About Joy

Thanks for stopping by! I’m Joy Givens, writer of stories, slayer of lattes, and mother of dragons… Ahem. Children.

I reside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with my fantastic husband, our pint-sized superhero sons, and an impossibly lovable dog. I am currently working on young adult fairy tale adaptations that explore classic tales through lenses of empowered female heroism. My previously published works include the young adult 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 and the anthologies Beach Life and Beach Fun (Cat & Mouse Press, 2017, 2018).

I’m also the owner and lead tutor of Givens Academic and Preparatory Tutoring, a company serving the greater Pittsburgh area. When not writing or tutoring, I 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.