Jo- Brew, a former teacher and real estate broker, is now focused primarily on her writing. She and her husband make their home in Oregon with easy access to the coast, mountains and their grown children. Besides her family interests, she is involved in organizations that support education for women and girls including the American Association of University Women and several writers' organizations. She finds stimulation and ideas in her environment and both are revealed in her essays, columns and stories. Her memories of life along U.S. Highway 99 and her interest in Oregon history pushed her to write the story of the importance of the road and of the people affected by its presence through the state, but it is the stories of the people who tell it best. These stories don't tell every facet of life along its path, but sketch a lifestyle that others will color in with their own memories.