JoAnn Scanlon was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on March 19, 1973. As the youngest of four children, JoAnn watched her father work two jobs and her mother raise the household as a stay at home parent until JoAnn reached her middle school years. In her own endearing words, “we may not have been from a wealthy family but we were rich in family love”.
JoAnn went to Classical High School in Providence, Rhode Island and a few weeks after graduating, she began working her first full-time job where she would end up staying and attending university night classes over a seven year period. In 1997, she met her husband, Kevin, and a year later she transitioned careers and pursued a position in Customer Service. After a short period of time, JoAnn was promoted to a Customer Service Manager and later went on to lead multiple teams within the service industry. These days, JoAnn has embraced yet another career change as a manager of Corporate Communications.
In 2000, JoAnn married her early love, Kevin Scanlon. After numerous attempts to start a family, JoAnn and Kevin welcomed their beautiful son, Tyler. In 2007, against even more odds, the Scanlon’s gave birth to second boy, Nicolas. In her own words, “family life is the most important thing to us. My dream was to be a stay at home mom but knew financially we both needed to work to provide our boys a wonderful childhood.”
Throughout the years, JoAnn always found herself daydreaming up ideas for novels of all genres: drama, suspense, mystery and romance. “I am definitely a daydreamer”, JoAnn states, “there were times that I actually would daydream the ‘oh my god’ moments of a book and would have tears rolling down my face because of something that would happen in the book.” After years of creating these nonfictional imaginations in her mind, JoAnn decided it was time to pursue her true passion: writing. Why couldn’t it be done?
Today, JoAnn wants to instill this same value of exploration in her children. “I want to teach my boys that you can try anything. If you break down any goal into a list of tasks, it will turn into an achievable goal. Start off by handling the smaller tasks and move onto the larger items. “Do or do not... there is no try.” Jedi Master Yoda”
“Turning daydreams into words” JoAnn Scanlon