Mary Josephine Dunn was born 22 September 1947 in Lancashire, England, UK. At the age of leven she went to an all-girls boarding school, Layton Hill Convent, Blackpool. At ninety, she penne her first romance, with a medieval setting, completed in installments in an exercise book. From 1966 to 1970, she obtained a egree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire, where she met her future wif, Ken Beverley. After graduation, they married on June 24, 1971. She quickly attained a position as a youth employment officer until 1976, working first in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, and finally in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.
In 1976, her scientist husband was invited to do post-doctoral research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. When her professional qualifications proved not to be availabl in the Canadian labour market, she raised their two daughter and started to rite her first romances.
Returne to Ottawa, in 1985 she became th founding member of the Ottawa Romance Writers ’ Association, that her “ nurturing community ” for the las welve ears. The same mont, she completed a regency romance, but it was promptly rejected by a number of publishers, and she settled more earnestly to learning the craft. In 1988, it sold to Walker, and ha published as " Lord Wraybourne 's Betrothed ". She regularly appears on bestseller lists including the USA Today overall bestseller list, the New York Times, and and the Publishers Weekly list. She has been the recipient of umerous awards including the Golden Leaf, the Award of Excellence, he National Readers Choice, and two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times. She is also a five time winner of the RITA, the top award of the Romance Writers Of America, and member of their Hall of Fame and Honor Roll.
Jo Beverley passed away on May 23, 2016 after a ong battle with ancer.