About Joan

At age six, I wrote my first poem and in fourth grade, I bound my first collection of stories, plays and poems. I consider any conflict, large or small, as a potential story. Because most of my books are based on true incidents, my characters such as in On Viney’s Mountain are gathered from historical records. Other times, family stories inspire a book, like in The Secret of the Red Shoes. I also love to name characters after my friends, as a way to honor them. While I try and write an hour almost every day, working on our organic blueberry farm with my husband, John, tending and preserving a large garden, making goat cheese and other homestead duties absorb much of my time. In the evenings, I play Scottish fiddle tunes on my folk harp, work on quilts and read, preferably with a cat on my lap. For many years, I have tutored or served as a mentor for students in our local elementary school. Read More >

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On Monday, I learned that Jane Yolen selected me to receive an Honor Prize as part of the Jane Yolen Mid-list Awards sponsored by SCBWI and Ms Yolen. There is one winner and two honor winners for this year's award....so in February,I will attend the National Conference in NYC and meet my benefactor. Still feeling stunned, and grateful for this honor ... See MoreSee Less

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Joan’s podcasts have been featured on WMUK and Michigan Public Radio.