Joann Swanson


Joann Swanson was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, where she attended old Catholic schools with spooky boiler rooms and even spookier nuns. These things have understandably influenced her dark novels.

She now lives in Boise, ID with her husband and three spoiled feline divas. She works full time as an instructional designer, teaches two classes for a university and writes every chance she gets.

Besides writing, teaching and designing, Joann is an avid reader of just about every genre (plenty of YA, a smidge of Sci-Fi, buckets of horror, a dash of literary, even some graphic novels).

Occasionally Joann and her husband try to remember that work isn't everything and do a big vacation--so far, Victoria and Vancouver BC, Vegas, the Oregon coast and Maui. Someday they hope to go to Sunnydale, CA. Why? Because Hellmouth.

Tin Lily is Joann's first novel.

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Tin Lily
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,660. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Lily Berkenshire's life is shattered when her alcoholic father kills her mother and tries to kill her. To cope with the devastation, she begins retreating into peaceful, dissociative trances that allow her to escape, but that leave her physically vulnerable. Can Lily confront and heal the devastation inside her or she will forfeit her life to a father determined to end it?

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