After teaching in Baytown schools for 22 years, JoAn W. Martin retired, but continued as a reading/writing consultant for Houston area schools. She taught several years in the Alpha Gifted and Talented program at Clear Creek School District. She also served as an adjunct instructor in the School of Education at University of Houston/Clear Lake. She has written for twenty years and her writing has appeared in thirty plus magazines. JoAn was born and raised in Atmore, Alabama. And her writing reflects her childhood in a small South Alabama town. She hopes her stories deal honestly with the issues kids face and show readers how they can understand themselves and others. She is marketing her teen novels: Yankee Girl ( historical fiction) , Goodnight Mrs. Dinglewall (a ghost story) and Inventing Chloe. After three teen novels, her first adult romance: Retrieving Morning , was published in 2009. JoAn is available for presentations in the Houston area.