I was born in Jersey in the Channel Islands in 1954. I went by the unpronounceable name of Joy Houiellebecq until my marriage in 1984, when I became Joy Mutter. I gained a graphic design degree at Coventry University before living in Kent for over twenty years where I worked as a graphic designer. I am now amicably divorced with a married daughter who lives in Croydon. She is deputy editor on a magazine.
Since 2007, I’ve written, designed, published, and marketed ten books single-handed, which makes me an indie author. In 2015, I decided to publish all my books on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. Two are also available as audiobooks on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.
After developing a chronic back condition (a permanent, inoperable slipped disc) in 2012, not wishing to claim disability benefits, I took the bold, some might say foolhardy action of selling my terraced house in Kent and moving to the north of England to buy a cheaper house. I did this, plus cashing in my small private pension, to fund my long-held ambition to become a full-time published author. I’ve spent the last five years, including weekends and holidays, writing, designing, and publishing my ten books on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, and some audiobook editions.
My first three books are autobiographical and form the Mug Trilogy. Then followed Potholes and Magic Carpets, a contemporary character-driven novel following the tangled lives of four couples. Random Bullets, my personal favourite, is a contemporary crime thriller with a paranormal twist. Also in 2015, I wrote, designed and published my only non-fiction book, the fully colour-illustrated Living with Postcards.
In February 2016, I published a baker’s dozen of my short stories, called Her demonic Angel, written in various genres. There’s bound to be something for everyone to enjoy. Her Demonic Angel is available in paperback and Kindle as well as an audiobook that I narrated myself. The audiobook is for sale on Amazon, Audible.co.uk, and also on iTunes.
In 2016, I published Kindle, paperback, and audiobook editions of another contemporary thriller with a paranormal twist, The Hostile.
I also intend making audiobook editions of at least a couple more of my fiction books in the future. In December 2016, I published Holiday for The Hostile, book two in The Hostile. series. Book three, The Hostile Game, was published in April 2017. I’m currently writing book four of The Hostile series, Confronting The Hostile.