Joy’s Official Biography

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Joy E. Rancatore began early as a writer and reader (which came first is a bit hazy). She entered the professional writing world at age sixteen with a small-town weekly newspaper where the editor consistently ran her byline as Joe E.

A double major in Journalism and English offered a choice—pursue her dream to be an author or actually make money with words. She chose money. She wrote for a total of five newspapers before joining the dark side of public relations. After the birth of her first child, Joy freelanced for magazines, businesses and fellow writers as a writer, editor and proofreader. After battling Doubt for nearly a decade, she broke free to run toward her dream of authorship.

She writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between. When she’s not doing horrible things to her characters or dreaming up faery creatures and fantastic weapons, she beats her husband at card games, homeschools her two children, snuggles with her two stinky dogs and lets her cat, Tolkien, do whatever he wants. They’d prefer to live in Middle-earth or Narnia or Hogwarts or in a galaxy far, far away; but, for now, they live across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans.

Five Fun Writing Facts about Joy

Joy’s primary editor is her cat, Tolkien. He hopes one day she’ll improve. Any improvement, however small, would be grand in his estimation.
Both of Joy’s children learned to write with the same fat Snoopy pencil she did.
Joy won Camp NaNo her first time out. She began the challenge with just over 30,000 words and ended the month just past 95,000. That is how her first literary fiction novel was birthed.
One of Joy’s short stories, “Ealiverel Awakened,” won second place in a competition. Her work, along with many others’, will appear in an Adventure SciFi and Fantasy anthology edited by Rachael Ritchey. Proceeds will benefit Compassion International. This story will one day be part of a much larger fantasy series of books she is currently world-building.
Her biggest writing accomplishment to date remains penning the cover story for the August 2003 issue of Leatherneck, Magazine of the Marines. It featured her brother.


Joy E. Rancatore

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