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, 4 self-published titles 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 had foot surgery recently (twice!) so have had to stick close to home this autumn. I’ve been writing a lot and look forward to lots of releases in 2021. I’m also baking like a madwoman… something about fall brings out my inner baker. I shared the trait with a heroine in my upcoming Brooklyn Nights series. Everything I know ends up in a book sooner or later!
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: Mercies by Kirin Millwood Hargrave