E. N. Joy

Biography

BLESSEDselling author, E. N. Joy, is the writer behind the five book series, “New Day Divas,” coined the “Soap Opera In Print.” Formerly writing secular works under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY, this award winning author has been sharing her literary expertise on conference panels in her home town of Columbus, Ohio as well as cities across the country.
After thirteen years of being a paralegal in the insurance industry, Joy finally divorced her career and married her mistress and her passion; writing. In 2000, Joy formed her own publishing company, END OF THE RAINBOW projects, where she published her own works until landing a book deal with a major publisher. Under End of the Rainbow, Joy has published New York Times and Essence Magazine Bestselling authors in the “Sinner Series,” which include Even Sinners Have Souls, Even Sinners Have Souls TOO and Even Sinners Still Have Souls.
In 2004, Joy branched off into the business of literary consulting where she provides one-on-one consultations and literary services such as ghost writing, editing, professional read-throughs, write behinds, etc… Her clients consist of first time authors, Essence Magazine bestselling authors, New York Times bestselling authors, and entertainers.
Not forsaking her love of poetry in which she has published two works of poetry titled Please Tell Me If the Grass is Greener and World On My Shoulders, Joy plans to turn her focus back to the genre one day. “But my spirit has moved in another direction,” Joy says. Needless to say, she no longer pens street lit (in which two of her titles, If I Ruled the World and Dollar Bill, made the Essence Magazine bestsellers list. Dollar Bill appeared in Newsweek and has also been translated to Japanese). She no longer pens erotica or adult contemporary fiction either, in which one of her titles earned her the Borders bestselling African American romance award at the Romance Writers of America National Conference. Instead, under the name E.N. Joy, she pens Christian fiction, and under the name N. Joy she pens children’s and young adult titles. Joy’s children’s story, The Secret Olivia Told Me, received the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor. Book club rights have also been purchased by Scholastic Books and the book is on tour at Scholastic Book Fairs in schools across the country. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops Joy performs in schools nationwide.
Currently, Joy is the executive editor for Urban Christian, in which the titles are distributed by Kensington Publishing Corporation out of New York. When she’s not adding her two cents to other authors’ works, she’s diligently working on her own. Joy’s latest project, the “New Day Divas” series, is taking the literary world by storm. Book one of the series, She Who Finds A Husband and Book two, Been There Prayed That, are currently dominating book stores and libraries. Forthcoming titles of the series include Love, Honor or Stray (Dec 2010), Trying to Stay Saved (May 2011) and I Can Do Better All By Myself (Nov 2011). Joy is certain this project is the one that is going to afford her with the title of New York Times Bestselling Author. Until then, she doesn’t mind the title of BLESSEDselling author.

Smashwords Interview

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have been writing since the days of elementary school journals and rainy day writings. I started out just writing poems, then graduate to short stories. My first self-published book, Please Tell Me If the Grass Is Greener, was a mixture of poetry and short stories. Well, actually it’s poetic short stories; short stories told in a rhythmic flow. Kind of like a Dr. Seuss book for Grown-ups-LOL. I love La La Land. Growing up, my escape from reality was the La La Land I invented with pen and paper. So, I guess that is truly what drove me to pick up the pen for the first time and begin to take a genuine interest in writing. It was an escape. Some people use drugs, some people use alcohol, some people use sex to escape while other people might use guns. I used a pen and the wonderful English vocabulary. I'd always been a reader, as that was another escape of mine. Ramona the Pest, Nancy Drew and those Little House on the Prairie books were my favorites. But then one day I got my hands on one of my auntie's grown up books, which was Little Girl Lost by Donald Goines. It was the first book I'd ever read with main characters that looked like me. With characters that walked, talked and thought like me. I just remember sneaking the book out at night time and reading it while laying in bed. I was so deeply enthralled that I felt like I became that little girl who was lost. I just remember closing that book upon the final chapter and saying to myself, "One day I'm going to write a book that does that to people." I think I've accomplished that.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of your family.
Hands down-THE READERS. What I need people to understand is yes, as an author, a part of me wants to write stories that I myself want to read. But the moment an author begins to make it all about themselves and not the reader is when the author needs to rethink their purpose for doing what they do. Ultimately, when a product is created, it is created to please and satisfy the consumer. Well, if you are a writer, your product is your collection of written words and the reader is your consumer. Readers are my literary heartbeat. When they send me their testimonies and words of encouragement, it keeps my creative blood flowing to the brain. My readers inspire me to challenge myself. Not all readers reach out to me with praises; some with constructive criticism and then there are those who maybe could have been just a tad more diplomatic in their lashing. When ever I felt as though a certain book might not have reached anyone or that my reach as an author all together just never seemed to stretch far enough, one of my readers would reach out to me and confirm that my writing is not in vain. I don't write for myself and I'm absolutely not one of those authors who you will hear say, "If I could just sell one book and reach one person, then I'm happy; I've done my job." No ma'am and no sir. I do not put all that I put into my work-sacrifice all that I do-just to sell one book or reach one person. Did Jesus set out to reach just one person? Did Jesus go through all that He did and die on that cross just to save one person? I think you get my point...
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Keeping Up With the Divas
This series is a soap opera in print. And just like a real televised soap opera, it's filled with drama, romance, chances, coincidences and fate. But more importantly, it's filled with characters that will make you feel young and restless, bold and beautiful; all as the world turns upside down. These divas will be your guiding light to a literary feast. Don't miss out on this series of a lifetime, because remember, you've only got one life to live! Start living it with the New Day Divas!

