Joanna Campbell Slan was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but she grew up in a small town in Indiana. After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in journalism, she worked as a newspaper reporter, a newspaper ad salesperson, a television talk show host, a college teacher, a public relations professional, and a motivational speaker. In that capacity, she was named by Sharing Ideas Magazine as “one of the top 25 speakers in the world.”
When her son, Michael, got his driver’s license, Joanna was freed from carpool duty and finally able to pursue her dream of writing full time. She has since written eighteen books, eleven non-fiction and seven fiction.
Joanna's personal essays have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and one was made into a television program on the Pax Network. The college textbook Joanna wrote—Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience—has been praised as an invaluable resource by Benjamin Netanyahu’s speechwriter and has been endorsed by Toastmasters, International.
Joanna’s first novel—Paper, Scissors, Death—was an Agatha Award finalist. It features Kiki Lowenstein, a spunky single mom who lives in St. Louis. The sixth book in that series will be released Summer 2013.
Kirkus Reviews has said, “Slan’s mysteries are most valuable for the well-developed characters and the issues they raise.” RT Book Reviews awarded Ready, Scrap, Shoot four stars and said, “Kiki is so darn entertaining that she’ll keep readers hooked.” In between the traditional books featuring Kiki Lowenstein, Joanna has written a series of short stories that are available on Kindle.
Joanna’s newest series—The Jane Eyre Chronicles—began with Death of a Schoolgirl (Berkley) and continues with the release of Death of a Dowager. The series features Charlotte Brontë’s classic heroine Jane Eyre as an amateur sleuth.
Joanna is married to David Slan, owner of Steinway Piano Gallery, which serves metro- Washington, DC, as well as Steinway Piano Gallery in St. Louis, MO, which serves most of Missouri and much of central Illinois. They have one son, Michael, who is a professional poker player. The Slans live with their dog, Rafferty on Jupiter Island, Florida. Their other dog, Victoria crossed over the Rainbow Bridge recently.
If you have always wanted to ask me something, now is the time to go for it!
Or write me at Joanna Slan, 9307 SE Olympus Street, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
Or you can always email my wonderful assistant, Sally Lippert, at:
firstname.lastname@example.org (those are small l's and not 1's in her email)
"For readers who love Jane Eyre, she lives on through
Joanna Campbell Slan."
-- Sharon Blumberg, Voice of Youth Advocates
2014 Releases (release dates to be announced)
Kicked to the Curb
(Book #2 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series)
Shotgun, Wedding, Bells
(Book #10 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series)
Ink, Red, Dead (Newly Revised, Full Novel)
(Book #3 Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series)
"Kiki Lowenstein and Too Much Squash"
Group, Photo, Grave
(Book #8 Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series)
"Kiki Lowenstein and the Halloween Close Call"
Revised long short story
Killer, Paper, Cut
(Book #9 Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series)
"Kiki Lowenstein and the Cupcake Caper"
Tear Down and Die
(Book #1 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series)
"Kiki and Cara Mia's Holiday Celebration"
(A Kiki Lowenstein and Cara Mia Delgatto Novella with Recipes, Crafts and Traditions)