Joan Long grew up in Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing from Florida State University and a master’s degree in Journalism and Communications from The University of Florida.

She’s written for prominent universities, healthcare institutions, a magazine, a five-campus junior college, and a public television station. Her short story “Wanted: A Cold Day in Florida” is published in Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover’s Soul. In 2009 the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition named her then novel-in-progress Sharks and Minnows to its Short List for Finalists.

Joan’s subsequent novel—a mystery titled Lovebug Graveyard—became a finalist in St. Martin’s Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition. The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America also chose Lovebug Graveyard as a finalist for its Freddie Award for Writing Excellence.


MWAFL Freddie Finalist Certificate


Joan lives in Florida and is currently writing a suspense novel.


She is a member of:

The Authors Guild
Sisters in Crime
The Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime
The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America



Here are a few of the places and things that inspire Joan’s writing:

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