Joanne Weck is a literary jack of all trades. She’s published haunting mystery novels, full-length plays, and multiple short stories, many of which are based on her experiences growing up in rural central Pennsylvania.
“My mother was such a storyteller, and she told stories about her ancestors and my father’s ancestors,” she said. “I just didn’t want those to be lost.”
When she was a teacher, most recently at Union Township High School in New Jersey, Weck also wore many hats, teaching creative writing, theater and television production, in addition to sponsoring a Young Artists’ Workshop play festival.
Since her retirement, she’s devoted herself to writing. Her first novel, Crimson Ice, was inspired by a challenge — when she complained about how formulaic mystery novels could be, her sister dared her to write one. That’s exactly what Weck did.
“I’ve had so many students who have written to me and said, ‘Oh, I’ve ordered your book! Can’t wait to read it,’” she said.
For more information, visit Weck’s website.