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Meet Joani Elliott

Updated: May 19, 2023

Last year, at the 2022 Storymakers Conference, I had the enjoyable opportunity to be tablemates with Joani Elliott during the mass book signing event. We shared a few author/life parallels and quickly became fast friends.

Her debut novel The Audacity of Sara Grayson has won multiple awards and is an absolute fun read!

Joani is a joy to visit with, she has wonderful wit, insight, and literary wisdom. You will walk away a better person after getting to know Joani. Enjoy this month's spotlight!

Joani Elliott grew up near the mountains of Salt Lake City with six sisters and two brothers. This means she is very good at sharing bathrooms and can apply her make-up using the kitchen toaster as a mirror. This also means that sometimes one eye looks larger than the other, but no one seems to mind. Joani has taught writing at the University of Maryland and Brigham Young University. She and her husband are the parents of two daughters who, for the record, swear they will never finish their dead mother’s book.


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Be sure to enter to win an autographed hardback copy of Joani's award-winning debut novel The Audacity of Sara Grayson.

“Elliott’s debut novel is crafted for writers or anyone interested in writing. Each chapter begins with a quote from a famous author. Readers will enjoy following Sara as she takes on the ambitious task her late mother assigned to her. Decades-old secrets, heartfelt high emotions, and even romance lurk along the twisty path.”



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