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 interest in writing. She continued to write stories and later began preserving her memories in spiral-bound notebooks.
Joan went back to school in September 2011, attending Southern New Hampshire University online. She earned her 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.
Joan hass 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 teaching creative writing classes and offering editing and proofreading services.
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Learning to sew at an early age with her mother, Joan continues to express her crafty side with everything from cross-stitching to folk art painting to book binding. For over 15 years, she sold her painted wood creations in craft shops in Morro Bay and Tulare, California. She continues to participate in local craft fairs when she can find the time.
More recently, Joan enjoys making hand-sewn journals and sketchbooks for writers and artists. She also makes “junk journals” which take journaling to the next level with little tuck spots for extra notes and secret pockets.
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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.