She finished her Bachelor's degree in English and was a columnist in her university's publication where her poems were first published. Her early literary works are regarded by her mentors as 'a work of someone who loves her craft' and are 'moving and inspiring.'
Joan is an active member of a theater guild. She writes and acts on stage. She has written and directed her own film which won her the Best Director and Best Picture award in her university's annual indie film festival. She is now an English instructor.