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Joanne Kukanza Easley

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Joanne Kukanza Easley's debut novel SWEET JANE was released on March 19, 2020 by Black Rose Writing. The novel was named the winner in adult fiction at The Texas Author Project. Sweet Jane was also a finalist in the 2019 Faulkner/Wisdom Writing Competition and in the 2020 International Book Awards and Readers' Favorite Book Awards in Literary Fiction. 2020 Pencraft Award first place- Women's Fiction.

Her second novel JUST ONE LOOK will be released on June 24, 2021 by Black Rose Writing.

She is hard at work drafting her third book I'LL BE SEEING YOU, based on a character in SWEET JANE.

Joanne was born in Chicago, Illinois, has adopted Texas as her home. She lives in the Texas Hill Country on a small ranch with her husband, three rescue terriers
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Joanne Kukanza Easley I got the idea for SWEET JANE at a Saturday morning writing group at a café in Austin Texas. I had the vision of a teenage girl standing on the side o…moreI got the idea for SWEET JANE at a Saturday morning writing group at a café in Austin Texas. I had the vision of a teenage girl standing on the side of the road hitchhiking away from her unhappy home. Then I asked myself why she was leaving.(less)
Joanne Kukanza Easley I am editing my next novel JUST ONE LOOK. It is the story of Danielle Marek who fell in love at the age of thirteen. The novel is set in my native Chi…moreI am editing my next novel JUST ONE LOOK. It is the story of Danielle Marek who fell in love at the age of thirteen. The novel is set in my native Chicago in the close-knit GI Bill Post- WWII neighborhood where I grew up.

I am also researching another novel I'LL BE SEEING YOU, the story of Lauren Eaton, Sweet Jane's mysterious and flamboyant AA sponsor of a certain age. Lauren promised to tell Jane her story but never did. It's up to me. I'm researching topics as diverse as the Fort Worth Rodeo and fashion modeling in New York City in the Forties.(less)
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Sweet Jane winning awards

My debut novel Sweet Jane has received some lovely recognition.

I am so proud to have the cover art in the finals for the da Vinci eye award at the Eric Hoffer Awards. My talented cover designer brings my vision to life.

This week I learned that Sweet Jane advanced from the longlist to the shortlist for the Somerset Award at the Chantlicleer CIBA awards.

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