That’s right! Joining us today is none other than Joyce Anthony, author of Storm! It just keeps getting better here at Kat Logic and I am so honored to have Joyce stopping in today. I have recently come to know Joyce through several blogging friends and have come to admire her in so many ways. Other than being an incredible author, she is also a fellow single-mom which just gains even more of my respect.
Without further adieu, let’s jump in and get to know more about her on a personal level!
Katrina: Great to have you here today on Kat Logic. Thanks for taking the time to stop in and introduce yourself to those that don’t already know you. Most of us have heard of Storm, and we’ll get to more about your latest release a bit later. Right now, I want our readers to hear more about you! Tell us a little about yourself and what home life is like for you.
Joyce: I am a single mother of one wonderful teenage son, whom I homeschool. We share our Pennsylvania home with a special friend and our fur/feather family. These include one mini-horse, disguised as a dog, who thinks he’s a cat–three cats–3 doves–2 cockatiels–and a chinchilla named Elvis! ~~~ I’m not sure we ever have a typical anything around here 🙂 After supper, we often play a card or board game together (at least one cat and the dog attempting to play also) and watch a couple VHS or DVD movies then go to sleep. Once everyone else is asleep, I try to get a bit of computer work in–blogging, writing, whatever…
Katrina: A chinchilla named Elvis? I keep telling my kids he’s still alive. Now I have proof. I’ve also noticed you and I tend to be awake the same hours…wee hours of the morning. I get my best work done around 2am. It’s tough trying to squeeze it all in. How do you juggle your family and career and still make time for yourself?
Joyce: Here at home, every aspect of our lives is completely intertwined, my writing, my son’s art, homeschooling….I read pieces of my work for opinions, we take turns playing songs (music is big around here), at least one of us is interacting with one of the critters almost constantly–we truly live as one family unit, loving and sharing. I don’t honestly have time to myself, which I miss, but wouldn’t trade my life for anything.
Katrina: That’s saying a lot. The fact that you wouldn’t trade your life for anything. I think so many of us (especially women) get mangled in this life we’ve found ourselves in and it’s hard to make it through most days. The days seem to run together. Many times I’ve found myself thinking, “there has to be more to life than this”. So, I admire your outlook on life. At what point in life did you realize you wanted to be an author?
Joyce: I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write–but I was brought up in a home where reading and writing weren’t exactly “practical”. I was consistently discouraged where my writing was concerned so put the notion deep inside–not allowing it to surface completely until my mid-30s. I wrote, but I didn’t share. ~ ~ ~ My birthday present when I turned eight was a library card. From that point on, I lived at the library, spending hours each day there. Books were my comfort and I wanted to write things that would bring the same comfort to others.
Katrina: As I’m sure you’ve done! Thanks for stopping in today. For our readers, Joyce will return Wednesday to share more about her latest release Storm. In the meantime, you can check out her BLOG site and view all the amazing authors and stories she’s covered among doing her own work. She’s a busy mom after my own heart.
Don’t miss her continued interview. Comments and questions are welcomed and a copy of Storm will be given away to one lucky reader!
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