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Joyce investigated cases involving millionaires, movie stars, and mobsters during her 37 years as a private investigator. She’d work in 11 states before retiring to the Palm Springs area and began her writing career. Armed with her PhD in marketing and an interest in writing, she met such notable teachers as Ray Bradbury, Rod Thorp, James Frey, and Charles Schultz. Eventually, she completed the Harbor Pointe Mystery Series, a trilogy fictionalizing several of her own real-life cases.
Joyce has written, co-written, or ghost written more than 30 more books. Her first play, Valley Confidential was nominated in 12 categories for the 2005 Desert Stars awards Power Marketing Your Novel won the IRWIN 2000 award in 2000. Only Make Believe (the life story of MGM sensation, Howard Keel) won the Hollywood Book Festival award in 2007. In 2000, Congresswoman Mary Bono gave her a Woman of Distinction award. In 2003, the Desert Post Weekly named her one of the Top 25 Women in the Coachella Valley to Watch. Along with Emmy-award winner, David Holman, they own Hollywood East Productions. They’ve written several screenplays that are in development. A life-long Dallas Cowboy fan, she helped get former Cowboy #70 Rayfield Wright’s authorized biography Wright Up Front in print.
With his father, she wrote former Cowboy #80 Tony Hill’s book published in fall 2009—From Selma to the Super Bowl. An updated edition of her Award-winning marketing book, Blitz Your Book into a Best Seller 2015 will be published summer 2015. In addition to touring and teaching creative writing around the U.S., Joyce has several feature films and TV shows in development. In Spring 2015, Joyce was hired as Senior Editor and Acquisitions Manager for A Vegas Publisher, LLC. She now resides in Las Vegas, and belongs to Book Publicists of Southern California and SPAWN.