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 one hundred romances in a variety of sub-genres, she enjoys small-town family sagas as much as high-drama glitz and glamour. 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: 93 for Harlequin, 11 for Tule, 1 self-published title and 6 Young Adult works (as of May 2020)
Number of Years Writing: 19 as a published author
Number of Keeper Shelves: 2
Number of Pets: 1 kitty
Number of Siblings: 2
Number of Kids: 3 sons
What I’ve Been Doing Lately: I’ve been writing a lot since the stay-at-home life began in March 2020. I had to cancel some trips I’d planned for writing conferences, but at least my family and I have all been safe and healthy. I’m working on a new series for Harlequin Desire tentatively called Brooklyn Nights that will begin in 2021, and I’m reading more than I have since I was a teen. I’m buying books like crazy and devouring multiple titles per week after I get done my writing for the day.
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: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum