My passion has always been children's books. I've worked in two bookstores, a high school library, an elementary school library, and a publishing company (as an editorial assistant). I always knew I wanted to write, but I made the biggest mistake a writer can make.
I didn't write often enough.
Months or even years went by between stories. I wrote when I felt like it. I continued to read voraciously. I dreamed of writing novels, but didn't know where to start.
Then something happened.
In July 2005, I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm while on vacation in Maine with my family. I experienced the worst headache of my life -- unbearable pain and pressure, as if the inside of my head had exploded. I spent three weeks in the hospital in Maine (and they took great care of me; I love Maine!) and then went home.
It took me a year and a half to feel like myself again and I still remember the day, in February, 2007, that I knew I was going to be okay. Since then, I joined SCBWI, attended workshops, found a writing group, studied craft books and blogs, and now I write on a much more regular basis (maybe not every day, but close). I've completed eight picture books, four middle grade novels, one YA novel, and one memoir. I recently started writing and selling flash fiction and poetry. These days, my brain explodes with ideas for new stories.
Besides reading and writing, I enjoy travel with my family, walking, photography, and watching old movies. I drink a lot of tea. I love chocolate, sweet potato fries, and avocados, but not at the same time! I'm the mother of
two grown sons. My husband and I currently reside in southeastern
Please contact me at Joanne.R.Fritz@gmail.com.