Joanne Rock

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Romance author Joanne Rock turned a passion for writing into a career when imaginary characters kept her awake at night, demanding she tell their stories. A three-time RITA nominee and author of over sixty books in a variety of subgenres, she enjoys writing medieval historicals and contemporary romance. In 2013, Joanne looks forward to the release of her first co-authored book, a Young Adult novel under the pseudonymn JK Rock written with her sister-in-law, Karen Rock. Joanne teaches film and literature at Plattsburgh State (NY).

A former Golden Heart recipient, Joanne has won numerous awards for her stories. Her work has been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into nineteen languages. She writes for the Harlequin Blaze, Harlequin Temptation and Harlequin Historical lines. She has a Master's degree in English from the University of Louisville and enjoys critiquing and giving writing workshops, often with romantic suspense author Catherine Mann. Many of her articles on writing and romance are available online.

As an author for Harlequin Temptation, Joanne Rock published five novels.

Since her award-winning romance debut, Learning Curves, was published in 2002, author Joanne Rock has gone on to write over sixty more titles in under a decade. As she notes on her MySpace page, “A dear friend says I’m a Type A personality masquerading through life as a Type B and she probably has a point.” After graduating with an English advanced degree in 1994, Rock taught at the college level for a time and also worked in public relations before turning her hand to romance writing.


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  • Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Winner
  • Three-time RITA nominee
  • Golden Quill Winner
  • eHarlequin Reader's Choice Award
  • Romantic Times Career Achievement Nominee
  • W.I.S.H. Award from Romantic Times
  • Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award
  • Beacon, Blue Boa, Winter Rose Awards
  • The Suzannah Award (Northern Louisiana)
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