Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Joy Avery Melville & Sown In Peace

Posted August 31, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, Joy Avery Melville, romance / 23 Comments

I’m delighted to chat with Joy Avery Melville today about her new book Sown In Peace!

Joy Avery Melville’s heart’s desire is to be the author God has called her to be by sharing Him with readers in such a way they long to have a deeply committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord.

Fully intending to write Historical Romance—had in fact— she didn’t want to deviate from that. God had different plans for that ‘call’ He’d made on her life back in 1967. A mere eighth grader at the time, she had no clue about the topics she’d be drawn to write about. Surrendering to the genre God placed on her heart has given Joy new insight into the hearts and lives of those who too often hurt in silence.

The settings of Joy’s books are near where she lives in Schoolcraft, Michigan with her husband of 47 + years and their 23 month-old Yorkie, Is-A-Bella Bindi, (Is-a-beautiful little girl) who thinks she’s a much larger breed with tomboy tendencies.

Joy loves to hear from readers and will respond!

You can connect with Joy on her website, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Operation Return to Peace #1

GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2020
PAGES: 326

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?


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Hi Joy! Welcome back to the blog!

Joy: McIntosh Apples – Fall, Crisp, Color tours… love them apples

Carrie: yum & yes!

Joy: Coffee first thing in the morning… move into hot tea/winter or iced tea/summer

Carrie: gotta have that caffeine jolt in the morning, don’t we? 🙂

Joy: Oh, easy peasy – Hallmark Channel – esp the Mystery Channel

Carrie: yes! You’re the first person I’ve interviewed who also likes the Mystery Channel – I knew I liked you 😉

Joy: Mountains, hands down… but they have to be backwoods mountains – the smell of pine/evergreen, the rushing cool, spring waters, and a fully stocked cabin where I can write to my heart’s content

Carrie: ooo yes – me too, please! (Well, I’ll read but you get the idea lol)

Q: Which books are ‘on your nightstand’?

Joy: Right now I have a Melissa Jagears novel – ROMANCING THE BRIDE and Tanya Eavenson’s Georgia Peaches novella – THE HEART OF MERCY and I’ve been saving up a series of LIS TRUE BLUE K-9 UNIT: BROOKLYN novels – April 2020 through the December 2020 finale. When I get these Canine Series, I don’t read them until I have the entire series on my nightstand – then I work my way through book-by-book so the continuity is fresh for me.

Carrie: I love those continuity series too! (And Romancing the Bride! I haven’t read Tanya’s yet though)

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Joy: My writing space is my personal library – a room my husband helped me create – I so wish I could attach a picture here. It took me about seven years to get all of the furniture- desks, bookcases, the right border (Antique books that look like you could use a step ladder and actually take one from the shelf they “sit upon”. My great great grandfather’s portrait hangs on one wall to the left of a large double window, and my grandfather, great aunt, and great uncle as children are in a portrait of a very similar gilded frame as the other. This one graces the wall to the right of the window – both just fit nicely in their places. I have a walk-in closet for all of my writing supplies and some files and a closet to my back that, at one time, had sliding doors across it. Now, it’s open and has identical book shelves to those that line every available wall space – even under the window – I use the shelves in the closet for reference materials, notebook binders of my final drafts of my novels, and drafts of upcoming books.

NOW – if given an opportunity… I’d hit that mountain cabin, which would soon be my favorite place to write. LOL

Carrie: i love that! (and yes please! lol)

Q: Which character in Sown In Peace was the most difficult to write?

Joy: That would actually be my secondary character, Tanner, affectionately known to my heroine, his battle buddy, as Micky. He’s kept his backstory VERY private from me… he’s going to have to divulge it soon, because I’m 99.9% sure he’s going to be a hero in this series.

Carrie: ooo yay! He sounds intriguing 🙂

Q: What surprised you about your story or your characters as you wrote Sown In Peace?

