About Author & Artist Joanie Bruce

After writing simple picture books and mysteries for her children, Joanie found her passion for writing exploded when she started working in suspense fiction. As an avid reader, she welcomed the transition from reading to writing and considered it a wonderful new experience to please others with words.

As an artist, Joanie’s primary goal is to achieve a strong likeness of her subject, while portraying him/her in the most complementary setting. Her greatest joy is realized in providing her customers with a cherished reminder of someone or something very dear to them,  a work that will stand the test of time.

With a specialty in portraiture, Joanie Bruce uses such media as oils, acrylics, pastel, graphite, gouache, and charcoal to create commissioned pieces as well as creative landscapes, animals, and still life using a realistic approach to art. Her body of work includes over 100 commissioned portraits in various media as well as numerous landscapes and is found in private homes as well as corporate offices. 

Career Highlights:


“Alana Candler, Marked For Murder” debuted in February 2013 as the first book published by Joanie Bruce. 

“A Memory Worth Dying For,” her second book, was published in April of 2014.

“Murder for the Time Being,” launched in December of 2017.

“Christmas Murder Mix-Up” (part of the Trilogy, “Holly, Mistletoe, & Intrigue”)​ launched during the first week of November, 2017.

Visit the “Books” page of this site to learn more about her books.


Joanie was privileged to have oil paintings hanging …

     … in the private collection of former President George W. Bush

     … in the private Office of former Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue (currently Sec. of Agriculture in the   

                   administration of Pres. Donald Trump)

     … in the private Office of Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal

     … formerly in the office of the late U.S. Representative Charlie Norwood in Washington D.C. and now hanging in the Historical Society Building of Madison,                       GA


As a Juried member of the Portrait Society of Atlanta, Joanie has been named a “Finalist” with her work displayed in the folowing exhibits:

       Drawings Only Exhibit at the Art Station in Big Shanty, Georgia,

       The Spring 2006 Exhibit at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art,

       The 2007 Spring Exhibit also displayed at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, all in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the 2007 Spring Exhibit she received the Merit Award, for her painting, “Diane.”

 She has also received other awards in numerous juried shows and exhibits in different areas of Georgia.

Visit the “My Art” page of this site to learn more about her artwork.

 Personal Information:

Joanie and her husband, Ben, live on their farm near Madison, Georgia. Writing and painting from her home in the country is an opportunity that she loves. Thankful that God has given her the talent to write, draw, and paint, Joanie strives to use that gift to encourage and please others, and to honor Him in all of her accomplishments.

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