Who is J.F. Penn?

I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thriller and crime novels. 

I’m also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013.

I’m based in London, England although I lived in Australia and New Zealand for 11 years. I spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporates across the globe before becoming a full-time author-entrepreneur in September 2011. Travel is my addiction, and a large part of my writing research process!

I love reading and always dreamed of writing my own books, but I spent many years thinking about it before I actually took the plunge. However, I did write a lot of journals during my many years as a corporate business consultant!

Joanna penn

I have a Masters degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, Mansfield College and also a Graduate Diploma in Psychology – both interests are entwined into my writing, as well as an obsession with the supernatural.

In Feb 2011, I published my first thriller novel ‘Pentecost’ available on Amazon and other online retailers. I blogged the journey and you can read all about the experience by clicking here. Pentecost continues to sell well, remaining in the Amazon Kindle bestseller charts in Action-Adventure and Religious Fiction months after launch. It has over 100 Amazon reviews averaging 4 stars.

Prophecy Lee Child Action Adventure

The second ARKANE thriller, Prophecy, was published in January 2012 and Exodus was published at the very end of that year.

In early 2013, I wrote a series of short stories based on Dante’s Inferno for Kobo’s Descent contest, a promo for the launch of Dan Brown’s Inferno. It’s now available as ‘A Thousand Fiendish Angels‘.

In Nov 2013, I launched Desecration, the first in a darker crime series, which debuted in the Amazon US Bestseller Crime list alongside Michael Connelly.

On a more personal note, I love reading in diverse genres on my Kindle and I put my book reviews on Goodreads. You can connect with me here. My favorite genre authors include John Connolly, Stephen King, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child and James Rollins. I also read a lot of non-fiction, mostly travel, entrepreneurship, psychology and religion.

I write non-fiction under Joanna Penn, with ‘Career Change’ mapping the journey from full-time job to full-time entrepreneur.

I also run a website for writers, The Creative Penn: Adventures in Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing where I help others on the journey to becoming an author.

I’m married and live with my husband in South London, England. I’m a cat lover and I enjoy a glass of pinot noir along with chocolate as my main vice. I walk a lot and travelling is my main addiction. I definitely have itchy foot syndrome. I love to move on!

You can see lots of pictures from my life here, including my travels, adventures and writing inspiration.

If you’d like to connect more personally, contact me here.

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Aisha from Expatlogue March 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Hi Joanna,
I dropped in here and began a speed read of your homepage, one of those scenarios where you mistakenly believe you can assimilate a concentrated mass of info, with savant-esque efficiency, only to find you can’t recall a word of it by the time you reach the foot of the page!
You hooked me and drew me in with your various interests in psychology, neuroscience and religion. I too remembered the Milgram experiments and the Stamford Prison Experiment from my A’level psychology classes – I found them fascinating then and still do.
Here in Canada we’ve recently been subjected to the horrifying details of a child abduction and subsequent rape and murder. The little girl was eight and the whole country has been shaken by the crime. The debate over whether we should have the death-penalty has been all over the press.
I wrote a piece about the female perpetrator of the crime (there were two, a male and a female) showing her miserable background and how it contributed to what she found herself doing, at age eighteen, to an innocent little girl.
People don’t like to hear about the capacity to commit horror or heroism that lies in all of us, preferring the comfort of labels like “evil” and “monster” which place what most see as an uncrossable gulf between themselves and the type of person who could do those things.
I’ll have to look out for your books, they look like something I could get lost in :-)


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