Creative Writing and Literary Arts
MFA, Vermont College of Norwich University; BA, California State University, Long Beach
Several of Jo-Ann Mapson's books have been BookSense picks and most are available on audio, tape, large print, and Braille. Considered "main stream" in terms of genre, subjects she writes about include: women's lives, friendships, raising children, working, and loving good men.
| ||Along Came Mary (Bad Girl Creek, book #2)|
Nance Maddox's old boyfriend wants her back, but his affection will be hijacked by a karaoke singer whose sister was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing.
| ||Bad Girl Creek (Bad Girl Creek, book #1)|
Phoebe DeThomas, in a wheelchair, has lived her whole life as a spectator. When she inherits her aunt's farm, she decides to revive it, with the help of three roommates.
| ||The Wilder Sisters|
Lily and Rose, sisters who haven't talked for five long years, come back together in Floralee, New Mexico, to try to mend their relationship.
| ||Finding Casey|
Juniper Vigil is in college and in love. Glory Vigil is unexpectedly pregnant and confined to bed. Joseph is trying to hold everyone's lives together while he works for a Women's Shelter in Sante Fe. The psychologist who gives pro bono counseling to the women who seek sanctuary encounters a young mother and her seriously ill daughter who will change the Vigil family forever.
| ||Solomon's Oak|
Glory Solomon, a young widow, holds tight to her memories while she struggles to hold on to her husband's ranch by holding theme weddings under the hundred-year-old oak tree known locally as Solomon's Oak. Into her life comes and angry homeless girl, Juniper McGuire, and a disabled cop-turned photographer from New Mexico, Joseph Vigil.
| ||Goodbye Earl (Bad Girl Creek, book #3)|
Beryl is unhappy in Alaska. When a medical emergency arrives without warning, decisions need to be made. The Bad Girls come to her rescue, and bring her back to the California farm where she belongs.
| ||The Owl & Moon Cafe|
Four generations of the Moon women have owned and operated their small cafe for decades,serving pastry and coffee to the locals in Pacific Grove. When Allegra becomes ill, a man she loved as a young woman (with massive consequences) is the one who comes to her aid.
| ||Hank & Chloe|
The story of an unlikely romance between a college professor and a woman horse trainer.
| ||Loving Chloe|
After they move to Arizona, Chloe is pregnant with the baby they were expecting at the end of Hank & Chloe. As Hank settles into his teaching job, a handsome Indian artist, Walter Whitebear, enters the story, and his affection for Chloe causes stress on the couple's relationship.
| ||Shadow Ranch|
Charles Russell the first, the iconoclastic head of the Carpenter family, is estranged from his family following the tragic death of his grandson. When he falls in love with a former stripper on the Sally Jessy show, his family tries to intervene.
| ||Blue Rodeo|
Margaret Yearwood's son Peter has lost his hearing. He moves in with a foster family in New Mexico to learn deaf culture. His mom follows him and becomes involved with a sheep rancher.