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Joanna Novins

Author Joanna Novins spent over a decade working for the Central Intelligence Agency. She credits the Agency with honing her writing skills, teaching her to recognize the compelling elements of a story, and sending her overseas where she met her husband while standing on a customs line. For her work at the agency, Joanna received seven performance awards, all of which are neatly stacked in a closet because she cant tell anyone how she earned them. After the birth of her second child, she retired from the agency, under the false impression that small children are easier to deal with than policymakers, military officers, and State Department officials. Realizing her mistake, she took refuge in stacks of romance novels and finally turned to writing them in 2001.