Writes books to learn from and enjoy...


As an author, I'm a late bloomer. It wasn't until my responsibilities eased up that I decided to put together a cookbook as a wedding gift to my oldest child. I collected old photos, wrote captions, and then started to relate family stories. My "gift" ended up as a 250 page, spiral-bound cookbook photocopied 50 times to hand out to all my relatives and friends. (No such thing as apps back then.)

From that time on, I've done my best to pass on information intended to make life easier for others. My nautical books, THE PERFECT FIRST MATE and KITCHEN AFLOAT, are loaded with practical info as well as hard facts. Watch for my newest boating book, THE SMART GUIDE TO CRUISING late spring 2014.

I've never stopped developing and writing down recipes, so it made sense to share them in my EMPTY NEST COOKBOOK. And, after surviving three clustered weddings, I just had to pass helpful planning info to other mothers with OH, NO, THEY'RE ENGAGED!

My true love, however is fiction-writing. My romantic suspense, GREEN FIRE was released early 2013. I am overhauling a paranormal romance, finishing up another romantic suspense, and plotting a single title contemporary romance.

In the meantime, I've been busy writing stories for my grandchildren. "juvenile fiction," I believe it's called. I am thrilled to announce SEAGULLS DON'T EAT WORMS just hit the press. I hope you will enjoy sharing it with your little ones ages three to eight.

I would love to hear from you!

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Joy Smith's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (read shelf)



"...combines solid practical advice with a deep understanding of the emotional ups and downs you, as a parent, will experience while preparing for and participating in your child's wedding..."

"Joy Smith writes with humor, telling tales and dishing out the truth...

"Knowledgeable, comprehensive, timely for current social times. a great resource..."


A nestling wren tumbles into the lair of a cranky seagull protecting his catch. The pair find out they have much in common.

"... subtle lessons of kindness, sharing, empathy and diversity..."

"...Children will pull this book off the shelf over and over again..."

Selected Works

Storybook about birds
Non-Fiction Books
Helps mom plan weddings
A guide to recreational boating for men or women.
Romantic suspense
Managing your facts
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