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Hello! I’m Joan, a writer and illustrator living in Santa Monica, California with two cats, and five ukuleles (so far). I love all things weird and spooky. My favorite song is September, by Earth Wind & Fire.


My illustration and my writing are profoundly influenced by my childhood and my teenage years.

I’m a Gen X’er: I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, and spent my summers at camp, when I wasn’t roaming wild through my neighborhood until dinnertime. I went to slumber parties, I trick-or-treated, I explored the woods and the sewer culvert at the bottom of our street, I ran outside during thunderstorms, and I read a ton of books. I hated being scared, but secretly… I kinda liked it, too.