Joan Atkinson was born and raised in California and earned her B.A. in English at the University of Oregon.

After college, she worked for a vegetable cannery, a book store, an oil company, and an airport runway joint sealant company before leaving those exciting jobs to become a legal assistant.

Riding herd on two attorneys, a husband, and two cats takes up most of her time, but she does manage to squeeze in a few hours of exercise and has completed a triathlon, a half marathon, and three marathons in the last decade.

The rest of her waking hours are spent in a world of her own making, a world where she gets to tell people what to do and they actually do it.  Mostly.

Writing as Arlene Stuart, Joan had a short story in the recent collection Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women.

Her short story, Keep Tahoe Blue, is included in Bona Fide Books‘ collection Tahoe Blues: Short Lit on Life at the Lake.


She’s currently working on a middle-grade novel set in 1860 Virginia City and has three contemporary romances just aching, panting, YEARNING to be finished.

A member of the High Sierra Writers, Joan also blogs here.