As a child in England, Jo Bradney loved to draw – what child doesn’t? But at 14, a crowded school timetable meant she couldn't continue art class if she was going to study French (Mon Dieu - the choices we force kids into!) So she put away childish things – like pencils, charcoal and paints – in favor of conjugating her verbs.
Later, she traveled from England's Deep South to its Far North (all of 300 miles) for a university degree in Classical Studies. This left her with a greater appreciation for Hannibal and his elephants, and good working knowledge of Greek heroes (very useful for crossword puzzles and picking holes in Hollywood movies).
Then marriage brought a Transatlantic crossing and all the fun and adventure of America. Where she picked up a pencil for the first time in over a decade, and discovered she could still draw.
And what's more, still loved it.