Joy was a member of Swindon’s Chamber of Commerce in the 1980s and produced a monthly newsletter. Until 2016, when her husband Colin died, painting was Joy’s main interest. She said: “I had an exhibition every year and a painting on the go but I’m not doing that as much at the moment. They say if you don’t use it you lose it but I think it would come back. “It’s in my genes, I’ve been very keen on art since a very young child but I am the first writer in my family. Joy has produced offering advice to creative writers and hopes to hold more classes. She also designs her book covers. Her advice to budding authors is: Don't be scared. She added: “Write what you want to write, whichever idea you can’t get out of your head.
Frontlist | Tale of twin boys is latest release by prolific Chiseldon authorFrontlist | Tale of twin boys is latest release by prolific Chiseldon author
on Jan 28, 2021
A PROLIFIC author is hoping a tale of twin boys separated at birth will have young readers gripped this year.Joy Woodhams pens novels for both adults and children and is already on number 14 – having self-published her debut as recently as 2013.
The Chiseldon writer’s bestseller – The Mystery of Craven Manor – is an adventure story for nine to 13 year olds and has sold more than 30,000 copies. Joy said: “I’ve always written on an off. My much older brother Frank taught me to read when I was four. And then I started magazine when I was seven and distributed it amongst my friends.”
The mum of two is spending lockdown working on a children’s book about identical twin boys who are separated at birth. It starts when the boys are 13 – then one of them spots a picture of a runaway in the paper and sees a mirror image. Entitled The Boy With My Face, it should be completed in about three months' time. “I’m never short of ideas, Joy said. I have so many ideas so I have so many half-written books they just come and pop into my head. I get very obsessed with whatever I’m doing. Joy's daughters Lindsey and Bryony are both very supportive of her work and she donates some of her royalties to the Great Western Hospital Brighter Futures charity. She added: “I’m so thankful that I have this to absorb my time so lockdown hasn’t been such a burden. I’ve got friends who don’t have many hobbies apart from socialising so it’s been hard for them. She sells all of her books through Amazon, having turned down the opportunity to use a publishing company. “I’m quite impatient really,” she added. “I know quite a lot about the publishing but very few publishers actually take you on. 99.9 per cent of writers aren’t accepted. “It takes a good two years to get a book on the shelf. I have a friend who signed a contract, he was tied to them so I didn’t really want to go down that route.
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