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Monday, June 23, 2014


Jo Anne Myers is both an author and an artist. Learn more about Jo Anne, her art, and her books at her website

Never Give Up by Jo Anne Myers

For as long as I can remember, I have had an artistic flare—whether that be for writing, painting, sewing or drawing. I recall as a child how much I enjoyed drawing. The writing came later.
My seventh grade English teacher was Mrs. Henderson—a young mother and wife. She gave us a writing assignment and after gifting me with an A+ told me I should consider writing as a career. She meant as a journalist. I did not take her advice and become a journalist (one of my many misgivings.) My mind went toward other things as many young girls dream of—a husband, home, and family of my own. I put my love for writing and painting on hold for years. 

I unfortunately married a man who like my mother never encouraged me to be artistic. It was not until my children were grown and I no longer had a husband that I went back to my first love-art. I got a late start, but always encouraged my children and others to partake of artistic endeavors. 
I now have seven books under contract with three publishing houses. So my words to you all, is that no matter what road you choose, never forget your passion, and always keep it close to heart. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from enjoying your natural talents. You might need to put art on a temporary hold, but never, ever give up.

Wicked Intentions, 7 bone-chilling paranormal tales

Blood Ties
After the mysterious disappearance of twenty-six year old wife and mother Lisa Smalley, her twin, Audra Roper, begins having dark and disturbing visions of Lisa’s disappearance. Trying to survive while looking for Lisa, Audra’s life becomes a roller coaster of risks, heartbreak, and intrigue. 
The Haunting of Barb
Even as a child, Barb Marie saw dead people. This took an unhealthy toil on her throughout her childhood and young adulthood.
Summer Wind
When twenty-nine year old Ginger discovers the old mansion Summer Wind, she is mysteriously drawn to it. . Immediately, the haunting’s have a negative and profound effect on the family.

The Truth Behind the Lies, laying the Norfolk ghost to rest
Solving the brutal murder of American born Ruthie Geil becomes a gauntlet of attacks and more murders for Federal Police Inspector Ian Christian. Between the victims family, ex-lovers, and ghostly occurrences on Norfolk Island, the killer is closer than anyone realizes.
The Legend of Lake Manor
For the young psychic Cassandra Lopez, coming to the infamous and haunted mansion Lake Manor, was more like a mission.

The Apartment
When young newlyweds Bill and Gayle move into their new apartment, their lives are plagued with sightings of evil ghosts that threaten their marriage and lives.

Dark Visions
When Carrie Reynold’s starts having nightmares on her twenty-sixth birthday, she believes her “dark visions” can solve the twenty year disappearance of her father.
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PJ Sharon said...

Perseverance is the engine that propels the train forward, even when the tracks disappear on the horizon! Putting one foot in front of the other is the only way to make your dreams come true. Good for you for not giving up!

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you P.J. for your kind words.

Sarah J. McNeal said...

What a paradox you are, JoAnne. You write about murder and scary hauntings, and you paint these beautiful serene scenes of the sea.
I hope you continue both your artist endeavors and your writing now that you are free to be who you really are. Many of us put aside our dreams for practicality, but in the end, those of us who never gave up, will see those dreams come true.
I enjoyed reading your blog today, JoAnne, and I wish you every success.

Victoria Adams said...

Fabulous paintings. Terrifying cover!

Linda Andrews said...

I love the contrast between your watercolors and your writing. What made you decide to write such dark themes?

Lani said...

Oh my, JoAnne, we share a twin past. It was my 7th grade teacher who encouraged me to write too, but she wanted me to be any kind of writer, especially a poet. She went as far as to publish one of my poems in a teacher's journal. And I have loved to be artistic in multiple areas as well--painting, mosaic, and sewing. Oh, how I wish you had more encouraging people in your life, but I'm so proud of you for creating your own happy ending! Hugs!
Your stories sound scary but good!

Suzie Tullett said...

Like everyone else here, I think the contrast between your book covers and your paintings is fabulous x

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you Sarah for stopping by and commenting. It means a lot.

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you for the painting compliments. Good luck with all you do.

Angela Adams said...

These prints are awesome!

JoAnne Myers said...

Hi Linda, thank you for commenting. I chose those stories because I had watched paranormal shows on television, where people claimed they had experienced hauntings. I thought those story lines would be good for short stories.

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you Lani for the kind words. Teachers are great people.

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you Susie, for stopping in. It is much appreciated.

Rose Anderson said...

Your cabin in the pines reminds me of canoe trips. Just lovely. Best luck with your artwork and stories, JoAnne. :)

Margaret Tanner said...

Wow JoAnne,
A gifted writer and painter. What a combination that is.



JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you Rose for stopping by. It is appreciated.

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you Margret for the kin comments.

JoAnne Myers said...

Thank you Angela for stopping by and saying hi. Your comments are very appreciated.

JoAnne Myers said...

I want to thank my host Anastasia for allowing me this opportunity to promote my craft, and I thank all who commented. It is very appreciated. Thank you