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 28 books and sold over 500,000 books in 84 countries and 5 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.
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
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.
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 2015, I co-wrote Risen Gods, an urban fantasy thriller based in New Zealand, with bestselling dark fantasy author J.Thorn.
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 travelling is my addiction.
You can also watch some videos that Amazon made about me and my writing life here.
Connect with me here:
Twitter @jfpennwriter (for fiction)
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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