Finding a Resonant Ending, What a Character!, Cutting your Manuscript Without Slitting Your Throat, Start Your Novel Workshop, Cancer and Creativity, plus many other topics.Joanne speaks to libraries, schools, bookstores, writing groups, book clubs, group homes for teens, children and those in recovery, plus women's groups of all kinds, from civic leagues to cowgirl associations.
A lifelong devotee of cowboy culture and all things horse-related, Joanne Kennedycelebrates Wyoming’s unique blend of past and present in contemporary Western novels with traditional ranch settings. She is the author of Cowboy Trouble, Cowboy Fever, Tall, Dark and Cowboy, Cowboy Crazy, Cowboy Tough, and 2011 RITA nominee One Fine Cowboy. Her next book, How to Handle a Cowboy, is the first in the Cowboys of Decker Ranch series and will be released April 1, 2014.
Library Journal called Cowboy Trouble "a new take on the contemporary Western romance” and Romantic Times says, “Kennedy has the genre down pat with romance, intrigue, danger and some truly laugh-out-loud moments.”
Joanne firmly believes that writing, along with a good man and a great dog, got her through her recent breast cancer ordeal. Throughout the medical trifecta of surgery, chemo, and radiation, she never stopped writing. Spending time in the world of her stories offered respite from reality, and the knowledge of all the stories yet to be told kept her going. She is now happy and healthy, and still writing.
At various times, Joanne has dabbled in horse training, chicken farming, and bridezilla wrangling at a department store wedding registry. Themes that have remained constant throughout her life are Jack Russell terriers, a tendency to confuse fiction with real life, and a love of literature that inspired careers in bookselling and writing. She lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming with two dogs and a retired fighter pilot. The dogs are relatively well-behaved.
Joanne loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website, www.joannekennedybooks.com.