Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke grew up in a small town
in rural Minnesota where her neighbors were friendly, the
winters were fierce, and the biggest scandal was the
spotting of unidentified male undergarments on a young
widow's clothesline. She insists that there really are
10,000 lakes and the mosquito is NOT the state bird.
While pursuing her writing career, Joanne has worked as:
a public school teacher, a psychologist, a musician, a
private detective's assistant, a corporate, legal, and
pharmaceutical secretary, a short order cook, a florist's
assistant, a caterer and party planner, a computer
consultant on a now-defunct operating system, a production
assistant on a TV quiz show, half of a screenwriting team
with her husband, and a mother, wife, and homemaker.
She now lives in Southern California with her husband,
her kids, his kids, their three dogs, one elderly tabby,
and several noisy rats in the attic.