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.”