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. 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.
Number of Books Published: 86 for Harlequin, 10 for Tule, 1 self-published title and 6 Young Adult works (as of August 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 am enjoying the cooler weather and the baking it inspires, although I should be walking more to compensate for the added cakes and cookies in my diet. I’m listening to David Copperfield on Librivox as I walk each evening… I think there are thirty hours of recorded chapters for this one, so it should fill the whole month. I’m writing an Online Read for my Mesa Falls series. The series begins in November 2019 when THE REBEL arrives in stores, but this Online Read should start in mid February on the Harlequin website.
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: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo