JoAnn Ainsworth’s books have been racking up awards, including a recent 2016 Best Book Awards Finalist in the ‘Fiction: Mystery/Suspense’ category. Her six novels reflect the exciting life she described in our fascinating chat.
I enjoyed hearing about JoAnn’s adventures in the writing world. She began with the intention of generating extra retirement income, and took classes to translate her passion for literature into marketable modern fiction. “I learned to limit my observations to the characters’ perspectives instead of having a narrator who dishes up lots of background.”
Her first novels were in the romance category, but she was soon drawn to mystery. JoAnn has created a fascinating suspense genre that she plans to develop “for the rest of my life.” It revolves around a team of 5 Navy psychics racing to stay a step ahead of German spies. These characters draw from JoAnn’s wide-ranging career, working administratively with senators in Washington, scientists at UC Berkeley and lawyers in San Francisco.