Why the pen name "Joice"? My mother died when I was 11 years old. I don't remember much about her. But one thing I do remember her telling me was that she wasn't given a middle name and she always felt she missed out. She told herself from the time she was little that all her children would have middle names. I was her first born child, and to her word, I have a middle name. She used her first name as my middle name, but she wanted it to be different, to be special. Her name was Joyce, so she changed the "y" to an "i" to get what she wanted. I use "Joice" because this is something my mother left me. Something that makes me different, even special.