Jo Anne Valentine Simson
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Who I am:
I'm a retired bio-medical scientist, reinventing myself as a writer. I originally began writing fiction with the pen name V. Pascoe (Pascoe was my mother's maiden name). I'm now writing mostly non-fiction with my "own" name (an ex-married name). I've also written some poetry.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
So far, I've published two books, both available through Amazon:
Korea, Are You at Peace?
The God that Says I AM
You can find them both on my author's page:
In addition, I've contributed to a couple of anthologies: on religious diversity, and, erotic poetry
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoir, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Amazon, Goodreads
Services I offer to other writers:
I am a good reviewer and pretty good editor. For anyone who's trying to use science in writing and would like some help, I also have extensive expertise in the sciences.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Besides SheWrites, I belong to BlogHer, Goodreads, and Mary Johnston's C4Women's group.
My professional associations:
Mostly in the biomedical sciences. Also, AAUW, Unitarian Church.
I found out about She Writes from:
Shari Stauch

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At 9:05am on May 18, 2016, Sheila Grinell said…

Thanks, Jo Anne. My book was released yesterday. Please go to your favorite vendor and search "APPETITE Grinell." I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

At 4:47pm on May 10, 2016, Sheila Grinell said…

Thanks for liking my blog post. Please do read my forthcoming novel--one of the two protagonists is a scientist.....

At 10:54am on April 7, 2016, Sakki selznick said…

I forgot to mention that erotic poetry. God, Poetry, Science, Korea and the erotic. There's an essay in there somewhere, if not a novel. 


At 10:53am on April 7, 2016, Sakki selznick said…

So sorry it took so long to respond. I haven't been on She Writes for a bit. Welcome to She Writes. It sounds like you have a lot to offer the world via your writing. Science, thoughts on a deity and then Korea. I'm so glad you're out there with this special perspective. 


At 8:11am on April 6, 2016, Niki Faller said…

Hi Jo Anne, I love your Machu Piccu profile pic! I'm looking forward to reading your work, especially about God & scientists.

At 6:55pm on December 22, 2015, Zetta Brown said…

Hi, Jo Anne!

Thanks for the request--and thanks for sharing your thoughts about pen names. :)

At 9:19am on October 9, 2015, Mary Ellen Latela said…

Jo Anne, I understand! Yes, a scientist, selecting chemistry over American Literature, so I could qualify for scholarships, I was unhappy in the dark halls of Sterling Lab at Yale, unhappier still in rich kids' schools in Massachusetts. And since I already had decided to e a writer (before age of 10), I spent so much energy and frustration trying to make a living and enjoy life.

Names... Me Too! Had to write secretly or nasty hubby would get violent, another reason to change names...

I cannot understand people who say "Pooh Pooh" to science as subject of reflection and writing.... do they get up early enough to watch the sunrise? Did they ever give birth or help a sister give birth? Have they said farewell to a dear aunt? It all works together ... I say God created everything, so there cannot be a real contradiction between science and thought. Birth control was just that ... another way to CONTROL women, but in their very core ... in the womb.

Have you read Elga Wasserman's The Door in the Dream: Conversations with Eminent Women in Science about decision to become a Mom or not? Fantastic!

Let's keep in touch. Mary Ellen Latela


At 6:08am on September 6, 2015, JoAnn Smith Ainsworth said…

I'm glad my author life story gives you encouragement, Jo Anne.

At 5:30am on September 6, 2015, JoAnn Smith Ainsworth said…

A capital A plus an e. I was named JoAnn for my father John and my mother Anna. Did you get Jo Anne for a similar reason?

At 9:12am on August 25, 2015, Nan Sanders Pokerwinski said…

That's a great subject for a book, Jo Anne. Just about everyone I know has stories (positive or negative) about communicating with healthcare professionals.

Yes, I'm a Michigander -- now at least. I grew up mostly in Oklahoma and lived a few other places before coming to Michigan to work at the Detroit Free Press in the early '80s. Now I live in West Michigan and never want to leave!

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