By JoAnn Smith Ainsworth On Sep 16 2008, 3:57 pm
• When the dot.com bubble burst, JoAnn Smith Ainsworth turned from her career in database administration and research to writing fiction.
• Ainsworth’s life-long fascination with language and her experiences with her great aunt, who cooked on a wood stove, gave her the background to begin work in her first historical romance. Ainsworth kept rewriting until she won third place in the International Outreach writers contest, then began writing another. She has finished four historical romance novels and one paranormal suspense.
• She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Fairleigh Dickinson University and has her M.B.A. studies from Pepperdine University. She likes to walk, swim, and read and currently lives in California with her son, Dennis.