About Joy

Thanks for stopping by! I’m Joy Givens, the author of the novel Ugly Stick and its companion collection April’s Roots, and the co-author of The New SAT Handbook (written with Andrew Cole). I mostly write young adult fiction, leaning towards the fantastical and fabulous, but I’ve also branched into picture books.

I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with my fantastic husband, our two remarkable sons, and an impossibly lovable dog. I’m the owner and lead tutor of Givens Academic and Preparatory Tutoring, a company serving the greater Pittsburgh area. I also enjoy singing and listening to most genres of music, cooking for family and friends, volunteering in my church and neighborhood, and curling up with a good book and good coffee.