I'm Joyce, and writing is like breathing for me. It's life itself! I fell in love with words at a very early age. I celebrate how words connect us and govern our quality of life. My trademark as an author is depth insights with humor.
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and after a few years in Northern Wisconsin, I moved to Sacramento, CA. I have lived in the "Big Tomato" since 1973. I am also a reunion junkie. I have been reunited with all my lost loves including birth mom and first boyfriend. He has been my husband since 1998, decades from when we first met in Catholic school when we were 12. To me the best writing and living comes from never forgetting we're all kids at heart.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is breathing for me. The word inspire means to breathe in. Somehow at an early age, I found my connection to All That Is through writing--my ability to tap into the One Mind or collective consciousness. I love being a channel of that flow. It's often surprising, exhilarating and humorous. I wake up wondering what the universe will say through me next.
I see myself as a writer-weaver. Experiences are like colorful bits in the kaleidoscope of living. Twist the dial a little and the bits fall in a different way, tell a new story, reveal a new insight. I weave the meaning together by writing about it. There's nothing new under the Sun, only the way we remix and interpret the rays. The joy is the ongoing discovery of the meaning of life.
What do your fans mean to you?
I think of enthusiastic readers of my writing as friends and New Millennium pen-pals. I am still friends with one of my pen-pals I first met when I was 12 years old. All those letters and numerous pals honed my skills, and I had no idea I was rehearsing for the Information Age and an electronic way of connecting with so many wonderful people. Then on my typewriter, now on my keyboard: I'm still tapping out observations about life and how to live it to the fullest.
I love writing so much; I'd write if no one read my work but me ... but I'm so glad to share it with others, and I'm always honored when they choose to read my work and are inspired by what I have to say. Connection is my life's blood, and it's that connection--enjoying and "getting" each other--that means the world to me.
Matters of Life, Death and Laughter is a trio of Joyce Mason's most popular short stories and a sampler of her fiction. "Digital" tells a bizarre and darkly humorous tale about something that turns up where it doesn’t belong. "The Training Tape" asks you to think about what you say repeatedly and its effects. "Zoe's Hair" examines the depth of friendship and how it transcends time.