Author Archives: Joanne Guidoccio

About Joanne Guidoccio

In 2008, Joanne retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

In Praise of Crossword Puzzles

For many people, the crossword is a daily ritual. Some consider the puzzle an essential component of their mornings, treating it like a vitamin for the brain. Others think of the puzzle as a quick escape from the day’s demands. … Continue reading

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Loving My Chatty Matty Coffee

“Light and mellow…nutty with a caramel finish.” This delightful blend of lightly roasted and dark roasted beans is one of many options at Planet Bean, a Guelph roastery that carries certified fair trade and organic gourmet coffees. Like many Guelphites, … Continue reading

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The Four Tendencies for Writers

Earlier this month, I participated in a WFWA (Women’s Fiction Writers Association) webinar with writer Brigitte Russell. An educator, Brigitte has a Ph.D. in history and has taught at both K-12 and post-secondary levels. In her work for the New … Continue reading

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10 Quotable Quotes from No More Secrets

Whenever I pick up a new book—fiction or nonfiction—I like to pause and note any passages that trigger aha moments. In earlier times (pre-computer), I would copy those pearls of wisdom into an “Inspirational Quotations” file. I still have that … Continue reading

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In Praise of Reading

An avid reader, I look forward to my daily escape from life’s realities. Eclectic in my tastes, I love to curl up with women’s fiction, historical fiction, cozy mysteries, memoirs, psychological thrillers, and self-help. On average, I read anywhere from … Continue reading

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All About Women’s Fiction

Whenever I’m asked to describe my upcoming release, No More Secrets, I start by saying that it’s women’s fiction. And then I wait for the usual questions that follow: How is that different from romance? Are men allowed to read … Continue reading

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Ending on the Right Note

This past year,  I  have read several books with unsatisfying endings. In one case, I wondered if the novel had been worth my time and attention. The author had started with a compelling opening, the characters were well-developed, and each … Continue reading

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Eight More Second Acts

Since July of 2013, I have shared the reinvention stories of over 100 women from across three continents. The eight women featured today have launched second acts as writers. Here are their pearls of wisdom. Click on their names to … Continue reading

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My Yoga Practice…Then and Now

In late June of 2009, the following newspaper advertisement caught my attention: Unlimited yoga during the months of July and August for $160 I planned to attend three classes a week and see how I felt by the end of … Continue reading

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De-Stress with Humor

According to one study, adults laugh—on average—seventeen times a day. Pre-school children, on the other hand, can laugh up to 300 times a day. That discrepancy becomes even more pronounced at this time of the year. With less than three … Continue reading

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