Now a mature writer (think wine rather than cheese), Joy Lennick was seduced into writing books by reading them at an early age. Brer Rabbit, the horrific tales of The Brothers Grimm; Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Dickens and countless others, intrigued and inspired her, but apart from writing a school play, stories and poems, she didn’t write her first book until 1984.
Kogan Page Publishers commissioned her to write RUNNING A SMALL HOTEL, after Joy and her husband sold their hotel in Bournemouth. This was quickly followed by JOBS IN BAKING & CONFECTIONERY, and she later acted as biographer to Andrew Halsey, an epileptic rower who challenged the might of the Atlantic Ocean by rowing across it, alone, in a small rowing boat. Overcoming huge problems, he succeeded! HURRICANE HALSEY (published by Libros International). Then came a memoir of Joy’s time as a child in World War II, evacuated to South Wales: MY GENTLE WAR (published by WordPlay Publishers), and – her latest book – written in 2014, THE CATALYST, and produced by the same company about two protagonists caught up in one of the actual terrorist train bombings in 2005, their survival and fate.
Since that time, Joy has written several short stories, which have been included in various anthologies: the latest being FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD and DES RES? (Quirky Girl Publishing) Her many poems have also been published in numerous anthologies and appeared on many sites and in magazines.
Recently produced, was Joy’s husband Eric’s hand-written memoir A LIFE WORTH LIVING, which she typed and edited, published by Quirky Girl Publishing. Another on the back burner is FROM PRAIRIE TO PASSCHENDALE – the re-fashioned true story of a brave man born in the late 1800s who became a farmer in Canada and then a hero in World War I.
Two more books – in the making – are: THE MOON IS WEARING A TUTU and THE EGG TIMER.
Joy is now retired in Spain with her husband. Two sons live nearby and the eldest lives in Denmark.