Joann is the author of DoveStories, the upcoming children’s chapter book series. The prequel, or origin story for that series, The Gardener’s Helpers (ages 5-8), released with Morgan James Publishing in 2015. Current Works In Progress include MG and YA fantasy novels, a Christmas fantasy, prayer journal devotionals, and a children’s bedtime prayer book (ages 2-5).
Joann’s inspirational stories are featured in James Stuart Bell’s True Stories of Children’s Encounters with Angels, Miracles, and God (Jesus Talked To Me Today, Bethany House Publishing 2016), and several books in Yvonne Lehman’s ‘Moments’ series; Divine Moments (book 1, 2014), Christmas Moments (book 2, 2014), Spoken Moments (book 3, May-2015), More Christmas Moments (book 4, 2015), Precious Precocious Moments (book 5, 2015), And Stupid Moments (book 6, 2016), with Grace Publishing.
In addition to songs and play scripts, she co-wrote the script for the TV documentary for National House of Hope titled My Last Hope, hosted by Candace Cameron Bure (2011). Joann’s inspirational prayers were featured on ClickandPray.com and she is now working on a compilation for two prayer devotionals; A Surrendered Heart, and Everything to Me.
A whimsical poet at heart, Joann won the East Lake County Library Poetry Contest (Ridgecrest Oak) in 2009 and wrote a cover article for the Edgewater Tides (2001).
Currently a stage 4 Scalp Melanoma survivor, Joann writes and speaks to inspire cancer patients with inner beauty tips and family fun stories.
She attends many writing conferences and was a long time member of the CWC, Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild, and Amhurst Writers and Critique Group. Previous writing groups include Word Weavers International (Orlando Chapter), SCBWI, and Mt. Dora SCBWI Critique Group.
Joann is a wife, mother of four sons, “Numi” to four grand babies, doggie-mom of two, and a master hair colorist and former salon/spa owner in Central Florida. She serves local and international missions and loves to sing on the praise and worship leading team at her local church.
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Loved “Like a Storybook Flower”! I have felt burdened, but I will stand in the rain of God’s healing strength!
Thank you, Janet. It’s good to know we’re not alone.