Joy E. Held
Joy Held remembers writing her first play around age ten in which a romance plot figured prominently. It was a western about a young woman whose father had been killed by bandits, and the local town banker offered to marry her to “save the ranch.” What the heroine didn’t know was that the banker had paid the bandits to kill her father so the bank could foreclose on the very prosperous ranch. Today, her heroines make their own choices with a handsome, strong, yet flawed hero at alongside who conquers his own demons while learning that love helps conquer many problems all while being set against the backdrop of an exciting time in American history.
Joy taught college English composition for 15 years before deciding to go full-time into writing historical romance. Her first historical Message to Love was published by The Wild Rose Press in 2010. In 2019, she completed a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University which was one of the best professional decisions she ever made. She is currently working on a trilogy of historical romance novels set in the Northwest Territory of the late 1700s before Ohio became a state.
Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Northeast Ohio RWA, Hearts Through History RWA, Author's Guild, and still teaches English part-time online. She is a frequent guest speaker for writers groups and loves yoga, meditation, and herb gardening.
Joy’s motto: Women with clean houses do not have finished books-written or read.