Jo Hackl


Jo Hackl was born near Ocean Springs, Mississippi, where her favorite artist, Walter Anderson, painted a secret room. Jo later moved to a ghost town, Electric Mills, Mississippi. Anderson’s secret room and the ghost town inspired Jo’s debut novel, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe. Beyond inspiration, Jo did a lot of research for the book, including spending an enormous amount of time outdoors, where much of the novel is set. Find Jo online at