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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  JoAnn Blackman  

Pen Name: JoAnn Fastoff

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Born: 1949 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

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.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Gordian Knot
ISBN: 0533148766

Vantage Press. 2005

Book by Fastoff, JoAnn

The Pact: (A Howard Watson Intrigue)
ISBN: 142579971X

Xlibris. 2007

Three women carry out a vendetta against a drug dealer and secretly execute" him in the Forest Preserves of Chicago. Unfortunately they do not end the man's life

someone else does┐their new enemy." Across the country in Washington, D.C., FBI

The Lie
ISBN: 1468556940

AuthorHouse. 2012

Book by Fastoff, Joann

The Smoke Ring: (A Howard Watson Intrigue)
ISBN: 1491827890

AuthorHouse. 2013

The death of a Major General in the Marines was ruled accidental by the D.C. police. FBI Agent Howard Watson believes otherwise. Why did the Major want to meet with him before his untimely death? What was so important that he had to see Howard without delay? What did the Major know that might have lead to his death? With his colleagues Tim Yamamoto and Ahmad Waverly by his side, Howard Watson will find out soon enough.