Joanne Vannicola began her professional career at age twelve as an actor. The Toronto film and television community quickly embraced Vannicola who made her feature film debut in Denys Arcand’s Love and Human Remains, which earned her a Genie nomination. Vannicola won an Emmy Award for her performance in the title role of Maggie’s Secret on CBS and was nominated for a Gemini Award for the CBC TV series 9B. Among her more than fifty television credits are the movies-of-the-week: To Save the Children (CBS), Ultimate Betrayal (CBS), Common Ground (Showtime), The Stalking of Laurie Show (US), In the Dark, and the acclaimed CBC series Being Erica.

Vannicola is a recent graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Toronto. She was a finalist in the Writer’s Union Competition for short stories, and has had a couple of short stories published in an anthology. She has written a few plays that have been produced and staged. She is happily working with her mentor David Layton on her first novel, Walking Through Glass.