My name is Joyce Smith, although I write under the name, Joyce Valdois Smith. I live in the beautiful Ozarks with my husband, Bob, and our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Katie. Bob and I will celebrate 50 years of marriage in 2020. We have four married children and twelve amazing grandchildren. Two of our daughters and their families live near us in Missouri. Our son and middle daughter and their families live in South Carolina.

I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ and want to honor Him in every aspect of my life, especially with my writing. My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

You will most often find me with a cup of coffee, writing historical fiction or children’s books. I have published one novel, Romance Along the Rails, the first book in the Harvey Girls Legacy series, and two children’s books, Grandpa Forgot My Name and A Christmas Treasure Hunt. The second novel, Home for the Heart, will be released soon.

I wrote my Children’s book, Grandpa Forgot my Name while I was caring for my father. We have had three family members with Alzheimer’s Disease. My desire is that it will be an easy to understand explanation of dementia and Alzheimer’s for children who have family members with the disease.

Jesus Lovin’, Story Writin’ Nana

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