About the Author
Joy lives in central Iowa with her husband, Guy (an Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War and retired Air Traffic Controller). Their son and his wife live out-of-state with a small daughter named Kate.
A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Joy has lived with fibromyalgia for two dozen years, giving her plenty of home-bound days to write blog posts and books.
All of the “Leora books” tell stories about world and national events reaching into the American Heartland–westward expansion, two world wars, pandemics, how mental health issues were handled, the Great Depression, and surviving great personal losses. But they are hopeful as well. What Leora Never Knew: A Granddaughter’s Quest for Answers is Joy’s journey to learn what she could about what happened to the three brothers who were lost during the war.
Leora’s Letters: The Story of Love and Loss for an Iowa Family During World War II tells the story of the five Wilson brothers who are remembered on the Dallas County Freedom Rock® at Minburn, Iowa. Leora was their mother–Joy’s delightful grandmother.
All five enlisted. Only two came home.
Navymen Donald and Delbert Wilson. Pilots Dale, Danny, and Junior Wilson.
Joy the photobomber, so this was the day of the dedication, October, 2019.
Available from Amazon.com in paperback, hardback, and ebook, and now as an audiobook (narrated by Paul Berge). My Amazon Author Page. Leora’s Letters was a finalist in the 2020 Next Generations Indie Book Awards for Regional (Non-Fiction).
If you’d like an autographed paperback copy of this one, or the next three Leora books, Beaverdale Books (515-279-5400) will ship them, as will Off the Rails Quilting in Bondurant (515) 967-3550.
Autographed copies are also available at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Urbandale, and at the Dexter Museum (books at the museum are donated so the museum retains all funds).
Available from Amazon.com in paperback, hardback, and ebook.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD you God gives you. – Exodus 20:12
He determines the number of the stars; He calls them each by name. – Psalm 147:4