About Joy

Thanks for stopping by! I’m Joy Givens, an educating, caffeinating writer of stories and the lucky mother of two small superheroes. I live with my husband, our sons, and our impossibly lovable dog in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By day, I coordinate an after-school program for immigrant children, volunteer with my church and several writing and advocacy organizations, dream up new recipes for my hungry loved ones, and occasionally conquer Laundry Mountain. By night, I write “fresh, fierce, fantastic” fairy tales and other fiction for children and young adults… and occasionally stay up too late. By morning, I’m usually quite tired but excited to do it all again.

My previously published works include the novel Ugly Stick, the short story collection April’s Roots, the nonfiction guide The New SAT Handbook (co-authored with Andrew Cole), and several pieces of award-winning short fiction, most recently published in WOW! Women on Writing, the anthologies Beach Life and Beach Fun (Cat & Mouse Press, 2017; 2018), the anthology Five Minutes at Hotel Stormcove (Atthis Arts, 2019), and the anthology Community of Magic Pens (Atthis Arts, 2020).

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