E. N. Joy

Biography

BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy is the author behind the “New Day Divas,” “Still Divas,” “Always Divas” and “Forever Divas" series, all which have been coined “Soap Operas in Print.” She is an Essence Magazine Bestselling Author who wrote secular books under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY. Her title, If I Ruled the World, earned her a book blurb from Grammy Award Winning Artist, Erykah Badu. An All Night Man, an anthology she penned with New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson, earned the Borders bestselling African American romance award. Her Urban Fiction title, Dollar Bill (Triple Crown Publications), appeared in Newsweek and has been translated to Japanese.

After thirteen years of being a paralegal in the insurance industry, E. N. Joy divorced her career and married her mistress and her passion; writing. In 2000, she formed her own publishing company where she published her books until landing a book deal with St. Martin's Press. 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. She also conducts publishing/writing workshops for aspiring writers.

Her children’s book titled The Secret Olivia Told Me, written under the name N. Joy, received a Coretta Scott King Honor from the American Library Association. The book was also acquired by Scholastic Books and has sold almost 100,000 copies. Elementary and middle school children have fallen in love with reading and creative writing as a result of the readings and workshops E. N. Joy instructs in schools nationwide.

In addition, she is the artistic developer for a young girl group named DJHK Gurls. She pens original songs, drama skits and monologues for the group that deal with messages that affect today’s youth, such as bullying.

After being the first content development editor for Triple Crown Publications and ten years as the acquisitions editor for Carl Weber's Urban Christian imprint, E. N. Joy now does freelance editing, ghostwriting, write-behinds and literary consulting. Her clients have included New York Times Bestselling authors, entertainers, aspiring authors, as well as first-time authors. Some notable literary consulting clients include actor Christian Keyes, singer Olivia Longott and Reality Television star Shereé M. Whitfield.

You can visit BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy at www.enjoywrites.com or email her at enjoywrites@aol.com. If you want to experience a blast from her past, you can visit www.joylynnjossel.com.

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

The Miserable Wives Club
Pre-release—available June 7, 2016. Price: $1.50 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
The Miserable Wives Club: where members don't want anyone to know they belong...especially their husbands!
Behind Every Good Woman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,670. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,410. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Categories: 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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,960. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,470. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2011. Categories: 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
Series: Sinners, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,500. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » 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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,160. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » 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
Series: Sinners, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,260. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2010. Categories: 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
Series: Sinners, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,740. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » 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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