About the Author

WRITER’S GROWTH

It was a Tuesday night.  March 10, 2015.  Laura Joy was driving home after dinner with her brother’s family.  It had been half a year since she’d packed up and moved to Hampton, Virginia to be near his kids.  The sun was setting in her rear view mirror as she headed east on I-64, and Laura Joy sensed the sudden urge to write, though it had been years since she put pen to paper.  That night, on her front porch, Laura Joy sat with a glass of wine on her white wicker love seat and lost herself in the written word.

She’s done the same thing every Tuesday night since.  Writer’s Growth, her blog, is Laura Joy’s own form of writing therapy.  She doesn’t plan what she’ll write, and she doesn’t revise and edit.  It’s two solid hours, unplugged, and it’s where she’s most raw and real and authentic.  She writes through whatever comes to mind, and her brain weaves in analogies as she processes life, ultimately growing as she does.

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WRITER’S ROOTS

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Wishing on Rome – Trevi Fountain

FAMILY: Laura Joy was born and raised in Upstate New York, is the third of four children. Her father, a dentist, and her mother, a retired fifth grade teacher, still reside in Syracuse. Her brothers (gastroenterologist, theologian, and businessman) all married teachers and have given Laura Joy six incredible nieces and nephews… so far.

TRAINING: In 2005, Laura Joy completed her BA in English Education with a Spanish minor and began teaching in the Nashville Public Schools. She has since instructed in English, Spanish, English as a Second Language, and World Geography.  She was awarded her MS in Instructional Media and Technology from Wilkes University in 2012.

CAREER: Currently, Laura Joy serves as English Instructional Leader at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia, connecting with students in English 10 and Yearbook.

LIFE: Outside of the classroom, Laura Joy enjoys playtime with her nieces and nephews and in her garden beds. She likes reading, writing, and writing about reading and writing. She exercises daily, scrapbooks occasionally, and dabbles in media projects when creativity strikes.

3 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. This is Janaya I was your student last year I just wanted to tell you something I spent 4days reading all your words and life stories and I just want to tell you something (free write word: story )your story May not be finished you have been through ups and down and life is full of these your heart is so big and wide and your words have so much meaning yet maybe it’s time for a new book fresh pages that haven’t been filled a new book for new beginnings and a new outlook on life you have taught me many of things last you but the most important thing you did teach me is that I can’t express myself and let the world enter my mind and I thank you for that always and forever. -Janaya

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  2. Dear Laura,
    I read your blog entries in batches, so they take on the form of a never-ending novel. I read your posts for June and July this afternoon (July 29, 2018) in my home office. Dapples of sunlight enter, dancing from the breeze of your parent’s trees and accompanied by the soft voices of young children at play. I found myself lost in thought when I finished reading; your courage and resilience touched my heart. You have become one of my favorite authors as well as a lifeline through what has been a most difficult year.

    Our godson died last August 8 while on his morning run. He was a brilliant 28-year-old lawyer, graduated from the top Ivey League schools, federal law clerk, spoke 5 languages, practiced law in Paris, traveled the world, and was one week away from starting a job at an extremely prestigious law firm in Manhattan. And poof- with one erratic heart beat- he was gone. An undiagnosed heart defect was the cause. This year has been a had one for me as I try to understand the transient nature of life and why what had been an essential plot line in my life’s narrative was brought to a cruel and abrupt halt.

    Your insight and eloquence, coupled with your courage and honesty, have provided light and enlightenment in this very dark year. As I write this one, of your young nephews is playing basketball and the rhythmic bounces bring me back to the days when you are your brothers would be bouncing, laughing, and filling the air with the joy of living in the moment. That joy is still here for both of us.
    Know that the love and light within you is strong enough to carry you through whatever challenges you face. It certainly has brought solace and hope to your neighbor from long ago.
    Peace & Blessings,
    Donna

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