Bio

Joanne RockFour-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock turned a passion for writing into a career when imaginary characters kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. The author of over seventy romances in a variety of sub-genres, she enjoys small-town family sagas as much as high-drama glitz and glamour. A former Golden Heart recipient, Joanne has won numerous awards for her stories. Her work has been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty languages. She has taught writing, film and fiction at a college level and enjoys sharing her passion for the arts at creative writing workshops, career fairs and with aspiring writers she meets online.

For more about Joanne, visit her page on Romance Wiki.

Stats at a Glance

Sun sign: Perfectionist Virgo, married to free-wheeling Aries

Number of Books Published: 76 for Harlequin, 6 Young Adult stories as J.K. Rock, 7 others (as of June 2017)

Number of Years Writing: 15 as a published author

Number of Keeper Shelves: 2

Number of Pets: 1 cat

My cat Duchess

Number of Siblings: 2

Number of Kids: 3 – all boys

What I’ve Been Doing Lately: I just returned from New York City where I had fun at BookCon 2017, a huge reader event at the Javits Center. I got to visit with writer friends, make new reader friends, and look over publishers’ new offerings for the coming year. It’s a book lover’s dream! I had fun walking around the city with two of my sons as well, enjoying some gorgeous spring weather. Now, I’m digging in until the RWA conference this July as I’ve got lots to write before then!

Interests: Journal-keeping, life writing, traveling, astrology, world religions, pscyhology, social history, mystic traditions, Pre-Raphaelite art, the Romance poets, the work of H.D., all things medieval, studies about creativity, personality profiling. Lately, I’ve been spending time bike riding, too.

Most Recent Read: Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Q & A With Joanne

What made you want to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed reading and after spending some time at a variety of jobs, I decided I really wanted to explore my love of books. That led to a Masters degree in English and my decision to write a book of my own. One book led to another and another… it’s a great career for someone who enjoys reading and the independence of the job allows me to work from home, which is a great plus.

Do you have a critique group?
I work with a critique partner instead of a group, but she’s awesome and we’ve been together since I was working on book #3 (unpublished) and just had kid #2. Catherine Mann is the award-winning, bestselling author who has helped me stay on track and enthused about writing through over the course of one hundred combined published novels, and through the rejections that came before those exciting first sales. I could credit her with a zillion ways she’s helped me, but suffice it to say, I’m very grateful for her influence on my work and am even more grateful to have such a fantastic friend. Learn more about our approach to critiquing here.

Any tips for writers who are just starting out?

Please do visit my articles page, especially Getting Started with Your Writing. I’ve written a book called Self Promotion Simplified: Your Guide to Launching a Book, that gives advice for marketing. I also enjoy speaking to writers groups, so I’m open to workshop requests! I’ve taught writing at the college level on and off since before I began writing romance, so the teacher in me enjoys sharing what I’ve learned.

What are you working on right now?

I just turned in a holiday story, A Chance Encounter at Christmas, that will release October 10th from Tule Publishing. I had so much fun with it! It’s about a heroine who’s allergic to Christmas after growing up in a Christmas-crazed town. Next, I’m working on my contribution to the Texas Cattleman’s Club series for Harlequin Desire called Expecting a Scandal, that will be out next April.

Awards

2016

RITA Finalist – Long Contemporary
Dances Under the Harvest Moon

2015

SnowGlobe Award
Last Chance Christmas

2014

Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award— Superromance
Promises Under the Peach Tree

Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award — Harlequin Historical Undone
The Highlander’s Haunted Kiss

Booksellers Best Award Finalist — Young Adult
Camp Boyfriend (writing as J.K. Rock)

Golden Leaf Award Finalist — Young Adult
Camp Boyfriend (writing as J.K. Rock)

2013

Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award Nominee — Best Harlequin Blaze
My Double Life

National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist — Contemporary Series
Full Surrender

Golden Leaf Award Finalist —— Contemporary Series
Full Surrender

2012

Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist — Contemporary Series
Highly Charged!

2011

Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Award — Best Blaze
Highly Charged!

Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Finalist — Best Blaze
Making a Splash

Golden Quill Award — Hot, Sexy, Sensuous
Under Wraps

Booksellers Best Finalist — Short Historical
The Captive

Golden Quill Finalist — Historical
The Captive

2010

Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Finalist — Best Blaze
The Captive

Golden Quill Finalist — Historical
The Knight’s Return

Award of Excellence Finalist — Short Contemporary Series
She Thinks Her Ex is Sexy

2009

Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist — Romantic Suspense Series
Up Close and Personal

2008

CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award — Best Harlequin Historical
A Knight Most Wicked

Barclay Gold Finalist — Best Contemporary
Don’t Look Back

2007

Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award Finalist — Best Continuity
Scent of a Woman

Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award — Best Anthology
Bet Me

RITA Finalist — Long Contemporary Romance
Up All Night

2006

Cataromance Reviewers’ Choice Award — Harlequin Historical
The Knight’s Courtship

Romantic Times Career Achievement Nominee — Series Romance

Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award Finalist — Best Harlequin Blaze
Hidden Obsession

RITA Finalist — Romantic Novella
“Highland Handfast” in The Betrothal

Golden Quill Finalist — Hot, Sexy & Sensuous
Silk Confessions

Beacon Finalist — Historical
The Laird’s Lady

Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist — Long Contemporary
Silk Confessions

2005

RIO Finalist — Novella
“Highland Handfast” inThe Betrothal

eHarlequin Reader’s Choice Award — Favorite Book with Historical Elements
The Laird’s Lady

CataRomance Reviewer’s Choice Award — Best Historical
The Laird’s Lady

Booksellers Best Finalist — Short Historical
The Wedding Knight

Booksellers Best Finalist — Short Contemporary
Her Final Fling

CataRomance Reviewer’s Choice Award — Best Harlequin Historical
My Lady’s Favor

Desert Rose Golden Quill Finalist — Historical
The Knight’s Redemption

Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist — Short Contemporary
Her Final Fling

Holt Medallion Finalist — Short Contemporary
Her Final Fling

2004

eHarlequin Top Ten Online Reads
Girl Gone Solo

RITA Finalist — Short Contemporary Romance
One Naughty Night

Scarlett Letter Finalist
Sex & the Single Girl

Golden Noodle Award — Best Temptation of 2003
One Naughty Night

2003

Beacon Award — Best Short Contemporary Romance
Tall, Dark & Daring

Blue Boa Award — Best Contemporary Series Romance
Learning Curves

Winter Rose Award — Short Contemporary
Learning Curves

Golden Noodle Award — Most Memorable Online Read Writer
Thank you to the eHarlequin community!

Award of Excellence Finalist — Long Contemporary
In Hot Pursuit

Holt Medallion Finalist — Best First Book
Learning Curves

Orange Rose Finalist — Short Contemporary
Learning Curves

2002

Beacon Finalist — Short Contemporary
Learning Curves

W.I.S.H. Award from Romantic Times
Cal — hero from Learning Curves

2001

Golden Heart Winner — Short Contemporary Category
Hot For Teacher (released as Learning Curves)

Duel on the Delta — River City Romance Writers

2000

The Suzannah — NOLA Stars

First Impressions — Tampa Area Romance Authors

Four Seasons — Windy City Romance Writers of America

Barclay Sterling — Lake Country Romance Writers

Hot Prospects — Valley of the Sun Romance Writers

1999

The Suzannah — North Louisiana Romance Writers

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