Joan's highly successful Backroads series was born when she decided to combine a passion for writing with an equal hunger for travel. She has traveled Alaska, the Pacific Northwest as well as the Canadian West and the Arctic in a quest for the road less traveled and the interesting site just around the next curve in the trail. She is known to have traveled over 8,000 miles of highway to research one book. Joan's companion on such trips is often her dog Chevy. Occasionally husband Mike comes along too.