like an important moment in the book. Why was it removed?
Jojo Moyes: This was one of the key moments where I learned about the difficulties in translating a book to a movie. I originally wrote that scene in, I wrote it in multiple drafts actually. The more we did it, the more we realized that in the book it’s almost a throwaway line. It’s described in very opaque terms. When she first says what she thinks happened, you kind of go past it and then go, “Did she just say what I think she said?” Then you have to go back. It’s something that she’s buried, something she’s suppressing. When you try to build the maze scene visually, with that horror of what happened, it becomes a much weightier thing and it almost overtakes the film.
Would you say it’s the difference in presenting that moment onscreen as opposed to on the page?
Jojo Moyes: Yes, because you can’t do that visually as a throwaway or in such opaque terms. There was no way we could find to do it that was respectful to the topic. Lou just can’t say, “Oh, I think I had this terrible thing happen to me a few years ago, but I’m fine now.” It would just be ridiculous. I would say that’s the one scene Thea Sharrock and I agonized over for the longest time. In the end we felt that because of time constraints, the most important story was the one between Will and Lou and that people who loved the books will just take that as part of her backstory that we couldn’t include.
What do you hope audiences will take from the film? Is it different at all from what you hope readers take from the book?
Jojo Moyes: I hope that the two are as close as we can get. My favorite thing is when people Tweet me after early screenings and they say, “I’m crying and I’m sort of laughing. I feel really angry. But also uplifted. And I don’t know how I feel!” I haven’t had responses from people so far saying, “Well, that’s the most depressing thing I’ve ever seen.” People seem to be happy when they come out, uplifted. Ultimately, it’s a message of hope.
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