Who I Am and What I Do

My first serious venture into writing was at age four, when I wrote a love letter to a little boy named Timmy. Several years later, I submitted my short story, "Palettes and Brushes", to Jack and Jill Magazine. Now, as an author, all of my writing...and my life in general...are intertwined with the arts.

Now, if I were ever stranded alone on a desert island? I would write on cave walls with a rock, sing to the moon, and dance by the thunder of the waves.

As I tell in My Love Affair with Manhattan (Vignettes of a Life in the City), I'm originally from Iowa, but moved to Chicago...then to New York (for 6 1/2 years) because, "I felt like my soul had always lived there, and my body needed to catch up."

Now I live in Los Angeles where, ironically and magically, my soul has always lived as well. And where, magnetically and magically, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (that I had belonged to as a new mother, in Iowa) was just two blocks away from my first apartment.

- Joanie