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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  1. says

    Hi Joanna,
    I dropped in here and began a speed read of your homepage, one of those scenarios where you mistakenly believe you can assimilate a concentrated mass of info, with savant-esque efficiency, only to find you can’t recall a word of it by the time you reach the foot of the page!
    You hooked me and drew me in with your various interests in psychology, neuroscience and religion. I too remembered the Milgram experiments and the Stamford Prison Experiment from my A’level psychology classes – I found them fascinating then and still do.
    Here in Canada we’ve recently been subjected to the horrifying details of a child abduction and subsequent rape and murder. The little girl was eight and the whole country has been shaken by the crime. The debate over whether we should have the death-penalty has been all over the press.
    I wrote a piece about the female perpetrator of the crime (there were two, a male and a female) showing her miserable background and how it contributed to what she found herself doing, at age eighteen, to an innocent little girl.
    People don’t like to hear about the capacity to commit horror or heroism that lies in all of us, preferring the comfort of labels like “evil” and “monster” which place what most see as an uncrossable gulf between themselves and the type of person who could do those things.
    I’ll have to look out for your books, they look like something I could get lost in :-)

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