Illness sparks Joy's book success

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 July 2012

Author Joy Kenward.

Author Joy Kenward.

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A WORLE author has published her debut novel after a life-changing experience motivated her to ditch her bank job and take up writing.

Joy Kenward, of Pilgrims Way, has unveiled Archibald Fly: The Thegn’s Daughter and will be signing copies at a Weston book store next month.

The book is an intriguing tale of revenge, loyalty and gender struggles during the time of King Arthur.

It is the first novel published by 59-year-old Joy, but she has written two others which she hopes to publish in future too, including one set in World War Two which features the Weston area.

And Joy says the key to her writing success stems from an illness more than a decade ago which prompted her to take stock of life and chase her lifelong writing dream.

She said: “It started as a child, reading a book which I loved, and thinking ‘I want to do this, I want to write a book’.

“But then life takes over. You wake up one morning in your 40s, and you haven’t done it.

“But when I was ill. I had an operation which went wrong - not at Weston Hospital, I hasten to add. It was a little bit hairy for a while, and it does make you think.

“I was working in a bank, but when I thought to myself ‘I could actually die here’ I decided ‘I shouldn’t be doing this’.”

That was when Joy made a change. She left the bank, took creative writing classes at Weston College, and then was soon teaching classes of her own.

She’s written for fun ever since, collecting national prizes for her short stories, and will be celebrating her first novel’s launch with a book-signing at Waterstone’s from 11am-3pm on August 4.

She said: “I’m so glad I made the change – life has changed completely and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Joy’s novel Archibald Fly: The Thegn’s Daughter is available from Waterstone’s in the Sovereign Shopping Centre, or online from Amazon.

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