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Joy York

Joy York
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    Thriller Mystery Romantic Suspense Teen & Young Adult
  • Country: United States
  • Books: 2
  • Profession: Author
  • Born: 1 December
  • Member Since: Dec 2021
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BIOGRAPHY

I grew up in Alabama but spent much of my adult life in the Midwest, currently living in Indiana with my husband and our two golden doodles. My inspiration for storytelling came from listening to my Mama Leavie tell fascinating stories to me and my cousins in the evenings while sitting on her porch in rural Alabama. She sat in a swing telling tales to her wide-eyed audience of grandchildren gathered at her feet, all of which hung on every word.
Although my career has mostly been in retail management, I began writing about fifteen years ago. In 2013, I began writing fulltime. I published my first book, The Bloody Shoe Affair: The daring and thrilling adventures with the jailer’s daughter, a young adult mystery/coming of age novel in 2015. The Genuine Deceit: A Suspense Novel was released May 2021 on Amazon.

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Genuine Deceit: A Suspense Novel
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Genuine Deceit: A Suspense Novelby Joy YorkPublish: May 06, 2021Suspense
The Bloody Shoe Affair: A daring and thrilling adventure with the jailer's daughter
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Joy York Interview On 06, May 2022

"Joy York was a reluctant reader as a child. Her first book was a middle-grade novel she wrote for her son called The Lucky Boy. Her main genre is mystery/suspense with a little romance throw-in. She has worked for eighteen years with Target during her retail management career. She began writing full-time in 2013. She currently lives in Indiana with her husband and our two golden doodles."
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I had some fanciful notions when I was a child. I wanted to be a figure skater. I didn’t matter that I had never skated a day in my life. The women on the ice looked so graceful and elegant. When my mother began buying albums with all the Broadway showtunes, my focus quickly shifted to becoming a Broadway singer. Alias, neither ambition were to be. Who was the first person you shared your first ever story with?

Having learned oral story telling from my Mama Leavie (my grandmother) on the front porch of her rural Alabama home, those were the kinds of stories I told my son when he was three years old. His favorite spot for “story telling” was the center landing on the stairs. He would sit on a step while I made up tales about elves, ogres, kings, and sorcerers, always making the hero a boy with his name. As he got older, we began to make-up stories together and writing them down.

How many books did you read before writing your first published novel?

I was a reluctant reader as a child. My real passion for reading began in college. I started with the classics and began to branch out to contemporary fiction. I had probably read over 100 books by the time I published my first book.

What developed your interest in the romance genre?

My main genre is mystery/suspense with a little romance throw in to keep it interesting. I initially developed an interest in mystery by reading all the Agatha Christie novels. Then I moved on the more contemporary authors like Sue Grafton, Clive Cussler, John Sandford, John Grisham, James Patterson, James Lee Burke, etc. I found adding a little romance made the characters more relatable, but romance have never been the main focus.

Do you remember the first book you ever wrote?

My first book was a middle grade novel I wrote for my son called The Lucky Boy. It was about three close friends from a middle-class neighborhood who learn valuable lessons about appreciation, generosity, and sacrifice. It is a beautiful story. When I pulled it back out years later with the idea of cleaning it up and publishing it, I was amazed at the amount of work that would be involved. It went to the bottom of my priority list.

What challenges did you face while writing your novel, The Bloody Shoe Affair: A daring and thrilling adventure with the jailer's daughter?

I have always heard that you should write what you know, so The Bloody Shoe Affair was exactly that. This young adult novel was inspired by my cousin, the real jailer’s daughter, and my visits to see her family in rural Alabama. She was the fearless, prankster and I was the shy, fearful opposite. My uncle was the county deputy and jailer, and they did live in a big brownstone house that was connected to the county jail. I spent many a visit sneaking into the jail with my cousin to talk to the prisoners, and at times played jailer and prisoner in the empty cells. She was always the jailer, and I was always the prisoner, despite my objections. The characters and story in The Bloody Shoe Affair are fictitious.

One of the first things I learned was just because you have a great story doesn’t mean you know how to write it in a concise and entertaining way. In other words, I had a lot to learn. I joined professional writing organization, went to writing conferences, joined critique groups for feedback, read books on writing, and read young adult books. It was years in the making, but it is written with heart and I’m very proud of it.

What is the most crucial component when writing a work of fiction?

Aside from the technical mechanics, it must engage the reader, have well-development characters, be well-paced, and provide the reader with an entertaining story.

What is the significance of the title of your book, Genuine Deceit?

When Reagan’s grandmother who raised her is killed, Reagan uncovers valuable things in her Nana’s modest home that are shocking and foreign to the lifestyle and income of her family. She quickly learns that her life is in danger too. She can’t help wondering if what she found is connected to her Nana’s murder. In her mind, the only alternative is to find out the truth. The more secrets she uncovers, the more deception she finds. By the end of the book, the reader will have discovered just how genuine the deceit is.

