Who is Joanna Penn?
Joanna Penn is an Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn and also writes non-fiction for authors. She’s an award-winning entrepreneur, podcaster, and YouTuber. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com has been voted in the Top 100 sites for writers by Writer's Digest.
The longer version!
I've written 30+ books and sold over 600,000 books in 149 countries and 6 languages. I'm an independent (indie) author and I also run a small press, Curl Up Press, with my husband and business partner.
I'm also an international professional speaker and award-winning creative entrepreneur. In 2018, I was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World. My show, The Creative Penn Podcast, has been downloaded over 4 million times in 220 countries.
I'm based in Bath, England although I lived in Australia and New Zealand for 11 years. I'm a travel junkie and am often away on book research trips to interesting places. I like to go hiking, but also love relaxing with a book and a glass of pinot noir, or a gin & tonic (Hendricks & Fever Tree). I'm INFJ on the Myers Briggs, and Susan Cain's book, Quiet, changed my life when I realized that I was not weird in wanting to be alone a lot!
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.
The Creative Penn offers information and inspiration on writing, self-publishing, book marketing and how to make a living with your writing through articles, podcast episodes, video, books and courses.
My journey …
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 early 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.
I write bestselling non-fiction under Joanna Penn.
I also write thrillers under J.F.Penn.
I joined National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2009 and 20,000 words later, I had a nugget of an idea that blossomed into my first novel.
There are now 10 books in the ARKANE action-adventure thriller series, described by readers as ‘Dan Brown meets Lara Croft.'
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 Crime Thriller 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.'
In 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. In August 2016, I hit the USA Today bestseller list with my own trilogy.
In 2015, I co-wrote Risen Gods, an urban fantasy thriller based in New Zealand, with bestselling dark fantasy author J.Thorn.
In July 2017, my novel Destroyer of Worlds was a Finalist in the International Thriller Writer Award for Best Ebook Original. I also started a new urban fantasy series in 2017 with Map of Shadows, continuing in Map of Plagues.
On a more personal note, I love reading in diverse genres. My favorite authors include John Connolly, Stephen King, Jonathan Maberry, Lee Child and James Rollins. Here's a list of books I love. I also read a lot of non-fiction, mostly travel, entrepreneurship, self-help and books on mortality and death culture. Yes, I'm a vanilla Goth!
I’m married and live with my husband in Bath, 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 traveling is my addiction, so I also have a new site and podcast at BooksAndTravel.page
I have a YouTube channel where I share writing and creative business tips as well as interviews on writing, publishing and book marketing.
You can also watch some videos that Amazon made about me and my writing life here.
Connect with me here:
Twitter @thecreativepenn (for writers)
Facebook.com/JFPennAuthor (for fiction)
If you're interested in thrillers, you might want to check out my author site: JFPenn.com
You can also contact me on this page.
Joanna Penn is an Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn. She also writes inspirational non-fiction for authors and is an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international professional speaker. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com is regularly voted one of the top 10 sites for writers and self-publishers.
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