Joyce Armor


I knew from the age of 8 I wanted to be a writer. I was 15 when I wrote a scintillating short story targeted to the confession magazines, my first attempt at getting published. Alas, “Drunkenness Cost Me My Womanhood” was rejected. In the next decade, I fed my need to write by penning long letters (a dying art), Christmas card notes, English essays and term papers.
Armed with a degree in English, I was tending bar in a Las Vegas casino (long story) when I had an epiphany: I would do everything in my power to become a TV writer. Two weeks later I was living in L.A., and a few months after that, I landed a job as a production assistant at MTM, where I learned from the inside how to write and rewrite scripts. In partnership with another P.A., Judie Neer, I started writing spec scripts. Finally one was accepted by “The Tony Randall Show.” Over the next several years we were freelance TV writers, with credits including “The Love Boat,” “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “Remington Steele.” Then we both got married and started birthing babies. My little family left the L.A. smog for a small town in northern California.
Over the next two decades, I wrote a parenting column that won a national award, several books (Letters from a Pregnant Coward, The Dictionary According to Mommy, What You Don’t Know About Having Babies), children’s poetry (in Kids Pick the Funniest Poems and other anthologies) and plays produced in community theaters.
I also got divorced and moved my two sons across the country to Myrtle Beach, SC. There I wrote hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles and columns and co-owned a regional business/lifestyle magazine.
Several years ago I moved back to Ohio from whence I began, where I enjoying hanging out with family and old friends, including the same group I ate lunch with in the cafeteria in 7th grade. Since returning to my roots, I’ve read more than 1,000 romance novels and novellas. Many I loved, some I felt “enh” after reading and others I wanted to reach into the book and hit at least one of the protagonists with a brick.
That’s when I decided to write my own romance novels and novellas, the kind I wanted to read, with smart, funny protagonists; and interesting (to me, anyway), not overly complicated plots with conflicts not so contrived they make me want to gnash my teeth. You might disagree, and all I have to say about that is different strokes for different folks. My youngest son once told me he absolutely hated English classes because with math, 2+2 is always going to be 4, but judging writing is so subjective. In my younger years I might have turned myself into a pretzel trying to fit my writing into some publisher’s niche. Not happening anymore. Now I’m writing for me, in my own unique voice.
I’ve always been a much better writer than a salesperson, hence the e-publishing route. And I’m basking in the control. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I knew by the time I was 8 or 9 that I wanted to be a writer. When I was in 8th grade, I wrote a letter to a friend's parents listing all the reasons they should let her shave her legs (the hair might grow so long she could trip over it and injure herself, etc.). In high school, my first foray into professional writing was a scintillating story targeted at the "true confessions" magazine market. Alas, "Drunkenness Cost Me My Womanhood" failed to find a buyer. Can you imagine? My first sale was actual in television. My partner Judie Neer and I were hired to write a script for "The Tony Randall Show."
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's part of a five-part series about mail-order cousins and their adventures.
Read more of this interview.


Mail-Order Cousins 5: Anya
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,140. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
As she travels across the country as a mail-order bride, Anya O’Hara is having second thoughts. At a stop in Boise, Idaho, she finds a dead woman and flees with Bethie, the woman’s four-year-old daughter, with the murderer hot on their trail. Can handsome Deputy Trent Briscoe save Anya in more ways than one?
Mail-Order Counsins 4: Bridget
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,570. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Family healer Bridget O’Hara is all set to become the mail-order bride of Karl Burgen when he suddenly calls off the wedding. She travels to his Oregon ranch anyway, where she finds her former fiancé has been seriously injured and is angry and depressed. Will Karl forgive her as she must hurt him to help him, or is the relationship doomed?
Mail-Order Cousins 3: Lindy
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,380. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Irish farmer’s daughter Lindy O’Hara leaves Eastern Pennsylvania as a mail-order bride of a Texas lawman and rancher. Learning after they’re wed that he’s involved with a gang that’s planning to rob a bank, she struggles with her conscience as she falls in love with him. Is he a lawman working undercover or a bank robber cleverly disguised as a Texas Ranger?
Mail-Order Cousins 2: Per
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,360. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Wealthy easterner Priscilla “Per” Vanderhaven chafes at the restrictions her station places on her. Can she find contentment as a humble mail-order bride, helping former trapper and scout Gus Burgen build a ranch in the wilderness of Oregon, even though she hasn’t confessed her background to her new heiress-hating husband?
Mail -Order Cousins 1: Sophie
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,200. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Mail-order bride Sophie Wheelright accepts the proposal of a merchant in Nebraska to escape her abusive guardians. As her stagecoach approaches her destination, she learns her intended runs a brothel. Can the handsome Scottish rancher who spirits her off the coach before it reaches Stonehaven be her savior?
Wyoming Engagement
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,330. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Left for dead, 19th-century New York heiress Jenna Dunne, an amnesiac, is rescued by Wyoming rancher Bodie Farnham, who claims she is his fiancée to thwart his pushy mother from matching him with a “ruffly” debutante. Will Jenna’s evil brother finish the job of killing her before the fake engagement is discovered?
Lionhearted Libby
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,360. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
Dime novel fan and St. Louis heiress Libby Parminter will receive her huge dowry when she turns 21 in three weeks or marries, if she can evade her deadly stepfather and nefarious almost-fiancé that long. In desperation, she heads west. Can her real father in Montana and his handsome but arrogant young foreman Garrett Winslow save her from the impending danger?
I Remember You
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,880. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A Las Vegas underground comic convention is the scene of a love quadrangle between unlucky- in-love girl-next-door Ellie, smart-ass entertainer Russell, Mr. Perfect Creases-in-his-Pants Brian, and hot little sexpot Tiffy. Complicating matters are the theft of the premier issue of Muskman, a counterculture superhero who helped people fall in love, and a dangerous encounter with the thief.
Four One-Act Comedies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,880. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2018. Categories: Plays » American / African American
These four humorous one-act plays, all of which have been produced in community theaters, cover conflicts between college roommates; a mother and son as the son moves into his first apartment; a lumberjack and a feisty elderly tree hugger; and three childhood friends and their biological clocks as they commit a crime.
Parenting Made Easy & Other Fake News
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,040. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Absentee parents
This humorous collection of award-winning columns and other funny material tackles the key issues of raising children, such as: Q: What is a good length of time for time-outs? A: All time-outs should be over by the time school starts in the fall. Topics include pregnancy, school, vacations and even the teenage and college years.

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