Joanne hails from the Chicago area (a suburban girl all her life) and moved to AZ in 2004. She grew up in a newly built subdivision on land known as the Ballard Family Farm. Days were filled with outdoor adventures, make-shift theater, backyard carnivals, and evening fire-flies hunts.
When her own children were born, Joanne entertained them with games of silly sentences, bedtime stories in which they starred as the main characters and song lyrics that made no sense at all.
With a degree in Child Development & Family Relations, and a work history which includes many years in the non-profit sector, she combines a passion for helping others with a bit of creative imagination. Her author debut in 2017 began with "The LoveBugs Welcome Party." It is the first in a number of whimsical stories about enchanting, quirky critters who find joy and love, in the world around them.