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.
Sun sign: Perfectionist Virgo, married to free-wheeling Aries
Number of Books Published: 86 for Harlequin, 9 for Tule, 1 self-published title and 6 Young Adult works (as of June 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’m getting ready for the Romance Writers of America conference in NYC in late July. The trip is always a treat as I get to visit with writer friends I don’t see nearly enough, plus I meet new readers at the book signing to benefit local literacy efforts. If you’re in NYC July 27th, stop by the autographing at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square between 3 and 5 pm to meet over 200 authors.
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: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens