Local girl now a successful author

Joy Goddard shows a copy of her recent adult fiction novel, “Moonshadow,” about the impact of the residential school system for indigenous people. JACK EVANS jpg, BI

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Moving to Prince Edward County with her parents when she was 17 was “uprooting,” Joy Goddard admitted in a recent interview, citing her sudden loss of friends and customary activities. But, she added, she quickly grew to love the county and when opportunity arose a few months ago, she and her husband gladly uprooted themselves from Guelph and headed back to what Goddard now proudly calls “home.”

Part of the attraction is the presence of many family members in a family which has always valued such relations. She added that the area is even more attractive and interesting now, years later, with the winery and tourism culture. Although living in east end Belleville, they also have a cottage on Salmon Point and plan to spend a lot of time in The County.

In fact, she revealed, a new book she is now working on will be set in Prince Edward County, a mystery based on a winery. On graduating from Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, Goddard eyed journalism as her first choice career and took post graduate studies in that field. She even managed a job or two, plus some freelance experience, before she decided she needed a better income to look after her two children.

So she went into teaching.

As an educator, she became interested in the problem of lack of reading skills, especially among male students. She launched a program of writing books specifically geared to their interests, sports, adventure, and action. Her books found ready publication within the educational system and met with considerable success, so she added a weekly blog on teaching tips, widely used across Canada and recently adopted by a school based in Pennsylvania. Also, she said, she is turning her writing career to straight adult fiction.

One of her recent novels, as an example, deals with the residential schools’ brutality experienced by so many indigenous people. In fact, she used residents on the Tyendinaga Territory as a key source for data and experiences, plus other reservations across Canada. That novel is called “Moonshadow,” described as “a love story,” written with the assistance of her husband, Daniel Pike.

Still getting used to her new home area, Goddard continues to look for social and volunteer opportunities while still fully occupied with writing. Her journalism experience included a stint as a reporter at The Trentonian in the 1970s.

Copies of her books are available at the Quinte Arts Council office, an agency which Goddard described as “very helpful.”