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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  JoAnn Blackman  

Pen Name: JoAnn Fastoff

Genre: Fiction Mystery

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1949 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Blackman was born in and lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

JoAnn Blackman graduated from Chicago's Harlan High School, attended Wilson Junior College, Columbia College, and acquired a BA in Marketing from an on-line university in Idaho. She has published over 100 articles in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago publications. She wrote, produced and directed three one-act plays on off-off Broadway in New York. She also wrote, directed and produced, a 3-city PBS aired television program called ''Live From The Warehouse'', and ''Herb Kent's Dusty Records'', a syndicated radio program airing in 22 cities. A former Publicist for the Grammy-Award winning group Kool and the Gang, Blackman was also an event coordinator for Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Gordian Knot
ISBN: 0533148766

Vantage Press. 2005

Book by Fastoff, JoAnn

The Pact: (A Howard Watson Intrigue)
ISBN: 142579971X

Xlibris. 2007

Three women carry out a vendetta against a drug dealer and secretly execute" him in the Forest Preserves of Chicago. Unfortunately they do not end the man's life someone else does¿their new enemy." Across the country in Washington, D.C., FBI

The Lie
ISBN: 1468556940

AuthorHouse. 2012

Book by Fastoff, Joann

The Smoke Ring: (A Howard Watson Intrigue)
ISBN: 1491827890

AuthorHouse. 2013

The death of a Major General in the Marines was ruled accidental by the D.C. police. FBI Agent Howard Watson believes otherwise. Why did the Major want to meet with him before his untimely death? What was so important that he had to see Howard without delay? What did the Major know that might have lead to his death? With his colleagues Tim Yamamoto and Ahmad Waverly by his side, Howard Watson will find out soon enough.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Enough Already! (No More Negative Portrayals of People of Color in Print and Film)


People of color aren’t used to reading about or seeing on film or television a take-charge character that looks like them and isn’t into drugs, doesn’t own a criminal record, and loves not only his family, but his job, too – a non-white character that isn’t angry. As the award-winning author of the Howard Watson Mystery Series, Fastoff focuses on promoting awareness and examining solutions to enact change through numerous avenues of exposure. (Teens and Adults; 60 min; $150 with permission to sell books)