Joy: I have a character in Sown In Peace who was going to be a background/incidental character, but she showed me nearly as soon as she entered the story, that she had a most important role as a secondary character. In fact, I had fully intended that her husband, Marty would be the POV character, and he backed right off and pushed his wife, Pam, into the role instead.

Carrie: haha!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Sown In Peace?

Joy: I most want my readers to see that God is very real in the lives of those who trust Him and surrender their hearts to Him. I’d like readers to see the hope in this story beyond that in the thread of Romance. He really is the only hope we have, especially in a world that’s constantly changing around us.

Carrie: amen ♥

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Joy: Kept For Her is my next project (that second book in the Intended For Her Series) Readers of Meant For Her have been a bit peaved that I chose to release Sown In Peace – book one of the Operation Return To Peace Series before moving quickly into Kept For Her. My wounded warrior resources, Jeremy Rockstroh (Rock) and Keith Youngblood (Big Guy) patiently waited for Meant For Her’s release, knowing their turn (Sown In Peace) was next. So, we go into Kept For Her, hopefully to release winter of 2020/21 and at some point in there, I’ll be writing Pursuit Of Peace – book two of the Operation Return To Peace Series. Lots to do to get the entire series’ done and out to readers.

Thank you, Carrie, for a fun interview. I love READING is my SUPERPOWER and always have to check out the numerous authors you’re promoting. Thanks for making me one of them.

Carrie: aww thank you, Joy! I look forward to these upcoming books – and you are welcome here anytime 🙂

Joy Avery Melville is offering a signed, print copy of Sown In Peace to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Sown In Peace by Joy Avery Melville?

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23 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Joy Avery Melville & Sown In Peace

  1. Stacy Simmons

    What a wonderful interview. I’ve read Joy’s beautiful novel, and loved it. Thank you both for the fun!

  2. Lynn Brown

    I like that it’s about soldiers and PTSD. Also I like the therapy dog aspect. It sounds good. Thanks for the chance.

    • I sincerely hope you get the opportunity to read Sown In Peace, Lynn.
      God used the writing of it in a very real way – bringing me up close and personal to those who live with it every single day!


    • I have to agree with you, Darlene. Without God, our military would be pretty much an empty shell.

      Sown In Peace reflects what God is able to do when given the opportunity – and – what can happen when He’s not.
      I hope and pray you get to read Tori’s story.


    • Lori,
      I can hardly wait until you read Sown In Peace, so you can tell me if it’s as great as it sounds.

      Praying you get the chance and it touches your heart in a special way.


    • This one has MUCH to do with the military, Amelia – but – there is a LOT more to it than that as well… Dogs, heroes, soldiers, a psychologist, and some REAL TENSION – SOME HUMOR – SOME CONFLICT – SOME ROMANCE- it’s got a lot between those covers. Hope you get to read it and find out.


  3. Sunnymay

    As a nurse, there are all sorts of injuries both physical and emotional. I like to see how the support system surrounding an injured person can be put to use. It all takes a period of time and readiness of spirit.

    • Sunnymay, if you want to see a support system and how it works, Sown In Peace will fulfill your desires for that – LOTS of “stuff” in there with the thread of Faith and Romance to boot.

      May you get a chance to read it.


  4. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I really liked the blurb. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you – God gave me the idea for that cover… based on a scene within the story… it holds special significance to me, because not only did God gift me the idea for the cover when I BEGGED HIM for it – He gave me the scene that the cover depicts – and I do NOT say that lightly, Diana.

      I so hope you get to read the book and see for yourself how that “scene” lives in the cover.

      Huge blessings,

  5. Carrie;
    After a computer breach – I’ve had trouble getting all of my usernames and passwords straight. LOL
    Had to figure out the one for this platform among other messes today!

    Thanks so much for doing this interview with me – I love your questions – they make me think- and some make me chuckle – it was a great stress-reliever after all that’s happened here during my book launch!

    Many blessings, dear friend.

    • Judi;
      I truly hope you get the opportunity to read Sown In Peace – Tori’s story is so like so many of our wounded warriors – she has other ditches to bridge before she can find her way to joy, though.


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