Thursday, January 14, 2021

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome back Joy Avery Melville!

Talkshow Thursday: Welcome Back Joy Avery Melville! 

Linda: Welcome to my blog! Congratulations on your latest release, Sown in Peace. It sounds fantastic. Where did you get your inspiration for the story? 

Joy: Like one of my other novels, it came via a newscast – an interview with some returning vets from Afghanistan. 

LM: The book is the first in a series. Can you tell us what to expect in future books? Will the stories feature the same characters? 

Joy: I’ll include all of the cast from Sown In Peace – next one will be title Steadfast In Peace... one of the characters carrying the subplot in Sown will be the heroine in Steadfast. 

LM: Your characters have unusual professions: soldier and retired military dog handler. What sort of research did you have to do to learn about his job? 

Joy: First I did some extensive reading about Military Working Dogs, Therapy Dogs, but then God
gifted me with wounded warriors, who have had PTSD and have been blessed by having pet dogs tune into their specific needs and have turned themselves into Therapy Dogs. 

LM: You are also a freelance editor. How do you turn off your internal editor when you write? Or do you? 
Joy: I don’t at first. As my characters drive the story forward, I get caught up in them, the setting, the actual chronological movement of the novel itself. Going back through it, I realize, I’d definitely turned off that internal editor. lol 

LM: Here are some quickies: 

Favorite childhood book: Light From Heaven (not a book for children by far – but it truly touched my heart) 

Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” I love the NASB translation because it’s as though God breathed it into Scripture just for me ~ “QUIT STRIVING and know I am God.” 

Favorite place to vacation: Joy: A cabin in northern Michigan during AUTUMN – cold enough for a fire in a stone fireplace with indoor plumbing and a microwave as well as a good working stove/oven.
LM: What other projects are on the docket for you this year? 

Joy: I’m working on edits/revisions to Kept For Her – book 2 in my Intended For Her Series – THEN – I get to start writing Steadfast In Peace – book 2 in my Operation Return To Peace Series. 

LM: Where can folks find you on the web? 


About Sown in Peace

How much can one wounded soul take?

Victoria (Tori) Archer has the heart of a soldier. Taken down by an IED during her fourth deployment, she’s permanently separated from her military career and left with physical scars as well as PTSD. Moving back to her hometown of Three Rivers, Michigan, she’s forced by circumstances to live with an irascible and unsympathetic aunt. Tori’s battle with pain, horrific memories, and loss of independence creates a deep yearning for peace. Will God grant her even a small measure of it? 

Retired Military Dog Handler Griffin (Griff) McKay turns to training dogs at his farm for wounded warrior therapy, desiring to bring former military men and women emotional and mental healing. Implementing his plan proves to be more difficult than visualized with the arrival of one stubborn soldier. Why has God placed that particular warrior in his path? 


  1. Fantastic interview, its always fun getting a glimpse of the characters and their author creator. Have a beautiful day.

  2. It sounds like a very good read. Thank you so much ,I enjoyed reading this interview.