In high school, Joanne Guidoccio dabbled in poetry, but decided to wait until she had more life experiences before writing a novel. The original plan was to get a general arts degree and take a few years off to travel and write. Instead, she gave in to her practical Italian side and obtained degrees in mathematics and education.
While she experienced many satisfying moments during her thirty-one-year teaching career, Joanne never found the time and energy to write. In 2008, she took advantage of early retirement and filled her days with writing workshops, seminars and online courses. Slowly, a writing practice emerged and her articles and book reviews started appearing in newspapers, magazines and online.
On a whim, she took a workshop offered by dark fantasy and horror writer Sarah Totten. At first, Joanne focused only on the writing advice, but later toyed with the idea of writing fantasy for boomer women. Her debut novel, Between Land and Sea, a paranormal romance about a middle-aged mermaid, will be released by Soul Mate Publishing in September 2013.
Joanne lives and writes in Guelph, Ontario. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Guppies, Agvantage Toastmasters, and Guelph Write Now.
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