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A Day in the Life of a Writer: Joanne Dannon


Joanne Dannon is an Australian indie-author of romance novels. She loves writing about dashing heroes, sassy heroines and sigh-worthy happy ever after endings and loves sweeping her readers from the mundaneness of everyday life into the delicious pages of romance. Falling for Miss Write is her latest novel, and is book 2 in the Bachelor Down Under series. Joanne has been nominated for and won a number of awards including winning 2017 and 2018 Author of the Year in the AusRomToday Readers Choice Awards.

Let’s see what Joanne’s day entails…


A Day in the Life of Joanne

Many thanks to Jodi for inviting me to her blog to talk about….ME!

Since I launched my first book, in 2015, my Mondays have been my most consistent of days, which is why I chose to share it.

5.30am I’m up early and at my desk. I check emails, my sales, and Facebook.

6am I write my weekly newsletter to my subscribers, doing this religiously, every week.

7am I get the boys up, make lunches, feed them breakfast, and clean up.

7.50am I make my husband a coffee and give all three of them a kiss before the boys walk to the bus stop and hubby goes to work.

8am I spend an hour on emails, mainly replies to my newsletter.

9am I walk with my friend and talk about our businesses. We’ve been doing this for 3 years. Now that I have a puppy, Juddy, he comes with us.

10.30am Get changed, have something small to eat and back to work.

I often write on Mondays!

3pm I do laundry, grocery shopping, and cooking.

5pm Boys are home and have dinner

5-7pm Feeding boys and driving them to sports/activities

7pm Hubby home and we have dinner. Boys have their second dinner!

8.15pm Book club – once a month I run a romance book club, which has been running for years.

8.30pm Get boys ready for bed

9-10pm Get ready for bed, read, sleep!


The Hot 5

What’s your favourite thing about being a writer?

Having a reader write to me (or write a review) telling me how much they loved the book I wrote.

Who are your favourite authors?

Bella Andre and Melissa Storm

What’s the hardest thing about the writing process?

Having the time to write. The business side of being a writer consumes me, and I wish I had more time to write. In saying that, in 2018, we moved house, renovated, I project managed 2 boxed sets and still wrote almost 200,000 published words.

What’s your go-to food or drink during writing?

Coffee in the morning, and herbal tea during the day. I recently bought a Soda Stream and looooooove it. I drink 2 bottles of soda a day.

What’s your number one tip for aspiring authors?

I have more than one 😉

  1. Don’t compare yourself to others. Your path is yours, not theirs.
  2. Most authors don’t have their first book published. You need to learn your craft and do your apprenticeship before you’re ready to be published.
  3. Make author friends.
  4. Don’t be hard on yourself.
  5. Accept you will receive rejections…even after you’re published.
  6. Keep at it. The difference between an aspiring author and a published author, is that one didn’t give up.
  7. The business side of being an author is also important – whether you’re traditionally published, indie or hybrid.



About Joanne

I’m a full-time romance author, and am lucky to be doing a job that I love! As a self-published author, I manage all aspects of my business including marketing, promotions, scheduling and of course…writing!

I’m also a mum to two handsome boys and have a husband who travels a lot. I also do a lot of community work so my days are full and busy.