JP sounds pompous, doesn’t it? Writerly perhaps? It’s neither. It’s not even an attempt to hide my gender. I’ve adopted it out of necessity because Jo-Anne has one of those pesky hyphens in it. It’s troublesome and often misspelled. It doesn’t bother me. I’ve answered to a curious variety of written and vocal renditions of my name over the years, but search engines aren’t quite as accepting.
So JP it is because I’d like readers be able to find me online.
And here you are.
You already know that I write, but it’s not all I do; I grow killer weeds, crisp apples and beautiful flowers; I read way too much; I neglect my husband; and I Scuba dive when the water is warm (Caribbean warm). I also write. A lot, but that’s what makes my world go round.
Everyone writes – whether it’s an amusing note on a greeting card, a newsy email or a business report – we all put pen to paper or fingers to keys, so I’m not particularly unusual, unless we’re counting volume.
Some people tell me I have a vivid imagination and wonder what goes on in that head of mine. I don’t mind – it’s no secret. Anyone who reads my books can tell you that I exercise my imagination muscle regularly.
If my books capture your attention and make you forget about your worries for a while, then I’m happy. If the stories transport you to a place where you can imagine living among the characters, then I’m thrilled. And if you should find yourself believing the impossible and wary of the night skies, then I’m ecstatic.
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Hope to see you in the comments!
Here are five fun facts about me that you probably didn’t know:
My nickname when I was a child was Soup Bone. Thanks Grandpa.
My first car was a Volkswagen Beetle.
I played centre on my school’s basketball team.
People have asked me not to sing. I’m that bad.
I didn’t get my first pet until I was forty.