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Joan Harmon

Joan Harmon

Bellevue, Nebraska

Joan Harmon is a Midwest native, born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. Attending college at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, MN; she majored in Sociology and Anthropology. Her adult career has revolved around training horses and state politics immersing herself in the observance and study of relationships.

Joan loves to read, both fiction and non-fiction, and has had a life long desire to write. As her own life recently took a sharp turn she decided the time was right to devote to her dream of writing. She has finished her first manuscript and has begun on another new story.

With her warm wit and masterful way of relating to others her stories embrace the struggles and heartbreaks in life as her characters discover the strength and wisdom to overcome them.

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About the author

I was born and raised in the
St. Paul area of Minnesota.  I love the
four seasons; yes even the winters!  You
may have heard the term “Minnesota nice”; it is a true phenomena most of us
will smile and talk to anyone especially in the awkward silence of an
elevator.  I share this tidbit because it
is at the core of what draws me to write.

I’m a big picture kind of
person and relationships fascinate me so I suppose it wasn’t too surprising
that when I went to college at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN that
I studied Sociology and Anthropology.     

I married and unfortunately divorced.  My daughter and I moved home to “temporarily”
live with my parents.  Due to unplanned
circumstances my daughter and I remained with them until she went off to

One of those unexpected
circumstances was the diagnosis of my dad; my daughter’s hero; with Alzheimer’s

Dealing with a family member
who has an incurable illness often changes our perceptions.  Watching my loving dad slowly lose his memory
and the things he cherished was heart wrenching.  My mom went everyday to the nursing home;
long after he had no idea who she was. 
There she befriended many, as only she could do.  I watched the relationships evolve and this
is eventually what my first book was inspired by. 

I lost my mom this past
summer, before I finished my book, but she knew I was writing it and I know it
both pleased and amused her. 

My stories revolve around
relationships and the inevitable challenges life throws our way; challenges
that many of us face day to day.   The characters are ones that all can identify
with and want to know.  The stories are
light and endearing on how some choose to face the unforeseen twists of fate.
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Update #3 - Where are we in the publishing process Sept. 28, 2016


I am sending out this update to keep you apprised of where my manuscript is in the process of being published.

Since the contest I have been fortunate to work with some professionals in the business of writing and have learned a lot!  The first thing we began working on is lengthening my story, developing its depth more.  I have also been in contact with some different "celebrities"  who I respect and whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer's or other dementia to see if they would endorse my novel.  I'm looking forward to hearing back.  

The professionals I am working with are excited about my book and its success.  They believe, as I do, that there is a large audience that will relate to my story and characters. 

I am working through the learning curve of being a novelist, it's fascinating and hard work; so thank you again for your support!