Joan Mauch has a varied background ranging from teaching and working for nonprofit organizations advocating for the poor, to a career in marketing and public relations. Over the years her nonfiction has appeared in a wide variety of publications. Joan has been composing fiction for over a decade. She works part time as a proofreader at the Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus newspapers in Moline, Illinois. Joan has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in urban studies. A resident of Davenport, Iowa, she’s working on her next novel. Her son, Benjamin, is a photojournalist in Tampa, Florida.