Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Joy Callaway

Joy Callaway’s love of storytelling is a direct result of her parents’ insistence that she read books or write stories instead of watching TV. Her interest in family history was fostered by her relatives’ habit of recounting tales of ancestors’ lives. Callaway is a full-time mom and writer. She formerly served as a marketing director for a wealth management company. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Marshall University and an M.M.C. in Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina.

Callaway's new novel is The Fifth Avenue Artists Society.

Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Her reply:
I’m actually reading a lot right now. I’m reading one of my critique partner’s contemporary YA manuscripts—it’s amazing—two historical novels, and just finished a women’s fiction.

On the historical front, I’m reading Hazel Gaynor’s latest, The Girl from the Savoy. I’m only about twenty pages in and already obsessed with Dolly and her adventures working at the famous Savoy. I’m also reading Jennifer Chiaverini’s Fates and Traitors coming in September. It’s an absolutely riveting work about the notorious John Wilkes Booth and the women in his circle.

I just finished Kim Wright’s Last Ride to Graceland and can’t stop thinking about it. The main character, Cory, is a blues singer whose mother, Honey, was one of Elvis’s backup singers. When she discovers one of Elvis’s cars in her parents’ shed, she decides to drive it back to Graceland, uncovering secrets hidden in her mother’s past and the truth about her paternity.

I highly recommend The Girl from the Savoy, Fates and Traitors, and Last Ride to Graceland and hope that you’ll give them a read!
Visit Joy Callaway's website.

My Book, the Movie: The Fifth Avenue Artists Society.

The Page 69 Test: The Fifth Avenue Artists Society.

--Marshal Zeringue