Romance author JoAnn Ross was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Oregon. Before becoming a full-time author in 1983, she worked as an advertising account executive and for a large metropolitan newspaper. She has written over 95 novels and has won numerous awards including Romantic Times's Career Achievement Awards in both category and contemporary single title. She also writes under the names of JoAnn Robbins and JoAnn Robb. Because she gives writing workshops on-line and at conferences, she was named the Romance Writers of America's Pro-Mentor of the Year. She currently lives with her husband in Tennessee.