About Joanna

I’ve had a passion for writing since my very first (terrible!!) poem at the age of six. I entered lots of contests growing up, and was published in the children’s magazine Stone Soup when I was thirteen. I put out my own kids’ writing magazine called Kids, Ink. when I was sixteen—publication was not very wide and it only lasted a year, but it was a great experience!

In the summer of 2005, freshly graduated from college and not knowing what to do with my life, I discovered NaNoWriMo, and was inspired to finish my very first full-length novel, On Journeys Bound. I joined NaNoWriMo proper that November, and wrote my second novel. To date I’ve written six full novels and parts of three others, all but one—Seer— written (or at least started) during November. I’m currently rewriting my 2006 NaNo, The Whale and the Tree.

I’m a nerd. I love Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings, and I may have gone to a couple of Jane Austen balls in a regency gown I sewed myself… Also, my piano is named Prince Imrahil.

If forced to choose a favorite book, I’d say Return of the King. And George Elliot’s Middlemarch. And Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series (The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, and A Conspiracy of Kings). And everything Jane Austen ever wrote. And Robin McKinley’s Beauty. And Sherwood Smith’s Crown Duel. And Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted. And so many more!

I love rain and trees and seasons. I live in Gilbert, Arizona, which has none of those things, but it DOES have my amazing husband and our ridiculous stripey cat, Bertram, so it all works out pretty well.

Also, I love tea. Harney & Sons’ looseleaf black currant is my absolute favorite.

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