Joanna Steenen is my new pen name.
Why a new pen name?
Because I started writing in a new style, adding steam to my stories. Joanna does what Hannah does not: Write explicit bed scenes. Which is called “steamy” in certain circles.
I believe the voice is similar. The stories are just as full of adventure, action and love as ever. So if you like Hannah’s work and don’t mind explicit “naughty bits”, you’ll enjoy Joanna’s stuff, as well.
Why Joanna Steenen?
I want my new pen name to be similar to Hannah Steenbock. I think that works with Joanna. And the Steenen is almost like Steenbock.
Funny enough, I actually did google that name, and nothing came up. Which means it’s a good name to build visibility around – searches will go to me.
What is Joanna up to?
There are three series so far that are under the Joanna Steenen name. One is actually done already, which is the Franssisi Four Chronicles.
The Franssisi Chronicles
I call the series “Zell”, after the main character, a wonderful guy, even if I say so myself.
It’s about a human colony taken over by aliens who use humans are their pets, as well as bed partners. Zell is a “Wild One”, a human who has not been bred by the aliens, and is thus considered to be both dangerous and a desirable pet… but his captors have not planned on his indomitable nature.
I am very hard on poor Zell in these books. He suffers much for his convictions, and he is quite willing to offer his life if that would improve the situation of all humans in this world. Fortunately, he makes friends and finds allies – and has tons of adventures.
Grab “Decoy” for free to get started:
The Winds of Destiny and Pillars of the Empire Series
This is a huge series about mages and shamans living in (and escaping from) the Holy Empire. The Winds are basically shamans with all kinds of skills and powers, while the Pillars are elemental mages, working with Water, Fire, Lightning and Earth. They live in Houses, with one of each kind, with everything provided for them.
The catch is that they will be sacrificed on Winter Solstice when the House turns 25. Their energy is used to maintain the Veil, a protective shield above the Empire.
In each book of the series, one member of a House escapes. So far, I’ve written all the Winds (South, West, East and North), and am working on the Pillars (Earth for now). I’m always looking for Beta-Readers, so let me know if you’re interested.
And what can I say? I love them, most of all West and East. Great guys with big hearts and lots of problems…
The Demon Hunters of Terragon Series
The first book of this series is done, called “The Exterminator”. I even have cover art for it, and I really should just kick it out and publish it. I have ideas for books 2 and 3, but I am stuck on writing them.
The veil separating Earth from other worlds has become thin. And demons are the first ones to exploit that new opportunity, but they are not the only ones. Watch the Exterminator Gregory team up with an alien demon hunter to fight a terrible attack on his town.
Right now, I’m working on getting feedback from beta-readers, editing, formatting and covers, as well as writing more. Hoping to get the first book out soon. Wish me luck.
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