Multi-Genre Indie Author

Joy E. Rancatore


Thank you for joining me on my adventure with Words and Story!

How about a quick introduction? I am:

  • A multi-genre Indie Author, writing the SOUL with HEART
  • A Blogger who loves to share her passion for books, reading, writing, the Writing Community and Indie publishing
  • A Speaker with more than two decades of experience to share with fellow writers and readers
  • An Editor offering manuscript editing services for Indie Authors AND
  • A Podcaster, half of the QWERTY Writing Life duo who also write and speak as a team

Your Turn!

Published Books

Short Stories

Incredible Followers


Any Good Thing

None of us deserves any good thing. So, when one does come—it’s a gift.

Southern Literary Fiction, novel

This Good Thing

Even on the darker days, we can be thankful for this good thing—LIFE.

Christian Southern Fiction, novella

Finders Keepers

The writer’s life is solitary … only if you want it to be.

Writing Craft, nonfiction

Upcoming Events

May 30, 2020 * noon to 3 PM (CST)

Books-A-Million, Book Signing • Hammond, LA

Meet me at the Books-A-Million in Hammond! I will autograph purchased copies; plus, I have a special gift for everyone who visits. We will keep the table as safe and contactless as possible, and I’ll give you a big ol’ smile from behind my mask!

June 1, 2020 * 9 PM (CST)

June 2020 #LAMBookClub LIVE • Joy's Facebook Page

Join me for the kickoff of our 2020 Summer Reading Challenge—LIVE from wherever you happen to be! Join in the fun, find out about the challenge and … PRIZES!!

Discussing READING, WRITING and All Things LITERARY.

Logos & Mythos Blog

Training to Write Fantasy

Training to Write Fantasy

When an athlete prepares to enter a competition or join a team, he or she trains hard. They eat right. Consuming the right calories is as important as doing the right exercises for a serious athlete.  Scholars train their minds before taking intense evaluations. They...



As I’m writing this, most of the United States is under stay-at-home orders from the government, thanks to Covid-19. Our lives have been upended. Each family has become homeschoolers overnight. Many people have lost their jobs. Some people have more time on their...

Heart’s Castle Entombed

Heart’s Castle Entombed

This story continues a series of short fiction exploring some of the Faerie Shepherds and Shepherdesses within my fantasy world. Read below the story for further explanation and head over to the Tales of the Faerie Shepherds if you’d like to read more!   Its...


Words have built empires, articulated the deepest passions of the heart, defended beliefs and spread the power of dreams. Words hold great and lasting power.

– Joy E. Rancatore

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