Joanne grew up near the Boundary Waters Canoe area of northern Minnesota. She likes to spend lazy summer days at the family lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, where she reads, writes, and paints. She is the author of two non-fiction children's books about dogs, Shih Tzus and Yorkshire Terriers, and her stories and articles have been published in many magazines. Today Joanne lives in Eau Claire, WI, with her husband and their beloved Scottish Terrier, Auggie. Ben and Zip is her first fiction picture book.