Who is Joanna Penn?

Joanna Penn grinI’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as writing non-fiction for authors.

I’m also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013.

I’m based in London, England although I lived in Australia and New Zealand for 11 years and I’m a travel junkie!

I spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporates across the globe before becoming a full-time author-entrepreneur in September 2011.

I always dreamed of writing my own books, and spent many years thinking about it before I actually took the plunge.

Joanna Penn

One of The Guardian Top 100 Creative Professionals in the UK 2013

I self-published my first non-fiction book in 2008 and made a lot of mistakes along the way. I also didn’t sell any books because no one knew who I was. That experience made me determined to learn about marketing, as well as how to become a better writer. I started this site to share my experiences and hopefully save other people the money, time and heartache I went through.

As I became more confident in my writing, I revisited my dream of writing fiction. I joined National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2009. 20,000 words later, I had a nugget of an idea that blossomed into my first novel.

In Feb 2011, I published my first thriller novel Pentecost, later republished as Stone of Fire. I blogged the journey and you can read all about the experience here.

ARKANE Books x 7There are now 7 books in the ARKANE action adventure thriller series, described by readers as ‘a female Indiana Jones meets Dan Brown.’

In early 2013, I wrote a series of short stories based on Dante’s Inferno for Kobo’s Descent contest, a promo for the launch of Dan Brown’s Inferno. It’s now available as ‘A Thousand Fiendish Angels‘.

In Nov 2013, I launched Desecration, the first in the London Psychic trilogy, which debuted in the Amazon US Bestseller Crime list alongside Michael Connelly. Delirium and Deviance complete the trilogy. Readers have described the books as ‘the love child of Stephen King and PD James.’

London psychic seriesIn March 2014, I became a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author as part of ‘Deadly Dozen,’ a box-set with The Twelve thriller and mystery authors.

On a more personal note, I love reading in diverse genres on my Kindle and I put my book reviews on Goodreads. You can connect with me here. My favorite genre authors include John Connolly, Stephen King, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child and James Rollins. Here’s a list of books I love. I also read a lot of non-fiction, mostly travel, entrepreneurship, psychology and religion.

Marketing Books x 5 3D JPEGI write bestselling non-fiction under Joanna Penn, with Career Change mapping the journey from full-time job to full-time entrepreneur, How To Market A Book which helps authors with marketing, Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, How to Make a Living with your Writing and also Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives and Other Introverts.

I’m an international, professional speaker on creative entrepreneurship, digital publishing and internet marketing. I love to inspire, educate and entertain in person, as well as online!

I’m married and live with my husband in South London, England. I’m a cat lover and I enjoy a glass of pinot noir along with consuming a ton of ebooks as my main vice. I walk a lot and travelling is my addiction. I definitely have itchy foot syndrome and I love to move on!

libraryYou can see lots of pictures from my life here on Flickr, including my travels, adventures and writing inspiration. You can also listen to interviews with me on video and audio podcasts here.

You can also watch some videos that Amazon made about me and my writing life here.

Connect with me here:

twitterTwitter @thecreativepenn







If you’re interested in thrillers, you might want to check out my author site: JFPenn.com : Thrillers on the edge

You can also contact me on this page.

Official Bio

Short bio:

J.F.Penn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers on the edge, as well as bestselling non-fiction for authors published under Joanna Penn. Joanna’s site for writers, TheCreativePenn.com has been voted one of the Top 10 sites for writers three years running. She is a professional speaker on creative entrepreneurship, digital publishing and internet marketing, and was voted one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013.
Connect with Joanna on twitter @thecreativepenn


I’m always happy to consider speaking engagements, interviews and appearances, as well as speaking to writing / book groups, book bloggers or journalists. I’ve appeared the following places in 2012-2015.

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