As a six year old, she held tightly to her father’s hand. They walked up the marble steps to the large imposing city library. Joan didn’t realize it, but a life long love affair was about to begin. An hour later they left the library with Dr. Seuss’s The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins carefully tucked under her arm. With her typed name prominently displayed, Joan possessed her very first library card. Decades later she continues to remember this moment as a treasure. From Dr. Seuss to Dr. Doolittle, from Little Women to John Steinbeck, the journey and the love affair with the adventure of reading go on.
With a work history that began with a high school stint behind the counter of Sanders, a well known Michigan confectionary serving banana splits, sodas, sundaes and cherry cokes, she managed to stash away enough money to begin college at Eastern Michigan University. She eventually taught fifth grade in Ocala, Florida. Probably her favorite career was as full time mom to four now grown sons. She later went back to school and became a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. During her years as a therapist, as a volunteer, she created an anger management program which was used in the local middle school. She became particularly interested in bullying, physical and emotional.
Throughout the careers and the decades, reading remained a joy and a priority. Along the journey, Joan realized the delight in reading with children. Combining that joy, occasionally, with her interest as a therapist in reducing childhood bullying and violence the idea of the Read to Me – Talk with Me series of books began.
Joan is a member of the Florida Writers Association and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In both 2013 and 2014, she was honored with awards in the Royal Palm Literary Awards competition.
The Princess, The Prince and The Dragon is her first book to be published. A sequel, The Royal Dragon Goes to School will be published shortly. Joan also writes fiction for adults and memoirs. She continues to live in what she often labels as near paradise – New Smyrna Beach with her husband Charles.