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, 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.

And now, I'm a writer who always joked that my soul lived in New York, and my body needed to catch up. Originally from Iowa, I moved to Los Angeles via Chicago - then to New York (6 1/2 years). Ironically, and magically, my soul has always lived in LA, as well. And the office of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators was two blocks from my first apartment!

- Joanie