What are some of the books that are really worth reading that you can recommend?

Non-fiction
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
How Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Recent Fiction
Ocean Prey by John Sandford
When We Were Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal
The Guest List: A Novel by Lucy Foley
Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman
Death in the Sunshine by Steph Broadribb

How would you describe your career in retail management?

I have worked for some very good companies during my retail management career, my favorite being eighteen years with Target. As a store manager in several different states, I also filled additional roles in training, recruitment, executive hiring, mentoring, and as the community volunteer and grant coordinator for our district. In 35 years of retail experience in seven different geological locations, I have managed hundreds of employees and assisted thousands of customers. My experiences have given me valuable insights that have hopefully made me a more authentic and creative writer.

Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

Not all writing is about emotions. Nonfictions, for example, can be simply fact. It doesn’t matter what the genre is if it connects to the reader’s interest. A well written story speaks for itself.

Do you usually buy paperback books or hardbacks? Why?

I read a lot on my iPhone because it’s handy. I can sit in a waiting room and be entertained. I can also use it for audio books when I travel. In print, I prefer paperbacks. Lighter and easier to carry. Hardbacks are more collectibles for my library.

Who is the most workaholic person you have met in your life?

It would be hard to limit it to one. My husband and I were both workaholics most of our careers. Many of the people we worked with were too. When you are passionate about your job, no matter what it is, it becomes hard to find life balance. Family can become the incentive to make that balance work.

Which is the next book you are working on? Is it a series or a stand-alone book?

I am currently working on another suspense/thriller/mystery, Protective Instincts. It is a stand-alone. I am in the editing stage. I am also editing a sequel to The Bloody Shoe Affair called The Revenge of the Jailer’s Daughter.

Lastly, what are your thoughts and opinions on AllAuthor and its services?

I am so thrilled to have discovered and joined AllAuthor Pro. The variety of services are amazing. I love the magic tool that allows you to make your books in 3-D in all different arrangements. The banner templets are great. I’m still learning how to create more elaborate styles. The weekly Tweets to promote my books, and there are still so many services for me to explore.

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      • Joy York Joy York 1 year ago
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      • Hi Mathew,

        It is nice for you to reach out. Self-publishing is a scary thing, and honestly, I am still learning.
        My first book, The Bloody Shoe Affair, was a process of trial and errors. At the time I actually paid a marketing company. They sent my book to several reviewers who did very positive reviews, but it didn't net in books sells. They got me radio and blog interviews. Frankly, it was a waste of money. The most effective marketing has been Facebook, Twitter and joining a literary club that has a catalogue and a community of fellow writers who help support and market your book. The club is Rave Reviews Book Club.
        Writing is my second career, so I use my LinkedIn account too. The one thing the marketing company did was set up my Twitter account and encourage me to set up a website. I am currently setting up a blog. Although I had a personal FB account, I set up a public one. The most effective tool for marketing I have learned is Facebook boost. Or you can do a FB ad. They are relatively inexpensive, and you can target your audience by gender, location (general by country or specific by state or city), interest, etc. It will go to thousands of people. You can set your length of time. budget, and pause or delete it at any time if you don't feel it is effective. You can pull up results instantly.

        I have found the writing community to be very supportive. I would encourage you to join a literary club.

        If I can be of further assistance, let me know.

        Have a wonderful day!

        Joy
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        • Stephen P Jeffries Stephen P Jeffries 1 year ago
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        • Hi Joy, thank you so much for your thoughtful and comprehensive reply. You endorsed what I have been told about hiring third party sales and marketing companies. I like what you said about FB boost and ads and will certainly investigate and pursue those two options. You the option of an established LinkedIn account but maybe that absence from my arsenal is not so crucial. I shall also look into the Rave Reviews Book Club. Oh, by the way, Mathew is the main protagonist of my book, I'm Stephen. Kind regards
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          • Joy York Joy York 1 year ago
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          • Hi Stephen,

            Oops! Sorry to call you by your character's name!

            Best of luck in marketing your book.

            Just an fyi. Since Genuine Deceit is exclusively on Amazon and is on Kindle Unlimited, I call pull the reports up on KDP and see the sales in real time. I ran a FB boost last Friday. I pull up the reports frequently to see if it is effective. If so, I can extend it if I want or delete it. I can also change the target audience and try again. I ran it for a day and a half. It reached 3188 people and had 285 clicks (8.9%) clicks. I have read that 4% is a normal number of clicks, so over time I have been able to narrow my target audience to who is actually buying. I sold 11 ebook or printed books and 18 books on KU. I have found the KU sales often continue for up to 2 weeks after the boost has ended. Every book is different and has different appeals to different audiences, but I wanted to give you an idea of what it actually meant to me. I have been so in the dark through this process that if I can give any information to any independent author, I am more than happy to do so.

