The sudden death of her son, when he was only seventeen, prompted her to make a career change and she took a post-graduate diploma in Management Studies. For a number of years she worked for Missenden Abbey Management Centre (then part of Brunel University) as Principal Lecturer in Leadership and Behavioural Studies, before successfully launching her own management and development company. Among her clients were the Foreign Office and the Environment Agency.
She then decided to settle in Spain, where she completed an Open University course in Creative Writing and began to devote herself to writing fiction.
If she had to name a writer who had influenced her work she would be hard pressed to answer - her reading taste is eclectic and ranges from Turgenev and Stendhal to William Boyd and Hilary Mantel. A natural storyteller, her novels, almost invariably, centre on a strong female character and explore the emotions and relationships of her protagonist. Many of her books are set in periods of recent history, such as the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War, and are meticulously researched.
Palette of Secrets, a contemporary story about an elderly woman who is haunted by her mysterious past has been published by S&H Publishing Inc in Virginia.
Joan has also written “Daughters of Spain”, a non-fiction book based on authentic interviews with a number of Spanish women of all ages and from all walks of life; this was first published by in 2009 and a revised edition came out in 2014.
Joan now lives in the south of Spain with her husband, where she has become passionate about both the language and history of her adopted home. This passion is reflected in the books she writes. She also has a web site dedicated to all things Spanish www.notesonspain.com
Qasim is a good husband and father. He works hard, says his prayers and keeps out of trouble. But Qasim has a secret; his past is not what it seems. When a stranger arrives asking questions about him, he is worried that his secret will be discovered and everything he has worked for will be destroyed. He has to take action.
The Shining City is a BRAG Medallion honouree.