Joyce L. Thomas, also known by her pen name J.L. Sapphire, is a self-published author and the founder of Lady Virgo Publications. She was born and raised in Arkansas, and she still lives there with her husband and two children. As a child, her dreams for the future included being the next Whitney Houston, a ballerina, an interior designer, a teacher, an author, and a police officer. When she wasn't singing in her room, she had her nose in a book- particularly anything with the words Sweet Valley Twins on it. After she graduated highschool in 1996, she enrolled in University of Arkansas Community College @ Hope, majoring in Elementary Education, hoping to one day become an English teacher, as English was always her favorite subject in school. Somewhere along the way, she changed her major to Criminal Justice, but those plans were brought to a halt when she became a mom. In 2007, with not many classes left, she finally re-enrolled in college and earned an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice.
As a single mother for many years, her love of writing took a backseat to parenthood, but she continued writing short stories, hoping one day she would be able to publish them. After getting encouragement from a friend, and after spending many long hours on Goggle, learning about self-publishing, she finally released her first novella, My Secret Life: Confessions of a Housewife, in May 2014 to rave reviews, where it reached #2 in the the Amazon Best Sellers category of African American Erotica and #3 in the Contemporary Urban Fiction category. Her novel, Two Can Play That Game, was published on June 27, 2014 and spent 3 consecutive days at #1 in the Amazon Best Sellers category for Contemporary Urban Fiction. Her other titles include Masquerade: Nina's Revenge, Passionate Christmas Kisses, What My Wife Didn't Know, an e-short story, and All Bets Are Off.
Writing is Joyce's version of Calgon, by locking herself in her room, she can get away from everything & everybody (at least for a little while) and lose herself in the lives of the characters she creates.
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