Photography by Gwendelyn Go
Who dat, who dat?
Jo Vitales is a Big Island girl working in healthcare administration and dreaming about writing and publishing books. She graduated with an English degree at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and is clearly trying to put those five years of college tuition to relevant use.
She is a first-time novel-writer, but she’s been writing stories since middle school—first were the stories in her comic books, but art is a consuming hobby, and then she dabbled in writing songs, though she can’t sing to save the world. She figured out that writing alone is challenging enough.