I wasn’t always JP.
The "J" is for Jo-Anne, a name I've answered to for years. So why the change? I'm not offended when my name is mispronounced Jo-Annie, or shortened to Jo, and I'm not put off when my name is spelled Joanne, JoAnn, or some other combination. But Internet search engines aren't quite as forgiving. That pesky hyphen and the variety of available spellings make finding me online a frustrating prospect, which isn't good for an author or her books. To simplify things, I decided to adopt my initials.
Toronto is the place I called home growing up. Our family had a cottage on the Manitouwabing River in the Muskokas, as did my paternal grandfather, my maternal grandmother and a great aunt. My family now live there, and I visit as often as I can.
When the opportunity arose to attend the University of British Columbia, I traded winter snow for winter rain and moved to Vancouver. I fell in love with the west coast. Where else can you ski world-class mountains in the morning, and while away the afternoon on a sailboat or a sunny beach?
Though I consider myself a homebody, I've had the great fortune to live in many interesting cities. Calgary, Alberta was home one particularly cold winter; La Colorada in Durango State, Mexico, was home for a year; the Mexican Baja was home for a season; and Tucson, Arizona was home for three years. I've visited too many cities to list, and still haven't seen much of this world, but where ever I go, eating local or traditional food is my favourite thing to do and grocery stores and markets are my go-to places.
I also enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling and swimming—pretty much anything in the water as long as the water is warm. Caribbean warm. Something else I've come to love are those padded beach loungers with the little flags on one corner that can be raised to garner the attention of a server. If that lounger is under a big umbrella, I can settle in for the day.
My husband and I now make our home on Denman Island. It's one of the northern gulf islands nestled between the coast of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. When I'm not writing, you can find me in the garden, where I grow spectacular weeds, or in the kitchen, where I dirty a lot of pots and pans (or so I'm told).
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Five fun facts about me
My childhood nickname was Soup Bone. Thanks Grandpa. Another was Skinny Minnie, often shortened to Skin, or Min. Thanks again, Grandpa.
People have asked me not to sing. I’m that bad.
I played centre on my school’s basketball team. Once, during a tournament, I almost scored for the other team. If I was a better shot, I would have.
I can't follow a map to save my life, despite the Brownie badge that says otherwise.
My first car was a Volkswagen Beetle. Thanks Grandma.