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 eleventh book in that series will be released January 2015.
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 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's newest series--Cara Mia Delgatto Mysteries-- is all about second chances. Cara is Kiki's friend, who needs a second chance after losing both parents and her dog. Her son, Tommy leaves for college at the University of Miami (FL). On her way to see her son, she stops in Stuart, FL to visit her grandfather and never leaves. Tear Down and Die and Kicked to the Curb are just the beginning of her second chance at happiness.
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 and manager of a professional gaming team, Team Coast.
The Slans live with their dog, Jax on Jupiter Island, Florida.
Their other dogs, Victoria and Rafferty crossed over the Rainbow Bridge early last