Joanne Madden


Joanne Madden is a lifelong resident of Toronto. She is a graduate of York University and a certified library technician. She worked for many years as a library and research specialist at the Toronto Star newspaper. Since leaving the Star in 2010, she has tutored English as a Second Language (ESL). Joanne is an avid blogger. She maintains two blogs - Number 16 ( and TV Banter ( In her leisure time, she enjoys going to movies and plays. She has an interest in history, current events and trivia. "Children of Dieppe" is her first novel.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. My grandparents were Italian immigrants from Sicily. My father was a businessman and he owned and operated a convenience store at the corner of Bloor and Dufferin. When I was six years old, my family moved to the west end suburb of Etobicoke, where I have lived ever since. The people and places of my city have definitely influenced my writing, many of which are mentioned in my novel, "Children of Dieppe." However, I am not solely focused on Toronto. I have done a fair bit of travelling and my travel experiences are reflected in my writing. I sometimes write about places that I have researched, but never visited.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I began writing "Children of Dieppe" a few years ago, during my spare time. However, I had only written about 19,000 words and the characters and the plot were very sketchy. Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck and I suddenly had more time on my hands. I decided to do something worthwhile and productive during lockdown, so I completed the novel and self-published it. I got my creative juices flowing, wove together a plot, and developed my characters. It really was an enjoyable experience.
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Where to find Joanne Madden online


Children of Dieppe
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,310. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
CHILDREN OF DIEPPE is the story of Denise Nair, whose father died during the tragic raid on Dieppe in 1942. The repercussions of that raid are life-changing for Denise's family, friends and acquaintances, especially the troubled Rosemary Tillis and the mysterious Gordon Sloane. This sweeping novel spans a time period from World War II until the 21st century.

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