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Raised in southern Alberta, Canada, along with a myriad of Sillito siblings, Jolayne (Jo) Sillito Call has loved reading and writing for forever, but especially since the fourth grade. As an invalid confined to bed for nine months, books became her world. The day began with them and ended with them. Daylight, lamplight, flashlight, all seemed created or devised for reading. When she was limited to one a day of the downstairs books, she discovered a shelf of upstairs books to supplement that source. She remembers one of the downstairs books was Gone With The Wind.
Writing came early, too: there was poetry with a sister in a west bedroom, a revision of “The Highwayman,” stories, school assignments, and when Jo couldn’t remember the assignment properly, a parable for a psychology class.
People have always been a large and important part of her life. She was the second oldest of fourteen children. Then she married and had six children of her own, and now has sixteen grandchildren. Extended family, good friends and many students over the years have filled her life with great people, an essential asset she claims for any writer.
Another facet of Jolayne’s life that she claims enriches her writing is a variety of environments and cultures. Home has been Southern Alberta, Edmonton, Utah, England, Arizona, and Washington State. In addition, she has also traveled to Chile, Bolivia, Peru, the British Isles, the European Continent, and Mexico. She says stories happen to people in a specific place, such as changing your path because a puma is sleeping on it if you’re in a rain forest in Bolivia.
Jo has a great love for the arts, both as a participant and an audience in choirs, musicals, and plays. Some of her favorites are Ondine, Fiddler on the Roof, Brigadoon and Matchmaker. She has played many roles in life, some formal, some informal. She has been an actor, a student, a director, a teacher, a writer, a reader, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a daughter, and an aunt. (She doesn’t do ironing).
Jolayne currently lives with her husband in Utah.