Joy V. Smith has enjoyed reading (starting with her parents’ books and then discovering the library) and writing (making her own little books) since she was a kid. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh with a BA in English and now lives in Florida (not retired).
And now from the author herself:
I write fiction and non-fiction, including interviews. Now and then I discover an author, artist, or editor that I find especially interesting. I’ve interviewed Michael Conrad and J. P. Targete (artists) and Vincent Miskell, G. Miki Hayden, Janet Fox, Lyn McConchie, Hal Colebatch, and Matthew Joseph Harrington (authors and editors), among others. (I discovered Hal Colebatch’s and Matthew Harrington’s stories in the Man-Kzin Wars anthology series created by Larry Niven, and I tracked them down to interview them. They’re great writers–see my Man-Kzin Wars reviews–and great guys.)
My non-fiction also includes the book I wrote after building my first house: Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching the Pocketbook. (I lived on site with Xena, my Boxer cross, and kept a diary since I had the time, and I took the opportunity to learn lots of interesting stuff from the contractors.)
My fiction includes children’s stories and romance, but my favorite genre is science fiction, which has been published in magazines, anthologies, and two audiobooks, including Sugar Time (available from Hadrosaur Productions). The anthogies include Magistria: The Realm of the Sorcerer, The Ghost in the Gazebo, and WomanScapes.
Then I discovered ebooks, and I could find new homes for some of my old stories, and I wrote a book about the house we remodeled: Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure. My science fiction ebooks are: Hidebound, Pretty Pink Planet, and Hot Yellow Planet (the sequel to Pretty Pink Planet). I also collected earlier stories (reprints mostly) in The Doorway and Other Stories. Plus some of my stories are collected in Aliens, Animals, and Adventure, which is available in print from Anthology Builder. I was grateful for the opportunity to get stories and their sequels together in both collections.
And then I discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing month). Though I’d written a couple novellas, I had never ventured into novel territory. EEK! They’re too long!! (Which explains all the sequels I wrote.) But NaNoWriMo gave me the incentive to tackle the long stories percolating in my mind, and now I’m up to four! Detour Trail was my third novel, though it’s the first one to be published. Two (science fiction) are waiting patiently on editors’ desks, and one (science fiction) is waiting impatiently for me to start the rewrite.
You can find more about Joy and her writing via…
- at her writing blog: http://pagadan.wordpress.com
- her other blog (media tidbits and more): http://pagadan.livejournal.com
- Her western novel, Detour trail, is available at: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/joyvsmith/detourtrail.html
- The Doorway and Other Stories: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2
- Hidebound: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005ICFOHY
- Pretty Pink Planet (free e-book): http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615
- Hot Yellow Planet: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94029 – in this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures.
- Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560 – how one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink!
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