Picture these scenarios:

  1. I own a small company and need to hire staff. How do I know that I’m going about the hiring process in the most effective way?

Joan has 25 years of expertise working for a wide range of industries. She’s been there and seen the pitfalls of hiring a title instead of a qualified person.

Resource: Joan published a motivation handbook that is being used by high school students in Europe. You’re asking: HIGH SCHOOL? Think about it. They’re going to college and will soon be part of the work force. You need to ensure that they have the right stuff for your company.

  1. I am the communications manager in a large company. I hired several newly-minted graduates to do my social media and marketing. They’re not getting the message across about my product/service to my target audience.

Joan wrote a handbook that was used by a staff of over 1,000 in a multi-billion dollar company. If your staff doesn’t know the basics of clear, concise communications, your revenue will go down instead of upstream.

  1. I’m a sole practitioner. How can I position my service so that I rise above my writing handcompetitors?

Joan published a book on leadership that has empowered many. In addition, she has her own communications consulting business that helps clients here and abroad.

Joan’s credentials to teach workshops: M.S. in Technical, Financial, and Business Writing, M.S. in English as a Second Language

Fortified by twenty five years of expertise in journalism, corporate writing, and entrepreneurial training.

For free consultation, contact Joan at her website:


INSPIRING SETTINGS FOR SUSPENSEFUL NOVELS by Joan Ramirez, author/photographer

An adventure, a step back in time, and an experience of a lifetime. These are the phrases that best describe a visit to Petra. This former center of trade, a royal jewel in the country of Jordan, has defied age.
As my horse-drawn carriage navigated through the Siq, a narrow gorge that leads visitors into Petra, my guide made me close my eyes.
When I opened them, his first words were, “BEHOLD, history awaits.”
I’ve circled the globe, but this view, even from a distance, of Al Khazna, the Treasury, is spectacular. Crowned by a funerary urn, local legend has it that a pharaoh’s treasure sits inside of its belly. I’d watched the Raiders movie featuring the fearless Indiana Jones, but to be up close and personal was incredible. Almost 40 meters high and adorned with Corinthian capitals, friezes, and figures, I closed my eyes once more and stepped into Indiana’s shoes to take his place on my own literary adventure.
From the Royal Tombs to the Governor’s Palace (shown above), the city is a feast for the eyes.
Petra has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1985, but windblown sand and growing salt crystals are a threat to precious monuments.
In fact, during an event held on July 7, 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal, Petra was designated one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
If I had available funds, I’d provide them in a heartbeat to preserve structures steeped in a country rich in history. In Petra nature, culture, and archaeology/geology blend together to form a magnificent whole.
While plot and character have a major role in all novels, setting is often the muse that fires our imagination.
I have circled the globe. It is my pleasure to launch the first in a series of travel photos and articles.  These photos and those to follow are for sale.  For further details contact me via the email on my web site at: or at

How to Stay Focused When Writing by Joan Ramirez

It has been said that everyone loves a lover. Coming from journalism and academic backgrounds, it was quite a transition for me to write romance. It sounded easy. Take one hero and heroine and blend in trials and tribulations, a black moment when the lovers part, and end with the lovers living happily ever after. I did my homework, reading some of the greats in the genre. I told myself that I didn’t become an award-winning journalist or elementary school teacher overnight. I could do this. So I put pen to paper and did character sketches and an outline and started to type.
Here are my observations: 1. Writing is not for the frail of heart. It takes work to make those love scenes and conflicts work. 2. It takes a lot of molding and shaping to make characters that resonate with the reader come alive on the page. 3. It takes imagination to design an eye-catching cover. 4. It takes time, energy, the right attitude, and tons of effort to pursue a career as a novelist while still working on a day job. 5. It’s worth it when you have your own hero, which I do in my husband, to encourage you, no matter how many times he has to listen to the same scene.
 I’ve done one through five. Now, I push ahead to find the right editor/agent for my romantic suspense and the series that I envision will follow. As I do so, I take courage from someone I admired who left this earth too soon. Her first book in an award-winning series was published when she was sixty five. I quote, “I woke up in a cold sweat the day after I got the contract from my agent, thinking of how many times I wanted to give up. I’m glad I didn’t.”
 Joan Ramirez,  Relatively new member of LIRW but not to publishing with three nonfiction and one fiction novel of her own plus mystery short stories online.

Source: October 2017 Long Island Romance Writers Shorelines Newsletter



Joan Ramirez will be appearing with other local authors at Prallsville Mill on October 15th from 10 AM to 4PM.  Join us at the Mill on Route 29 in Stockton, New Jersey.  There will be readings, book signings and wine tastings. Go to River Reads on Facebook for more details.

