About

Who is J.F. Penn?

J.F.Penn Grand Lodge
I’m a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thriller and dark fiction. My books blend my love of traveling and learning new things with psychology and the supernatural in a fast-paced style.

I’m also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013.

I love reading and always dreamed of writing my own books, but I spent many years thinking about it before I actually took the plunge. However, I did write a lot of journals during my many years as a corporate business consultant!

I have a Masters degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, Mansfield College and also a Graduate Diploma in Psychology – both interests are entwined into my writing.

J.F.Penn pics

Cycling in India, scuba diving and sky diving in New Zealand, Shooting in Budapest

On a more personal note, I love reading in diverse genres on my Kindle and I put my book reviews on Goodreads. You can connect with me here. My favorite genre authors include John Connolly, Stephen King, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child and James Rollins. I also read a lot of non-fiction, mostly travel, entrepreneurship, psychology and religion.

I’m based in London, England although I lived in Australia and New Zealand for 11 years. I spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporates across the globe before becoming a full-time author-entrepreneur in September 2011. Travel is my addiction, and a large part of my writing research process!

I write non-fiction under Joanna Penn, with ‘Career Change’ mapping the journey from full-time job to full-time entrepreneur. I also run a website for writers, The Creative Penn where I help others on the journey to becoming an author.

I’m married and live with my husband in South London, England. I’m a cat lover and I enjoy a glass of pinot noir along with chocolate as my main vice. I walk a lot and travelling is my main addiction. I definitely have itchy foot syndrome. I love to move on!

You can see lots of pictures from my life here, including my travels, adventures and writing inspiration.

If you’d like to connect more personally, contact me here.

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