What genres do you write?
Jo-Anne: I write ‘faith-based’ novels and Christian non-fiction works (memoir), plus the occasional short story.
What market do you write for (Christian or general, clean reads etc)?Jo-Anne: Primarily the Christian market.
In which genres do you have books available for sale?
Jo-Anne: General ‘faith-based’ fiction and Christian non-fiction, plus short stories in various anthologies (Glimpses of Light, several ‘Aussie Stories’ publications).
How many books have you published in each genre?Jo-Anne: Six novels (one general ‘faith-based’ historical fiction and five general ‘faith
based’ contemporary fiction) and two Christian non-fiction works, the first one a memoir and the
second (due for release on 1st October) a mix of memoir, teaching and reflection questions.
Are you published traditionally, indie or hybrid?Jo-Anne: As of 1st October, when my indie non-fiction book, Becoming Me: Finding my true self in
God, is released, I will be able to say I am a hybrid author (seven books published traditionally, one
Jo-Anne: Not with my first seven traditionally published books, but genre did influence my choice with my eighth book, Becoming Me. Because it is not quite the type of non-fiction the publisher of my previous two books is producing at the moment, I decided to publish it myself rather than look elsewhere. It is still a memoir, but also contains some reflection questions, so could also be classified under ‘Christian Growth’.
Are your published works available in print, e-book or both?Jo-Anne: My first four novels are/were available only in print, but my last four books are available in both print and e-book format.
Why do you want to write? Do you feel called to write?Jo-Anne: I want to write for a variety of reasons. Firstly, I find it so fulfilling and satisfying—even the
hardest parts! Secondly, I feel God has gifted me and also equipped me through my studies and life
experiences to communicate via the written word—and it is important I use the gifts and knowledge
God has given me. Thirdly, I believe I have things to say that can make a difference in the lives of
others and hopefully draw them closer to God, via both my fiction and non-fiction books, as well as
my short stories.
And yes, I also believe God clearly called me to begin writing back in June 2003, while I was sitting
on a rock in Turkey, reading Isaiah 42 (see my website for more details)! It had always
been a dream of mine to write, but from that point on, I knew writing (and speaking) were to be my
Many thanks to Jo-Anne Berthelsen for sharing her thoughts on genre.