Joan Hiatt Harlow

Joan Hiatt Harlow is the author of several popular historical novels on the McElderry list, including Secret of the Night Ponies, Shadows on the Sea, Midnight Rider, Star in the Storm, Joshua’s Song, and Thunder from the Sea. Ms. Harlow lives in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit her at JoanHiattHarlow.com.
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. When your dreams turn to dust ... VACUUM!

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Swimming

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A perfect ending for my stories.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would be a wonderful gifted artist. Right now I can't draw anything.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. My sense of humor

Author Voices

January 22, 2009

Do authors really have a muse?  I have a  muse who presents me with ideas and plots and characters.  Although it takes research, imagination, knowledge of the craft, devotion,and especially PASSION, to write an historical novel, I, for one, can attest to having my own personal muse.  She is also my dream-keeper and she's taught me:

1) To listen to my own inner voice

2) To trust that inspiration is everywhere, and if our minds are open to wonder, it will be revealed.

3) Too many words can stifle a thought

4) To laugh at myself

5) Never give away my gift or... see more

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