Pen Name: JoAnn Fastoff
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Born: 1949 in Chicago, Illinois
Blackman was born in and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional Information
JoAnn Blackman graduated from Chicago's Harlan High School, attended Wilson Junior College, Columbia College, and acquired a BA in Marketing from an on-line university in Idaho. She has published over 100 articles in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago publications.
She wrote, produced and directed three one-act plays on off-off Broadway in New York. She also wrote, directed and produced, a 3-city PBS aired television program called Live From The Warehouse, and Herb Kent's Dusty Records, a syndicated radio program airing in 22 cities.
A former Publicist for the Grammy-Award winning group Kool and the Gang, Blackman was also an event coordinator for Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet.
The Gordian Knot, Vantage Press, 2005
The Pact, Xlibris Corporation , 2007
The Lie, AuthorHouse, 2012
The Smoke Ring, AuthorHouse, 2013
Titles at Your Library
The Gordian Knot
Release Date: 2005-06-01
The Pact: (A Howard Watson Intrigue)
Release Date: 2007-11-20
Release Date: 2012-04-05
The Smoke Ring: (A Howard Watson Intrigue)
Release Date: 2013-10-22
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)
Enough Already! (No More Negative Portrayals of People of Color in Print and Film) Program People of color aren’t used to reading about or seeing on film or television a take-charge character that looks like them and isn’t into drugs, doesn’t own a criminal record, and loves not only his family, but his job, too – a non-white character that isn’t angry. As the award-winning author of the Howard Watson Mystery Series, Fastoff focuses on promoting awareness and examining solutions to enact change through numerous avenues of exposure. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)
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