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Joy M. Lilley My pen-name

With a lifetime in the caring profession Joy's passion comes from a keen observation of people and the locations and environment which dominate their upbringing. Her writing therefore reflects a gritty observation of life mirrored in her own challenging upbringing. She has written two books and is currently on her third.


As a young mother bringing up a child in the swinging 60's in Kent she was torn many ways, having to earn a living and yet drawn by the bright lights and rapidly changing morals of the time in London and the SE. Although well-educated by her father, an English teacher and her mother a seamstress, the family came from humble backgrounds and the harsh realities of a post-war Britain were never far away. At the age of 8 she witnessed a tragic road accident which sowed the seed for her career in caring to start. Aged 19 with a 2 year old son she entered nursing, training at the Royal Victoria Hospital (R.V.H) where with little money the convenience of a crèche was a shrewd move!

She soon met her first husband whilst completing her training, but having little money required them to live with his mother for a long while. Sadly the marriage ended after 15 years. Whilst moving through the ranks at the R.V.H she started to catch the eye of the doctors and staff not just for her nursing and people skills but ability to mimic others. As the world moved into 70's punk and glam rock and "It ain't half hot mum" filled our TV the hospital decided what it needed was a good old fashioned theatre review group to entertain patients and staff alike. Joy stepped perfectly into the role of Artistic Director and started to put on annual performances raising money for the hospital charities - doctors and nurses in drag still brings a laugh today and Joy was not averse to being on stage as well as behind it! It was also here she met as a patient her second husband and inherited an extended family which today, despite his health scares, has elevated her to a six time grandmother.

Joy went on to spend 50 years in the NHS rising to a senior Trust position in East Kent overseeing governance to ensure safe patient care and helped to introduce many of the technology and training methods for nurses today. She lives just outside Folkestone in Kent and as well as writing is a trained pianist, singer and elocutionist with some of her voice over work helping to sell British products in America. A keen supporter of local art and very well-travelled, particularly in Europe, Joy's writing is a natural extension of her background and creative passion. Two books in and a third in construction has demonstrated that no matter what age, experience observation and a strong desire to lead the reader down a path which they will enjoy spending the time along is paramount in her writing style.
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Top Contributor Steve private msg quote post Address this user
Welcome... reads like an advertisement
... if you want to make sales you need to engage people first... give them something to hold on too.... before asking for the sale... just a suggestion
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Member jgerk private msg quote post Address this user
Hi Steve,

Thanks for the advise.Should I take both items off.
I wanted folk to know that I write and have published books.
Also that I do voice overs.

What is the best way to begin?

Many thanks

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Top Contributor Steve private msg quote post Address this user
Best way to begin... you could tell us all what you are passionate about... tell us what people here can do to help you and basically just get involved....

There are a lot of smart people here... i hang out hoping something will rub off on me.

Welcome to the forum and leave your post.... i was just sharing an opinion... it doesn't mean it's the right opinion.
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Member jgerk private msg quote post Address this user
Hello everyone, glad to be here.

My name is Joy and I'm an author, passionate about writing and reading books.
I have two books published, and am looking for an editor to help me polish my 3rd novel.
If there is anyone out there who could help me I would be so grateful.

I'm happy to give advise on writing, as I have learned so much from others along the way.

I enjoy hearing about others lives and inspirations, working as a trained nurse for many years taught me so much about humanity and compassion.

Looking forward to meeting you.

Best wishes

Joy Gerken.
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Member bdaoust private msg quote post Address this user
@jgerk Welcome, there are a few editors on this forum, they may reach out to you. I am looking forward to having your participate in the discussions.
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Member jgerk private msg quote post Address this user
Thank you for letting me know there are editors within the group.
The novel I'm working on is a murder mystery set in the Dordogne, France.I'm almost ready for it to go to an editor.

I have written a few short stories, not sure if they could be put onto this site.

As I'm a new girl,can you please advice.

Many thanks

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Teacher Rev private msg quote post Address this user

Your second introduction was much better. Now I feel like I know YOU and not just a book jacket.

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Member jycmba private msg quote post Address this user
@jgerk - hi Joy, I'd be glad to interview you on my show..

Here's the thing about this stuff -

You can read books, take courses, get coaching..

But in the end you only get better by DOING it!

Sure, we risk embarassment, etc. But I doubt that Oprah or any other of these folks was great their first, second, third.. time!
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Teacher SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
@jgerk Great to meet a fellow author
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Member jgerk private msg quote post Address this user
Hi Susan,great to meet you to.Can you tell me about your books?
I have been writing since I retired from full time work in 2008.

Have a great weekend.

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Teacher SusanDay private msg quote post Address this user
Hi @jgerk

I write children's books in the Astro's Adventures series. They are chapter books for 8 to 10 year olds.

The books are about a group of dogs who save other dogs from neglect. Their nemesis is an old alley cat named Speed Bump Charlie.

All the characters are based on real dogs and cats.They have whacky and zany adventures all over the world.

I have written a series of dog training books too.

I'm a canine behavioralist and a dog trainer. I also am a qualified English language specialist.

What do you write about?
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Hi Susan,

What an exciting writer you are.I so love animals and wish I still had small Grandchildren to read your books to.

I write in a variety of genres. My 1st. novel was an historical romance set in the Victorian era.'Figs, Vines and Roses.'

The 2nd is a WW2 drama about the Special Operations Executive [S.O.E.] although fiction the S.O.E. worked for freedom and liberty mainly in Europe. My story tells of a young English girl with a penchant for languages, leading to her application to join this special group of women,[38 only] who became known as Churchill's Secret Army. 'The Liberty Bodice.'

I am now working on a murder mystery set in the Dordogne, France. As yet untitled, and will end up as a series. I have no idea why I've chosen such diverse subjects, bar the fact that my brain goes into overdrive when on holiday.

Have a great weekend and thanks for your interest.

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