Joan Marie Verba earned a bachelor of physics degree from the University of Minnesota and attended the graduate school of astronomy at Indiana University, where she was an associate instructor of astronomy for one year. She has worked as a computer programmer, editor, publisher, social media manager, and web developer. An experienced writer, she is the author of fiction and nonfiction books plus numerous articles and short stories. Her fantasy novel, Sword of Queens, was a finalist in the EPIC and Midwest Book Awards. She is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.