About Me

Joanne as a child, reading a book outdoors.

I grew up in a house filled with books and music. My earliest memories include sitting on the gray carpet in front of the hi-fi, listening to Peer Gynt Suites, or following my mother around the house holding a book and begging to be read to. I dabbled in poetry and short stories for much of my life, but didn't get serious about it until I survived my first brain aneurysm rupture in 2005. After that, I realized if I was ever going to be a writer, I needed to put more effort into it and I needed to learn. I joined SCBWI, attended workshops, found critique groups, and kept writing. I managed to accumulate fifteen publication credits (poetry and flash fiction) in small literary journals for adults before having a children's story published by Highlights magazine in 2016. After my second aneurysm rupture in 2017, it took me a lot longer to recuperate. That illness helped me focus on what really matters. My family. And books. I started writing a verse novel in 2015 and it has gone through several major changes to become EVERYWHERE BLUE. My husband and I live in southeastern Pennsylvania and are the parents of two grown sons.

I'm a member of SCBWI
I support the Brain Aneurysm Foundation
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I'm a member of #the21ders
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Debut novel Everywhere Blue
Out now from Holiday House

© 2021 Joanne Rossmassler Fritz. Made with Love ♥ by E & K