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Hi there, I'm          and I'm an historical fiction author.

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How it all began

Elsah. I’ve called the Midwest the home base of my adventures for most of my life -- initially as a kid playing tag in cornfields, and next attending a university overlooking the Mississippi River bluffs. This freshly minted BA in English landed me my first job in Corporate America. I was the first non-admin woman in that firm and my family. 

NYC. A few years later, piling all my earthly belongings into a Honda hatchback, I drove hellbent for New York City and a new job. The first year I lived in a fifth-floor walk-up; the second year I eloped with my Cuban-born husband to Greenwich Village. When our daughter arrived (and later, a son) I chose to be a kickass stay-at-home mom. 

St.Louis. Back to the Midwest, I re-launched corporate life via a job at Edward Jones, a financial services firm. Within those twenty-two years in marketing, I became a general partner. In 2018 I un-retired to start a new adventure as a writer. My debut book is in the works. In between drafts I do speaking gigs and teach workshops on jumpstarting your passion. 

Earth. I am a travel junkie, most recently -- the Galapagos Islands and Alaska’s Inside Passage. I’ve explored dozens of fascinating countries on five continents. Africa and Antarctica frontiers are next.  

Body. After a lifetime of health, discovering I had breast and colon cancer shocked me. I’m grateful to be a survivor. But when my mom died from a sudden illness, her passing was shattering. I don’t care if it’s a cliché: Every moment is precious.

Community. Starting over means the joy of being a rookie. What a blessing to find passionate communities of writers who are teaching me writing chops: the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA), the Historical Novel Society and Author’s Guild. I also founded an historical fiction group inside WFWA. We’ve met weekly since April 2020 via Zoom. Our Histfic Group has grown from a few to over one hundred authors. 

With days full of writing, reading, travel and grandkids, it’s all still an adventure.

I invite you to come along.

              Warmly,

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Joan with her family

I take a corporate-world break to kick butt as a stay-at-home mom.

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My grandson gives me a tutorial on essential words, ""Hi!" "No!" "Go!" He actually explains a lot. 

What gave me the push

How I created a tailwind to move out of a corporate life into life as a writer.

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