JoAnn was born and raised in Seattle, but always preferred palm trees to pine trees. She wrote instructional books and videos for a living but dreamed of " making stuff up " once she put the working life behind her. In 1996, she and her husband purchase a home on Maui. Best day ever. She loved living on the beach but her husband longed to get awa to " normal " so they returned to Arizona. Now JoAnn writes about life in the islands as a pat to stay connected. Her " Islands of Aloha " mystery series will feature a story set in each of the major Hawaiian islands, starting with Maui.