Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).
When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival . Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.
Q & A With The Author:
1. Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
Shy, quiet, old fashioned, likes people but better at listening than talking to them, loves music and playing the piano, was a childhood comic book fanatic (especially Spiderman, Fantastic Four, and Thor), medieval history nerd, BIG fan of chocolate, can be bribed with homemade chocolate chip cookies (no nuts).
2. What do you love most in the world?
My family. (And yes, that includes my cats.)