|About the Book|
Jo Clayton, whose parents named her after Jo in Little Women, was born and raised in Modesto, California. She and her three sisters shared a room and took turns telling each other bedtime stories. One of her sisters noted that Jos stories were the best, and often contained science fiction and fantasy elements.Clayton graduated from the University of California in 1963, Summa Cum Laude, and started teaching near Los Angeles.In 1969, after a religious experience, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, joining the teaching order Sisters of Mount Carmel as a novice. She left three years later, before taking final orders.During her time in New Orleans, Clayton sold sketches and paintings in Pioneer Square to supplement her income.After being robbed several times, Clayton moved to Portland, Oregon in 1983. She remained there for the rest of her life.Clayton was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1996. Jo continued to write during her year and a half in the hospital. She finished Drum Calls, the second book of the Drums of Chaos series, and was halfway through the third and final book when she lost her struggle with multiple myeloma in February, 1998.Literary executor Katherine Kerr made arrangements with established author Kevin Andrew Murphy to finish the third book of the Drums of Chaos series. It is now completed.