Joanna was born in Georgia and grew up in Florida and North Carolina where she developed a keen taste for key lime pie and fried okra, respectively. She loves national parks, wildlife conservation, geeky conventions, and weird roadside attractions. She calls herself a semi-professional storyteller with a permanent case of wanderlust.
Joanna has written extensively for the web in the form of cultural commentary, reviews, travelogues and more, in addition to her works of fiction. She has loved the outdoors since she was small, drawn to conservation work and outreach with an early obsession with tropical forests and big cats. Her background in creative writing, both fiction and for the web, gives her the tools to connect with people through the power of the written word. She holds a Masters degree in Biology which melds her two professional halves into one meaningful whole, combining her passion for nature with her love of narrative into an opportunity to tell the story of conservation.
Joanna currently lives in southern California with her family, two cats, and extensive book collection. She is on staff with the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club and spends her time writing or traveling as often as possible. Joanna still hasn’t decided what she’s going to be when she grows up, though she suspects it will probably be herself.
Her debut novel, Threadwalkers, was published in 2017.