Bio of Joanna Campbell Slan
National bestselling and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan has written more than 40 books, including both fiction and non-fiction works. She was one of the early Chicken Soup for the Soul authors, and her stories appear in five of those New York Times bestselling books. Her first non-fiction book, Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience (Simon & Schuster/Pearson), was endorsed by Toastmasters International, and lauded by Benjamin Netanyahu’s speechwriter. She’s the author of three mystery series. Her first novel—Paper, Scissors, Death: Book #1 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series-was shortlisted for the Agatha Award. Her first historical mystery—Death of a Schoolgirl: Book #1 in the Jane Eyre Chronicles—won the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. Her contemporary series set in Florida continues this year with Cast Off: Book #4 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series.
In addition to writing fiction, Joanna edits the Happy Homicides Anthologies and has begun the Dollhouse Décor & More series of “how to” books for dollhouse miniaturists. Recently, one of her short stories (“The Color of Envy”) was accepted for inclusion in the prestigious Chesapeake Crimes 9: Invitation to Murder anthology. Her newest short story “Ruff Justice” will appear in the Summer Snoops Unleashed anthology (July 23, 2019 release).
Joanna independently published I’m Too Blessed to be Depressed back in 2004 when she was working as a motivational speaker. She sold more than 34,000 copies of that title. Since then she’s gone on to independently publish a full-color book, The Best of British Scrapbooking, numerous digital books, and coloring books. Her book Scrapbook Storytelling sold 120,000 copies.
She’s been an Amazon Bestselling Author too many times to count and has been included in the ranks of Amazon’s Top 100 Mystery Authors.
A former talk show host and sought-after motivational speaker, Joanna has spoken to small and large (1000+) groups on four continents. Sharing Ideas Magazines named her “one of the top 25 speakers in the world.”
When she isn’t banging away at the keyboard, Joanna keeps busy walking her Havanese puppy Jax. An award-winning miniaturist, Joanna builds dollhouses, dolls, and furniture from scratch. She’s also an accredited teacher of Zentangle®. Her husband, David, owns Steinway Piano Gallery-DC and five other Steinway piano showrooms.