Welcome – From the Writer Who Lived in Hawaii and Now Resides in Gainesville, Florida
The Hawaiian islands are rich in history and culture. It was the island of Kauai and my interest in Hawaiian history that served as the inspiration for my novel, “Princess Ruth: Love and Tragedy in Hawaii.” This is the story of Princess Ruth Keelikolani, the richest woman in Hawaii, and how an island newcomer settles into life and love on the island of Kauai—placid on the surface with underlying tragedy.
Major themes that are interwoven throughout this novel are women’s special stories, Hawaii’s fateful history, Kauai’s natural beauty, the forbidden island of Niihau, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and more.
I decided to become an author because I felt I could reach out to more people this way. So, I took my experience as a mother, successful businesswoman, teacher, and poet and translated that into blueprints that others could learn from. Some of these non-fiction books include:
– “Reflections for Busy Educators” was written as a book of practical hints for busy educators.
– “Affirmations for Creative People” written to help all of us as artists of our lives, to be and stay creative.
– “Money Meditations for Women” offers financial counseling for today’s busy women.
Speaker and Workshop Leader
I have been a keynote speaker for the Women and Wealth Luncheon Series in Palm Beach, FL where I spoke on “The 21st Century Woman.” I also presented several other workshops surrounding money.
I have presented programs to over 100,000 people nationwide and have been featured on many TV and radio programs. I offer workshops on a variety of subjects such as poetry-as-therapy, journal-keeping and writing.
Jo Ann published her latest book: “Age into Beauty – Checklist for Aging” – 2022
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