Joan’s earliest memories of writing go back to the fourth grade. She kept a small, five-year diary with only a few lines to record the day’s activities. Sometimes she only wrote “ate dinner” while other entries would spill onto the nearby pages chronicling each day’s activities in full detail. That same year, Joan penned her first two short stories, “The Mystery of the Missing Bread” and “The Snake That Had Legs.” Not best-sellers by any means; but, her teacher loved them, as did her classmates, sparking her creative side.
As Joan grew older, her entries also grew. She began preserving my day-to-day activities in spiral-bound notebooks. Joan’s writing saved her sanity through the death of her mother, two marriages (and divorces) and the births of her three children. But, when Joan’s ex-husband found and read her journals, he mocked her writing. She quit, fearing what others might think of her most intimate thoughts. Her joy of writing vanished, though she never imagined what lay dormant in her heart.
By the time Joan was 50, she convinced herself her dream of being a writer was dumb and she had no chance of being successful. But something kept nagging deep inside. In early 2011, Joan returned to college, pursing a business degree. Loathing the classes, she tried to make the best of it. During a Micro Economics class, she experienced an “Ah Ha!” moment. Several assignments asked the students to compute boring economic concepts and write papers about them. The professor said, “Be creative, and write a paper with math, not a math paper.” Joan allowed her creative side to emerge and went for it. She wrote a paper with math, and realized she needed to change course and go back to her passion of writing.
Joan immediately changed colleges (and majors) in September 2011, attending Southern New Hampshire University online. Joan earned my B.A. in English/Creative Writing with concentrations in both Fiction and Non-Fiction in August 2014. She continued her education and earned her M.A. in English/Creative Writing in April 2017.
Since making the decision to follow her heart Joan’s been published both online and in print, for her non-fiction and fiction stories. Along with writing women’s fiction, middle grade stories, and picture books, Joan enjoys blogging, writing, and helping other writers by offering editing and proofreading services.
Please check out Joan’s blog and website. Be sure to leave a comment or say “Hi” – She’d love to hear from you.
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Writers of Kern since 2012. Served as President 2014-2018
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2012.