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This week we’re going to find out a little about author Joan Ramirez who writes as J.L. Regan. Joan will be talking about reviews. She’ll also tell us a little about herself and her writing, and answer some fun questions.

J.L. Regen’s book was inspired by a real life story of lovers who join hearts against many odds. She lives in the New York metropolitan area, is a published photojournalist, has short suspense stories online, and has taught special education and English as a Second Language to students around the globe. This is her first contemporary romance. She has also published three nonfiction books. Beverley: How important are reviews for your book? Joan: Reviews are important because they give me an idea of what to take out or put in for next novel. Beverley: How do you get reviews? Joan: I get reviews by posting my novel to book-related sites and doing as much live promo as I can Beverley: Do you pay for reviews? Joan: I do not pay for reviews Beverley: How many reviews does an author need? Why? Joan: An author needs good reviews –as many as possible. They build motivation. Beverley: If you get a bad review, how do you handle it? Joan:  I would hope not to get many bad reviews Beverley: Anything else you’d like to add on the importance of interviews? Joan: Interviews tell readers about my book Beverley: Which genre or genres do you write or prefer to write? Joan: I prefer romantic suspense Beverley: What prompted you to write in the genre/s you do? Joan: I’ve always wanted to write a romance and this was partly based on a true story Beverley: What genres do you enjoy reading? Joan: I enjoy suspense and historical Beverley: I’d love to hear what you think of the present genres, how they’ve been affected by self-publishing and where you think they might be headed. Joan: I think genres are an acquired taste and self-published books are growing rapidly Beverley: How long have you been writing? Joan: I have been writing since I’m 12 when I submitted my first published piece Beverley: Who influenced you the most in deciding to become a writer? Joan: My Mom influenced me most Beverley: What obstacles did you have to overcome to begin creating your work? Joan: Obstacles–learning the genre, of course Beverley: What gets your creative juices flowing? Joan: I get my creative juices flowing every morning but kids I teach motivate me re children’s books, which I’m now getting into more and more Beverley: What will stop your creative muse the quickest? Joan: Nothing stops my creative muse Beverley: What do you have for breakfast? Joan: I eat tea, toast, and cheese Beverley: Where do you do most of your writing? Joan: I write from my home Beverley: Do you have a favorite cartoon character? Why? Joan: Yes, Betty Boop. She’s cool Beverley: Who would you love most to meet ‘in person’ and why? Joan: I would loved to have met Eleanor Roosevelt. My hero Beverley: If you had an unexpected free day what would you do with it? Joan: When I have free time, I write and scout out ideas for books Beverley: What are you working on now? Joan: I’m working on my first romantic suspense and my first historical suspense.

Buy Link: For order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (E-book format. ISBN:97809984099-0-0)  You can find Joan at:

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Writing to Motivate: An Interview with Author Joan Ramirez

Joan Ramirez’s book, Jamie is Autistic, Learning in a Special Way, was inspired by the many special learners that she has taught as a Special Education teacher.
She lives in New Jersey and has an M.S. in Journalism, an M.S. in English as a Second Language, and an M.S. in Elementary/Special Education. She is also a published photographer and has traveled worldwide to give workshops in photojournalism.
Her book, Let it Go,Let it Flow Leadership published by Motivational Press, has motivated managers of all levels to advance in their organizations. Her book, Go for It Leadership Handbook for All Students by is still motivating high school students in Europe to go for it.
I would like to welcome and thank Joan for sharing her thoughts and time with Write on Fight on.

How long have you been writing?

My first article was published when I was nine.

What book made you realize you wanted to be a writer?

To Kill a Mockingbird inspired me to write.

Do you have any quirky writing rituals or odd sources of writing inspiration?

My dear friend, Isabelle Holland, who wrote The Man Without a Face, is my inspiration.

Why do you write? 

I write to motivate, to inspire, and to entertain with thought-provoking stories.

 If you could build a super-author consisting of three, living or deceased, authors who would you pick and why?

Isabelle Holland, Marilyn Henderson, and Robin Hathaway–three women who went before their time.

What author would you like to meet for lunch? Why?

I would like to meet Charles Dickens for lunch and pick his brain.What are you currently working on that’s got you excited?

What are you working on now? What are you excited about?

I’m working on the fragrance novel and will be working on a suspense set in Brazil. Every book I write gets me excited.

Joan’s books can be found on 

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