Who is Joanna Penn?
I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers on the edge, as well as 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. 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.
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 become more confident in my writing, I decided to revisit 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’ available on Amazon and other online retailers. I blogged the journey and you can read all about the experience here. The second ARKANE thriller, Prophecy, was published in January 2012 and Exodus was published at the very end of that year.
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 a darker crime series, which debuted in the Amazon US Bestseller Crime list alongside Michael Connelly. In March 2014, I became a 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. I also read a lot of non-fiction, mostly travel, entrepreneurship, psychology and religion.
My novels have now sold over 100,000 copies, becoming bestsellers in the Thriller, Crime, Horror and Action Adventure categories on Amazon. In March 2014, my novella, ‘One Day in Budapest,’ was part of the Deadly Dozen box-set which hit the New York Times bestseller list and the USA Today bestseller list. An author’s dream come true!
I 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 and also ‘Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives and Other Introverts‘. I also have multimedia courses available to help authors on the journey.
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!
You 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.
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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
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