Joan Mora was raised in a family of four sisters in suburban Maryland. Her father was never without a book in his hands, yet often said, “put down that book and write one of your own.” She listened.
An avid traveler, Joan moved to Texas in 2005 with her husband and son. Instead of driving a moving van west, they set off the other way around—in planes, trains and boats through nine countries in Europe and Asia, compelling her to set her fiction in the wider world. Her latest book, a tale of sacrifice, betrayal and love, takes readers from nineteenth-century Trastevere, Italy to Victorian and present-day London.
With five other writers, Joan launched What Women Write, a blog featuring authors, book reviews and literary musings.
Joan is a member of the Historical Novel Society, Bodley’s American Friends, Writers’ League of Texas and Bethesda Writers’ Center and holds degrees from the University of Maryland in accounting and marketing.
In addition to writing, reading and traveling, she loves the London theater, British movies, Italian art and architecture, California beaches, and sharing life with family and friends.