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South Wales mum writes best-selling novel in her car after dropping children off at school

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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A South Wales mum wrote a best-selling novel sitting in her car after dropping her children at school every day.

Jo Thomas, 42, took her laptop on the school run to tap out her debut romantic novel The Oyster Catcher in car parks and lay-bys.

The mother-of-three was celebrating today after the book reached number three in the Amazon chart.

She said: "I would drop the eldest at school, the next one in nursery and then the baby would fall asleep in the car.

"So I’d stop wherever I was, park up, pull out my laptop and start writing.

"I got some very funny looks from passers-by - but it was worth it."

Jo's book was published two months ago and immediately shot up the best-seller charts.

She said: "I couldn’t believe it. It was a thrill to have my book accepted by a publisher.

"I’ve spent years of trying to write and learning how to do it. It’s a bit like training for a marathon.

"Bringing up three children meant I didn't have a lot of 'me time.'

"So writing in my car was ideal - I could go to that place in my head and make it as lovely and special as I wanted it to be.

"I knew there were toys to be tidied, piles of clothes to wash and play dates to organised at home so writing in the car gave me some peace and quiet."

The Oyster Catcher tells the story of Fiona Clutterbuck who runs away after being jilted at the altar.

She finds herself on the West coast of Ireland, where she finds a job on an oyster farm and finally finds love

Jo, from Cowbridge, is now working on her second novel The Olive Branch - and is still writing in the car.

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