Joy Everafter writes middle grade stories set in medieval times with magical elements, and Kathy Smart Game Design turns these into interactive storybooks. Frog's Princess is the first storybook to be produced.
Fairy tales are part of the fabric of society. Knowing they have been told and re-told since ancient times, we delve into them for meaning. Authors recreate them to reflect what is important in their generation. Joy Everafter believes children today find a great challenge in growing away from their family and her heroes learn to take their own path in the world.
Joy chose the pen-name Joy Everafter because her heroes earn their chance to live happily ever after.
She remembers picking up a book as a ten-year-old eager to find a good story. A photo of a grey-haired woman was beaming up at her! What had she to do with anything? Joy didn't want a grown up smiling at her while she tried to read, saying, 'This story isn't real. I made it up for you.'
So when she created this website, she didn't want to put in a bio page. For her readers, she wanted it to be all about the stories. But if she wants parents and librarians and teachers to let children read her books, she has to say who she is and why she wrote them. So here is her biography for grownups to read.
Acknowledgement of country
Joy Everafter Stories acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet and work, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ continuing connection to land, place, waters and community. We pay our respects to their cultures, country and elders past present and emerging.