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

The Crux Anthology

Adventure Fantasy & SciFi Short Stories

Fantasy & SciFi

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Carolina’s Legacy Collection: Every Good Thing & One Good Thing

Status: Drafting & Revising

Genre: Southern Literary Fiction

Expected Release: 2023 and following

Carolina’s Legacy continues in Every Good Thing, a collection of short stories surrounding some of the secondary characters from Any Good Thing and This Good Thing.

An epistolary, One Good Thing, rounds out the collection for readers who enjoyed Any Good Thing and want one more glimpse at Jack, including his time on the mountain.

Title: Elspeth’s Tale (Official Title Forthcoming) 

Status: World-building

Genre: Fantasy

Expected Release: 2024 and following

Elspeth chooses to accept her calling as Shepherdess of the Fae, but is she prepared to sacrifice all in order to fulfill the destiny prophesied before her birth? Can she unleash the power within, without allowing it to consume her? And how will her journey affect her sister-friend, Arabel—the one human who accepts her for who she is and what power she wields?


Title: “Ealiverel Awakened”

Status: Published in The Crux Anthology

Genre: Fantasy

Elspeth has accepted her calling—Faerie Shepherdess. She journeys to Temple Taepaeum where she must pass several Trials to awaken all her power within in order to begin her Training.

This short story won second place in Rachael Ritchey’s Adventure SciFi and Fantasy competition and features with other stories in The Crux Anthology, released November 26, 2018. All profits from this book go to Compassion International.


“Ealiverel Awakened” is a small part of what will one day be a full fantasy series by Joy. Read more stories from this world in the Tales of Faerie Shepherds series.

Title: “Dream Debris”

Status: Resting (potential transformation to a full novel)

Genre: Historical Fiction


Murdoch and Osla love one another with passion that transcends separations, but will the Sea’s rage rend their feelings and cast the remnants to the waves as floating dream debris?

Title: “Walking the Parade Route”

Status: Available for Joy’s Newsletter Subscribers

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Laura wants to understand the culture of her new home near New Orleans. What better time to experience that than while “Walking the Parade Route”? She embraces the culture … and so much more … while waiting for the floats to pass and the beads to fly.

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