Four-time RITA finalist 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, 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 a college level. She 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.
Sun sign: Perfectionist Virgo, married to free-wheeling Aries
Number of Books Published: 81 for Harlequin, 6 Young Adult stories as J.K. Rock, and 9 others (as of April 2018)
Number of Years Writing: 16 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’ve been prepping for a research trip to Texas for an upcoming series! I’m excited to tackle some new projects in 2019. I’ve also been preparing workshop notes for the Romance Writers of America conference in Denver this summer, where I look forward to spending times with writer friends meeting readers at the Readers For Life Autographing where the proceeds benefit local literacy projects. If you’re in driving distance of Denver this July, don’t miss the event!
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, 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: The Power by Naomi Alderman