For as long as I can remember, I have had an artistic flare-whether that be for writing, painting, sewing or drawing. I recall as a child how much I enjoyed drawing. The writing came later. My seventh grade English teacher was Mrs. Henderson-a young mother and wife. She gave us a writing assignment and after gifting me with an A+ told me I should consider writing as a career. She meant as a journalist. I did not take her advise and become a journalist (one of my many misgivings). My mind went toward other things as many young girls dream of-a husband, home, and family of my own. I put my love for writing and painting on hold for years. I unfortunately married a man who like my mother never encouraged me to be artistic. It was not until my children were grown and I no longer had a husband, that I went back to my first love-art. I got a late start, but always encouraged my children and others to partake of artistic endeavors. I now have six books under contract with two publishing houses. So my words to you all, is that no matter what road you choose, never forget your passion, and always keep it close to heart. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from enjoying your natural talents. You might need to put art on a temporary hold, but never ever give up.
The Crime of the Century– May 1, 2014 Reviewer Brittany Hale from BTS Magazine
REVIEW: 4.5 Stars
Written in third-person omniscient the narrator tells the story of two missing teens, their murder and the effect it has on their small town. Well written and researched, The Crime of the Century, is an engrossing fictional true crime novel.
Murder Most Foul
BTS Magazine-December 2013 Issue 17- Reviewer Marie Haney
REVIEW: 5 *****
Murder Most Foul introduces us to Walker Harmon, an FBI Agent that’s sent out to solve gruesome crimes. The author recreates the scenes with dramatic fashion, adding characters that are so realistic; it feels like you’re living the moment right along with them. She is a wonderful storyteller, paying attention to every intricate detail and leaving you hanging onto every word. If you’re a fan of crime thrillers, this book will definitely not disappoint!
Wicked Intentions- A paranormal anthology
Reviewed May 2014 by Linda Tonis Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
This was a very interesting collection of short stories and all had a touch of the paranormal. Overall, this is a book well worth reading.
I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paints.
When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill’s Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at: booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com
Available Books by JoAnne:
Murder Most Foul-a detective mystery
Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology
Wicked Intentions-a paranormal mystery anthology
The Crime of the Century-a biography true crime
Poems about Life, Love, and Everything in Between
Twisted Love-a biography true crime anthology
Flagitious-a detective mystery novella anthology