J. M. Hochstetler
The daughter of Mennonite farmers, Joan M. Hochstetler grew up in central Indiana and graduated from Indiana University cum laude with a degree in Germanic Languages. She is an award-winning editor and author of historical fiction endorsed by bestselling authors such as Lori Benton, Laura Frantz, Jocelyn Green, MaryLu Tyndal, and Michelle Moran.
Her American Patriot Series is the only comprehensive historical fiction series on the American Revolution. Northkill, Book 1 of the Northkill Amish Series coauthored with Bob Hostetler, won Foreword Magazine's 2014 Indie Bronze Award for historical fiction. Book 2, The Return, was named a 2018 Shelf Unlimited Notable Book and received the 2017 Interviews and Reviews Silver Award for historical fiction. Her contemporary novel One Holy Night was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year and a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Colonial America Christian Writers, and contributes to the Colonial Quills and Heroes, Heroines, and History blogs.
In her everyday persona as Joan Shoup, she is the publisher and editorial director of Sheaf House Publishers, a specialty small press headquartered in the Elkhart, Indiana, area. In the mid 1990s, she was assistant editor for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, then served as an editor with Abingdon Press for many years. Before that she was executive assistant at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and an assistant producer on Freedom Speaks, a weekly TV program on First Amendment rights broadcast nationally on PBS.
Joan enjoys spending time with her husband, a retired United Methodist pastor, and with her children and grandchildren; gardening; crafts; traveling; researching her latest projects; and, of course, writing. An avid reader and lifelong student of history, she is especially fond of historical texts, biographies, and novels of adventure, intrigue, and romance. She is not, however, all that thrilled with school textbooks on history . . .
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