Jo Ann Ferguson is the best-selling author of Regencies and historicals for Kensington, paranormals for ImaJinn and historicals for Jove (where she writes as Joanna Hampton), Harper, New Concepts Publishing, and Tudor. She writes (as Jo Ann Brown) inspirational romance for MountainView Publishing. She also sold a historical suspense to M. Evans and contributed to an encyclopedia published by Garland on the English Regency period. She is the editor of Now That You've Sold Your Book. ..What Next? and wrote the clause by clause explanation of contracts included in it. Her May 1997 Regency THE COUNTERFEIT COUNT won the ARTemis Award from Romance Writers of America.
She currently serves as the national president of the Romance Writers of America and was the recipient of the Emma Merritt Service Award, the highest honor for volunteer work from RWA. She has previously been a national director and Vice President. She received the first Robert Goldrick Service Award from the New England Chapter/ Romance Writers of America. She was awarded a Massachusetts Art Grant to teach creative writing, and she established the romance writing course at Brown University. She shares her life with her favorite hero - her husband Bill - her three children, one very arrogant cat and a rambunctious kitten in Pennsylvania.