Joylynn, describe yourself for our visitors.
I’m BLESSEDselling Author E. N. Joy, the writer behind the five book “New Day Divas” series, which has been coined the Soap Opera In Print. I formerly wrote secular works under the names Joylynn M. Jossel and JOY. I currently write children’s books as well under the name N. Joy. Besides being the acquisition editor for Urban Christian, an imprint of Urban Books, LLC, I am a lover of the written word. I’m a lover of writing period. In addition to writing books, I also write songs and am proud to be DJHK Gurls exclusive song writer.
I’m a wife and a mother of four. My youngest is only two and a half, my oldest, 23. I must say that I appreciate motherhood and respect it much more in these later years. I got pregnant with my oldest son at the age of 15 and had no clue on how to appreciate and respect the role of motherhood. I can probably count on one hand how many parent/teacher conferences I went to back in those days, or how many times I volunteered in the classroom or went to PTA meetings. Now, I refuse to just turn my child over to a system for 6-7 hours a day and hope for the best.
When I’m working on a book, I’m nurturing it and molding it from the beginning to end. As much as I love writing, I refuse to invest more time into the future of my book than my own children. I hope I’m not getting off course here, but the question asked me to describe myself. I’m assuming most readers will want to know who I am as an author, but E. N. Joy is soooooo much more than just an author.
How do you find time to connect with God?
In order to find something, you have to go looking for it in the first place. I don’t go looking for the time to connect with God; it’s just there. Every morning I wake and say, “Good morning God. Good morning Holy Ghost. Here I am, God. Do with me as you please.” It’s an instant connection right then and there because I release myself to Him. When I try to do anything on my own, in which I must admit I still do sometimes, I make a complete mess of it. I bring confusion and anxiety upon myself. So I try really hard at the start of the day to just turn it over to Him and follow His lead. When I don’t, I sometimes end up with regret. But because God loves me so much, and we are connected. He still manages to turn things around for me.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
My most favorite author, and anybody who knows me knows this, is Brenda Jackson. My favorite singer was AAliyah. AAliyah didn’t have to be the biggest person in the room; as a matter of fact, she couldn’t have cared less if anyone even knew she was there. But she was dedicated to her craft. She connected with her fans like very few artists can. She spent a long enough time in one craft before jumping right into another. Her goal wasn’t to be the jack of all trades and the master of none. But whatever she did do-she perfected it. She wasn’t all over the place having nervous breakdowns because she had too many fires burning. Time management was key. Brenda Jackson is my AAliyah of the literary industry.
As far as favorite books; There’s still something about Bebe Moore Campbell’s What You Owe Me that just stays in my spirit. I love historical fiction. Colored Summer is another I enjoyed. I would have become a big fan of that author had she consistently written that type of work. And by no means is that taking a shot at that author. If anything, it is a compliment that that particular work of hers could even be compared to the great Mrs. Campbell. For the record, I have lots of favorites; being biased, that would include almost every author and title on the Urban Christian line. Then there’s ReShonda Tate Billingsley-now you know when she’s in the room, so she’s my Beyonce of the literary industry. As a matter of fact, I think I even told her that on Facebook once.
Tell us about your current book?
My latest release is Trying to Stay Saved, which is book 4 of the “New Day Divas” series. Prior books in the series include She Who Finds A Husband, Been There Prayed That and Love Honor or Stray. This series has been coined as the soap opera in print for a good reason. It’s full of engaging storylines, memorable characters, chance, coincidence, drama, mystery, murder, but most importantly, it’s full of faith…and sometimes forgiveness. I deal with issues that have been dealt with before, but I take it to another level. Abortion is a subject matter, but this abortion deals with the mother sitting in the clinic about to terminate a baby that she can feel moving in her belly. I deal with sibling rape, obesity, anxiety, a girl in a bathroom stall actually delivering her baby and cutting the umbilical cord with supplies from her book bag. If I had to sum up this body of work in three words, it would be healing, deliverance and forgiveness.
What’s next for you?
I am so humbled to say that the “New Day Divas” series is doing so well, that my publisher has signed me on to continue the series with “Still Divas,” which is a three book series that will release 2012. The titles included in that series are And You Call Yourself A Christian, The Perfect Christian and The Sunday Only Christian. In addition, I will continue to write songs for DJHK, which samples can be heard on DJHK Gurl Youtube Channel.
Where can visitors find you online?
E. N. Joy can be found on Facebook under Joylynn Jossel and Author EN Joy as well as Foursquare and Linked In. I also encourage people to check out my Author Page on Amazon.com’s Author Central Page. And of course there are my websites, www.enjoywrites.com and www.joylynnjossel.com.