Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Joanne DiMaggio, MA, CHt, is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She worked in the Chicago media market, specializing in marketing and public relations, for many years before moving to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1995. During her long career, she has written hundreds of articles published in newspapers and magazines, and is the former editor of The Real Estate Weekly.
Joanne has had a keen interest in and been a student of esoteric topics for many years. She earned her Masters in Transpersonal Psychology degree and her Spiritual Mentor certification through Atlantic University. Her thesis on inspirational writing served as the basis of her second book, Soul Writing: Conversing With Your Higher Self. She formed the first Atlantic University Alumni Association for which she served as president for over two years and was honored at the 2011 Distance Education Training Council’s annual conference as Atlantic University’s Outstanding Graduate of the year.
An inspired teacher and speaker, Joanne has given talks across the country on the subjects of inspirational writing and reincarnation research, including presentations at The Rhine Institute at Duke University in Durham, NC and at the Institute for Neuroscience and Consciousness Studies in Austin, TX. She was one of the authors featured at the 2012 Virginia Festival of the Book, and has been a guest on numerous radio programs.
Joanne produced a small line of greeting cards called Spirit Song. The International Greeting Card Association cited one of those cards, What is Human is Immortal, for its creative excellence, choosing it as one of six worldwide finalists in the “Sympathy” category for its Annual LOUIE Awards.
Her books include Charlottesville: A Contemporary Portrait (2002); Soul Writing: Conversing With Your Higher Self (2011); Your Soul Remembers: Accessing Your Past Lives Through Soul Writing (2013); and Karma Can Be a Real Pain: Past Life Clues to Present Day Maladies (2016).