With Robert as the author and Joyce as editor/publisher, so began this married couple's sojourn into the fascinating world of writing. Joyce Sandilands and J. Robert Whittle soon became household names with their fans as they successfully Indie published their first novel in Dec. 1998. By 2009, they had written and published a total of 10 novels, 3 of them with Joyce as Robert's co-author. Joyce also wrote two children's chapter books in the Moonbeam Series, with self-narrated audio books. Robert has 3 bestselling novels and together they won two IPPY (Independent Publisher) Gold Medals for Loyalty's Haven (2007) and Whispers Across Time (2008). Many of their multi-generational fans claim these books are the best they have ever read. Their most recent novel, Silent Destiny was set in modern Scotland and published in 2014.
Writing and producing one book/year plus two additional audio products over the first 12 years to appease fans, the duo soon discovered the best way to sell their books was exactly as they were doing it ... at local tourist and craft markets and Christmas fairs where they could meet and talk to potential fans.
Whittle, often complimented for his pleasant accent, in 2003 narrated the audio book of his first Canadian bestselling novel, "Lizzie: Lethal Innocence." Then in 2005, he narrated the autobiographical CD, "Laughing Through Life." He had received countless requests for his own story from fans who had often heard him tell vignettes at his market table. These CDs are now available as downloads on their website.
Robert's many worldwide fans claim his style as unique by modern standards, often saying they feel as if they are living the events themselves. His family friendly novels are also claimed by countless of his fans to be the “best page-turning books they have ever read.”
Robert turned 84 in 2017, at last giving up his market stall. He and Joyce are still writing.
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