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. The four-time RITA finalist has had 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: 107 for Harlequin, 11 for Tule, 6 self-published titles and 6 Young Adult works (as of Sept 2023)
Number of Years Writing: 21 as a published author
Number of Keeper Shelves: 2
Number of Pets: 1 kitty, Luna
Number of Siblings: 2
Number of Kids: 3 sons
What I’ve Been Doing Lately: Throughout the summer of 2023, I’ve been reissuing some of my favorite books from my backlist for new readers to enjoy. It’s made for very different workdays as I step into the shoes of entrepreneur instead of a creator. Many thanks to pros like Nicholas Erik, Sarra Cannon and Joanna Penn for their excellent guidance on this journey. I highly recommend their workshops and podcasts for anyone looking for more information on self-publishing. I’m taking a break this fall to take a three-week trip to France as I roadtrip from Paris to Barcelona. Check out my Instagram for pics!
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. 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 Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn