Joan Van Nuys
Bio: Joan Van Nuys was raised in a family of violinists and for many years carried on the tradition of orchestral playing. A writing career beckoned when one of her daughters moved to Norway and Joan began putting her many adventures into story form. A sweet romance featuring a Norwegian hero netted her an agent but was never published. She went on to write two more category romances as Marianna Essex and has since produced seven historical romances. Joan, who recently lost her husband of 45 years to cancer, has three daughters, four granddaughters (two of them Norwegian), three cats, and she has lived in the same old ivy-covered house in northwestern Pennsylvania for many years. She's an avid fan of Star Trek Second Generation, Star Trek Voyager, The Young and the Restless, and she loves reading, gardening, pingpong and exploring old towns in Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. We at Hard Shell Word Factory join the romance world in mourning the passing of this talented author, who left us on May 20th, 2000. Please visit Joan's Web Page and sign her guestbook as a tribute.