Award-Winning, 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:

  • An award-winning, 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

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Published Books

Short Stories

Incredible Followers

Coming Soon!

Available 2022

Every Good Thing

Short Story Collection:
Christian Fiction; Southern Fiction; Historical Fiction

Get to know more about some of your favorite characters from Any Good Thing and This Good Thing!
Every Good Thing, short story collection, by Indie Author Joy E. Rancatore; part of Carolina's Legacy Collection


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

June 5, 2022 – July 31, 2022

Logos & Mythos Summer Reading Challenge • Virtual

Love to read? Join the Logos & Mythos Summer Reading Challenge for book inspiration, author chats and prizes. Visit the SRC webpage for all the details.

June 6, 2022 – July 6, 2022

Creative Writing Workshops for Teens • St. Tammany Parish Libraries

Are you a budding author?  Register for creative writing workshops to elicit Oceans of Stories Within You: Choosing Your Tale to Tell.

Discussing READING, WRITING and All Things LITERARY.

Logos & Mythos Blog

Virtual Learning for Writers

Virtual Learning for Writers

Are you a writer? Do you like to learn? Do these topics catch your eye—Creating Memorable Characters, On Writing Plot, Viewpoint and Dialogue? Are you a Christian who seeks to infuse your faith into your writing? If you answered yes, then get ready! About the Master...

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...

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