Ordained by the Streets
Ordained By The Streets introduces you to Poppa, or rather, Poppa introduces you to himself. A self-proclaimed street preacher, Poppa’s credentials and credibility don’t come from the church house or a preacher man; it comes straight from where it counts…the streets. Poppa never becomes jaded by street life. In this urban tract, Poppa encounters a girl whose mind he sets out to manipulate. After all, that’s what he does. But in this girl, Poppa just might have met his match.

Books

Behind Every Good Woman
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,670. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Behind Every Good Woman puts you in the passenger seat of the bumpy ride through Teal and Tyrone's loving yet sometimes volatile relationship. One minute every woman envies Teal and only dreams of having an attentive man like Tyrone to cater to her every need.
Sabella and the Castle Belonging to the Troll
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Be enchanted by this Fairy tale for children of all ages. Journey with Sabella deep into the forest as she seeks out the only person that she believes holds the key to her and her mother’s happiness. Enjoy this adventurous story as the hidden little life lesson unfolds.
Operation Get Rid of Mom's New Boyfriend
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,960. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Kennedy, Daryn and Joy are sisters who live in the midwest. These girls have never gotten along with each other and have never agreed upon anything; not even the day of the week. But when Bo Hart, their mom’s new boyfriend, comes into the picture after years of it being just the sisters and their mother, each of the girls can finally agree upon one thing: to get rid of Mom's New Boyfriend!
Flower In My Hair
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,420. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy gifts her readers with her most personal and private thoughts. In the past, she’s used her gift of written word to create and develop a multitude of characters and situations. She’s allowed readers into the lives of various colorful individuals, all of which, if pieced together, would ultimately make up her life.
Even Sinners Still Have Souls
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Series: Sinners, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,500. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Drama » Anthologies
Even Sinners Still Have Souls hits readers hard in the gut with its twisted, edge of the seat storylines and plots. The characters draw the readers into their, often times, strange and distorted worlds. With conflict and tension so high, the reader is almost forced to mentally endure the same daily struggles as some of the characters.
Ordained by the Streets
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,210. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Ordained By The Streets introduces you to Poppa, a self-proclaimed street preacher. Poppa’s credentials don’t come from the church house or a preacher man; it comes straight from where it counts…the streets. In this urban tract, Poppa encounters a girl whose mind he sets out to manipulate. But in this girl, Poppa just might have met his match.
Even Sinners Have Souls TOO
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Series: Sinners, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,260. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2010. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Darrell King, Victor L. Martin and Essence Bestselling authors, Tysha and Michel Moore, bring you four smashing tales, while National Bestselling author, K’Wan, brings the powerful introduction. Edited by award winning author E. N. Joy, some of the literary industry’s much respected authors pick up their pens to ink moving gritty tales.
Even Sinners Have Souls
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Series: Sinners, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,740. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Drama » Anthologies
Each gritty story lures readers in by the poignant storyline. The characters face the same struggles any other person growing up in the hood might endure. What makes these stories unique is although the characters might be living a dangerous and unacceptable lifestyle, they are not so far gone that they can't acknowledge the power of a life changing moment that could alter their lives forever.

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