Joy E. Held

Joy E. Held AAS, BA, MFA is an author, editor, book coach, college educator, and award-winning author who knew at age ten she was going to be a writer.

She has published a non-fiction book for writers, Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity (Headline Books, Inc. 2020,) a historical romance novel (The Wild Rose Press, 2010), and almost 1000 articles in magazines, newspapers, and poetry journals in 25+ years as a professional writer. Her latest release is another historical romance novel from Boroughs Publishing Group.

Her book reviews can be found online at Foreword, and She has published multiple articles as a contributing editor for Dancer Magazine and Dance Teacher Now Magazine. Her work can be found in Yoga Journal, Woman Engineer, and Romance Writers Report as well as local and regional publications in West Virginia.

She has presented writing workshops online and in person for over 20 years for Central Ohio Fiction Writers, West Virginia Writers, Inc., Kentucky, Ohio, & WV Romance Writers, Ohio Valley Literary Group, WV Developmental Education Association, Wood County Reading Association, Contemporary Romance Writers, Aged to Perfection Romance Writers of America, Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers, Hearts Through History Romance Writers of America, Romantic Women’s Fiction RWA, Romance Writers of America San Diego, RWA Online, Southern Tier Authors of Romance RWA, and the West Virginia Writing Project among others.

Awards include “Member of the Year 2020” from Northeast Ohio Romance Writers of America, Indie Book Awards Finalist Writing/Publishing Nonfiction, and New York Book Festival Honorable Mention.

Before writing, however, her world revolves around two adult daughters, a fab husband, a wonderful son-in-law, an amazing grandson, and their pets. She is also a devoted teacher and student of hatha yoga.

Getting an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA was one of the best decisions she ever made.


Photo: K. Held