Author Joni Mayhan
As a shy child growing up in Southern Indiana, books were always a part of my life. I read anything I could get my hands on, nearly wearing out my library card. It wasn’t until I took a creative writing class in high school that I realized I had a knack for writing myself.
I penned my first novella at the age of eighteen and wrote another seven novels before I turned thirty. Unfortunately, finding a home for these novels wasn’t an easy task. After getting rejected by countless literary agencies, I put each book in a box in my closet and tried again, thinking that maybe this one would be the one that would launch my writing career.
In 2012, I finished Lightning Strikes, a post-apocalyptic story about a sweet, but brave, sixteen-year-old survivor of a horrific terrorist attack. Ember finds herself battling bad men and cannibals to keep her younger sister safe. It was the best thing I ever wrote, and I refused to give up on it. After being turned down once more by the literary world, I decided to self-publish it myself. The rest is history. Readers loved Ember and followed her through the three-book trilogy, leaving nothing but positive reviews, while sharing it with their friends.
I then decided to delve into the darker side of my life, one I’ve been dealing with since childhood: the paranormal world. I’ve been a sensitive since I was six years old, an ability that I fought against for most of my life. Once I embraced it, an entire world opened up to me, and I began to share my experiences with the world. My books Dark and Scary Things, Soul Collector, Bones in the Basement, Ghostly Defenses and Devil’s Toy Box have become widely read, all hanging in the top ten of their genre for months. The Winter Woods fictional trilogy followed in 2014 with the same success.
While I’m a writer, I always have a difficult time describing myself. I’m just Joni. I’m the mother of two now-grown children, Laura and Trevor. After spending thirty years in Massachusetts, I recently moved back to my home state of Indiana. I share my house with five cats (yes, really! Five cats!) and a very loyal dog named Ripley. I’m also a paranormal investigator, spending my free time in dark places with my friends. My biggest dream is to see Lightning Strikes on the big screen. One thing is for certain though: I’ll never stop writing.
I also run Haunted New Harmony Ghost Walks & Investigations. Since moving to this intriguing town, I’ve felt the ghosts lingering in nearly every building. After writing Haunted New Harmony, I decided to take it to the next level and give people a chance to see the haunted buildings in my book. I didn’t realize how much fun this would be until I took my first group out and watched their faces as they immersed themselves in the history and hauntings.
My newest book is Crazy Dead People. While it’s fiction, there area lot of true stories woven throughout the story. The haunted asylum it takes place in is a combination of several old asylums I’ve investigated and many of Shelby’s encounters are based on true life situations I’ve found myself in. If you’ve enjoyed my real-life paranormal books, take a look at what I’ve done when not limited to a true story. It will possibly keep you up all night, so be forewarned.
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If you’d like to contact me, you can email me at Jonimayhan@gmail.com
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