Jolyse Barnett has always been a dreamer. As a little girl growing up in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain, she enjoyed chasing fireflies, riding her ten-speed bike on winding country roads, and playing horseshoes at family picnics through endless summers. Winter was another kind of adventure for an active kid, with skiing in the Adirondack Mountains, trips to the local public library to feed a voracious reading habit, and ice skating with her siblings on a frozen pond across the road from their childhood home.
Jolyse discovered the thrill of storytelling at a young age–much to the confusion of her classmates. She didn’t always differentiate between fact and fiction. Thankfully, her fifth grade teacher unleashed Jolyse’s inner writer by encouraging her to memorize poems and create her own. Soon she had notebooks filled with poetry and lyrics along with stacks of little pink, key-locked diaries recording her teenage angst and dreams.
After she graduated from high school, Jolyse developed a more practical side. She earned a B.S. in Writing (Of course!), fell in love with her best friend (Yes!), and now lives her own happily-ever-after (Yay!). She enjoys a fulfilling day job where she gets to share her love of language and explores the world one vacation at a time with her two children and real-life hero. Who knew the dream house would include a leaky kitchen faucet, endless laundry, and a too-hairy cat? But with love, it’s all good.
Jolyse may not be able to cook to save her life, but she’s an expert at whipping up delicious romantic tales for her readers. She often combines her love of John Grisham, Nora Ephron, and J.K. Rowling novels with her addiction to tropical getaways when crafting her own. If you love fast-paced, light yet emotionally satisfying reads, you’ve come to the right place. Connect with Jolyse at Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.