USA Today bestselling author 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 ninety 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 and four-time RITA finalist, Joanne has won numerous awards for her stories including the Romantic Times WISH Award, the Snow Globe, and multiple Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Her work has been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty languages. After receiving her Master’s degree in Literature from the University of Louisville, Joanne went on to teach writing, film, and fiction at colleges in KY, UT and NY. She enjoys sharing her passion for the arts at creative writing workshops, career fairs and with aspiring writers she meets online.
Number of Books Published: 86 for Harlequin, 10 for Tule, 1 self-published title and 6 Young Adult works (as of August 2019)
Number of Years Writing: 18 as a published author
Number of Keeper Shelves: 2
Number of Pets: 1 cat
Number of Siblings: 2
Number of Kids: 3 – all boys
What I’ve Been Doing Lately: I cook and bake more in the fall, so as September winds up, I’m starting to think more about this! I just gave a workshop to a local writers group and had fun connecting with friends I have’t seen in a while. Giving workshops on writing allows me to study one facet of craft or publishing more deeply, and I always learn something from those experience. Thank you to the TARA RWA chapter in Tampa for hosting me! For work, I’m starting to write the fifth book in my Mesa Falls series – The Rancher. Don’t miss the start of this series in November 2019 when THE REBEL arrives in stores.
Interests: Journal-keeping, life writing, traveling, astrology, world religions, psychology, 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 and walking, too. As a long-time battler of R.A., I like reading about new ways to stay healthy and cultivate a positive mindset.
Most Recent Read: Not that I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser