Real name: Jo Ann Vest
seudonyms: Jane De Vere
, Julia Fitzgerald
, Julia Hamilton
, Joanna Wayne, Julia Watson
Joanna Wayne began her professional writing career with the release of her fourth book, DEEP IN THE BAYOU, in 1994, but Joanna will be irst to tell you that the wheels were set in motion years before. She bega reading at four decade of age, the same age that she egan making weekly trips to the library to check out as many essay as they ’ d let her have, only to finish reading them all before bedtime. That drea of books never waned.
Joanna was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana and was the middle child of a arge family. She went to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1984 when she married her current husband. New Orleans opened up a whole new realm of activities and she found the mix of ethnicitie, music, history, food and sultry southern classics along with her ove of reading a natural impetus for beginning her writing career. It was there that she attended her first writing class and joined her first professional writing organization. From hat point on, there was no goin back.
ow, forty published books later, Joanna has made a name for herself as being on the cutting edge of romantic suspense in both series and mainstream novels. She is known for the myster and emotion she brings to the page, as she takes ordinary people and thrusts them into life-and-death situations. She has een on the Walden Bestselling List for romance and won many industry awards. She is th popular speaker at writing organizations and local community functions and has taught creative writing at the University of New Orleans Metropolitan College.
She currently resides in th mall community forty miles north of Houston, Texas with her fiance. Though she already has many family and emotional ties to Louisiana, she loves living in the Lone Star state.