            Let me know if you are on FB and I will like your page. Also on Twitter. I would be happy to RT your tweets. FB Joy York Author and Twitter @joyyorkauthor
            Have a great week!
            Joy
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            • Stephen P Jeffries Stephen P Jeffries 1 year ago
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            • Hi Joy, sorry that my reply took a month but I had a little made of two operations to remove stage one cancer in my left lung and colon. Amazingly lucky that It was detected very, very early and 100% clear. On the long road to recovery now. I am still trying to get my head round this social media marketing idea. I do have a FB page under the book's title, Matthew and the Front Room Railway. It was set up by a guy I was introduced to who then promptly disappeared and it is rubbish!! I am also on Twitter but as with FB make no progress. Stephen P. Jeffries @ night_romancer (don't ask!) BTW do you really read all the books whose authors you recommend?
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              • Joy York Joy York 1 year ago
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              • Hi Stephen,

                I am so sorry to hear about your cancer surgery. I'm sure it has been a scary time. It is good news to hear you are 100% clear. I will keep you in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

                Social media can be a pain, but a necessary evil in marketing. I went in and liked you FB page. I have two different accounts. One personal and one public, Joy York Author. I checked your Twitter account, but it says it is private, so that isn't really a good marketing place if people can't follow you.

                The writing community on Twitter is very supportive. No, I do not read all the authors I retweet without comment. All I'm doing is giving them exposure to my Twitter followers. A lot of people retweet my posts and I return the favor. I filter this to make sure it is not questionable material. There are lots of people I don't follow back. I have never bought followers. It's up to the individual to decide if they want to read their work.
                I read a lot. I have read many of the authors I give specific recommendations for. If I specifically recommend someone I have not read, I have researched their reviews and work or know another author who I respect that has read and reviewed their work. If I add a 5-star review to the recommendation, I have actually read and reviewed it. Sometimes authors want to trade reviews, hoping to get a 5 star review automatically. I don't do that. I have read novels upon request, but I am very honest in my review. If I can't give them at least a 3 star, I won't review it at all.
                Most authors retweet other authors work because they want to help support other indie authors. I have made friends all over the world. I recently read and gave feedback on a final draft to an author from Mumbai. Its a welcoming community.
                I hope you are feeling better soon. Take care and God bless.

                Joy
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                • Stephen P Jeffries Stephen P Jeffries 1 year ago
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                • Hi Joy, thank you so much for taking the time and trouble in replying and for your good wishes. It just shows how useless I am with the likes of Twitter that I did not know/realize my account was private!!! I shall deal with that poste haste. You really have a wealth of experience in the field of social media marking and I will actively study your comprehensive replies and learn what I can.
                  In the meantime I can report a definite uptick in my recovery.
                  One last question, if you don't mind, I started another novel and enjoyed a frenetic pace of creating plot lines, writing copious notes and and drafting the first chapters but then suddenly stopped. I can say, with some certainty, that it is not writers block because I can invisage the way the story unfolds. The question is, why the resistance to restarting the process and is this a familiar scenario?
                  Regards,
                  Stephen
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                  • Joy York Joy York 1 year ago
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                  • Hi Stephen,

                    So glad you are feeling better.

                    I think what you are going through is common to all authors. It is to me for sure. I love the creative part, but sometimes it becomes daunting when I look at what is ahead of me in the process. The first step to getting over it is to make yourself sit down and type whatever comes in my head. I don't have an outline process. I have a character or characters in mind and an idea of where I want to go. I add other characters as my story begins to flow. Just try to write a few words. If it doesn't work, read something you enjoy or do something you enjoy and try again the next day. Don't give up. I am a terrible procrastinator sometimes. Once I get going and my muse takes over, I begin to create.

                    Just remember. It doesn't have to be right the first time. You will probably go back and make changes multiple times. You can't be intimidated that you'll get it wrong. You are the creator of your story. You can change anything you want at any time. It's your world.

                    I have gone months not touching a story I wanted to work on. Fear is usually my blocker. I don't want do get it wrong. As long as you enjoy doing it, that's all that matters. I don't write to get rich. I decided if I enjoy writing and can add entertainment to one person, then I'm okay with that.

                    I hope I helped in some way. Feel free to reach out anytime.

                    Take care,

                    Joy
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                    • Stephen P Jeffries Stephen P Jeffries 1 year ago
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                    • Hi Joy, I seriously appreciate your thought provoking reply. I can relate to so much of what you say. Although financial gain was and is never my motivation, it nevertheless signifies you are reaching people. However, as I recently tweeted, with over two million books published annually worldwide and more than a quarter of a million of those in the US, it is no wonder us novices struggle to be heard!!
                      Onwards and upwards.
                      Regards, Stephen
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