Joanne (Liebhauser) Weck, novelist, playwright, and short story author, is inspired by family history. Many of her stories are set in rural northeastern Pennsylvania where she grew up. Her mother, a natural storyteller, instilled in her a love of poetry, drama, and biblical tales.
With degrees in English and Theater (M.A. University of Pittsburgh), she also draws on experiences as an actress, director, and teacher. Her published work includes the mysteries Crimson Ice and Double Deception, and a collection of short works, Fateful Encounters: Collected Stories & Plays.
Her plays Waif, Beyond Redemption, and Criminal Neglect have been featured in New Jersey and Pennsylvania theaters. Her short stories, including five first-prize winners, have appeared in various print and online literary journals.
As an assistant editor, she wrote stories, and plays for Scholastic magazine. She co-edited and wrote articles for Poconotes, a regional magazine for the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Her career as a teacher and author was profiled in the NEA online magazine This Active Life and in articles in various magazines and newspapers including The Sunbury Daily Item, The Journal of the Pocono Plateau, The Daily Voice of Fort Lee, NJ, and others.
As a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Playwrights Fellowship, she had the opportunity to workshop plays with theater notables such as N. Richard Nash, Scott Zigler, Adrienne Kennedy, and Ann Bogart.
She has completed an additional mystery, Bone Moon; a literary novel, Rima and Chloe; and a YA novella, Summer of Secrets.
She is a member of Sisters In Crime-New Jersey.
Favorite creative projects were mentoring at YAWT (Young Artists’ Workshop Theater), a platform for teen writers, actors, and directors; and CAST (Communication Arts and Science Training), a program for teens “striving to make a difference,” to create, direct, and perform on a New Jersey cable TV channel.
Her interests include animal rescue, horseback riding, travel, yoga, meditation, and omnivorous reading. She belongs to two book clubs and credits her writing critique group with her ongoing development and success as a writer. She is currently working on a new mystery series.
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