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 2023

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

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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

Goal Setting & Rule Breaking

Goal Setting & Rule Breaking

This blog post comes with a warning label. The process you're about to read is not for beginners because I broke all the first-of-the-year rules. For Goal Setting 101, head to a post I wrote in 2018, “Resolving to Make Better Goals.” Now that we have that settled, I...

Death’s Bouquet

Death’s Bouquet

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! I can...

Creative Health Focus

Creative Health Focus

On Christmas Day, I shared two photos with my family. Both were of me on the same day, in the same outfit. The differences were one year and nearly thirty pounds. Seeing the change side by side impacted me. I was angry to see how I had been, but stunned, proud,...

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