Author From the Grassroots
Joyce Godwin Grubbs
Member RWA and Mystery Writers
AUTHOR’S PLATFORM: Biography
My experience with underground relocation and protection services for victims of rape/sexual assault and domestic violence victims was vital preparation to write my novels. I collaborated with decorated pioneer policewoman and sex crime expert Trula Godwin. I am founder and direct “The Trula Godwin Project”, an underground victim’s program begun posthumously in her name. (www.trulagodwinproject.webs.com).
I won the Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Award in Iowa, and finished in the top five in international competition. This was in recognition of a non-profit organization I co-founded to work with: the homeless, addicts, mentally ill and special need people. My many years of work as a trained advocate on the crisis lines, shelters, and as a nurse in adult and child psychiatric residential care, have provided unending opportunities for materials and unique insights.
I am a published photo/journalist and recipient of the “Editor’s Choice Award 2009: for contributions as a freelance writer for the internet news network. (CMN).Cable Muse Network and also contribute to the Cable Box Blog. I won publication of two winning non-fiction contest essays in the Quad City Times (circulation 67, 467) in consecutive years. I have done online technical writing for private corporate companies for their products, marketing, and political contributions. As a speaker, I have also been a ghostwriter for other speakers.
My life has led me to many intriguing experiences with politicians, criminals, and being privy to the integral workings of the “shadow world” that exists around us in our cities. I am honored to be among those to whom much trust was given by the people of the streets, and was protected by the “code of the street people” as I helped those who walked on “the wild side.”
I have completed thirteen suspense novels. My novels are stand-alone manuscripts although an interwoven series and can be read in order or independently. There are other novels in the young adult genre, and I have been ghost writer for a WWII biography for a veteran who served with distinction in most of the battles of the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Maryland, and co-author of the non-fiction Footsteps Out of Darkness: the Annabelle Kindig Story with contributions by former District Attorney Alex Hunter of Boulder, Co. and former Sheriff Brad Leach of Boulder County. *Since my semi-retirement the printed books are being phased out but all books are available as ebooks on Amazon.com.
I write strong ensemble stories, with lead characters that are often “damaged” but they never give up. They sometimes fail, but always achieve their goal and learn more through the process. I present strong female and male perspectives. These books are “insights” into a “shadow world” most people do not even know exists, yet it is “happening” all around them as they live their daily lives and sleep. The integration of real life cases fictionalized, assures the reader a powerful read. I invite you to join them in experiencing a literary walk on the wild side.
Davenport, Iowa 52802