Joyce A. Stengel’s enthusiasm for telling enchanting tales began at an early age. Her mother was a wonderful storyteller and encouraged Stengel’s strong interest in reading and writing. Now an award-winning author of several books and scholarly articles, her deepest passion is still writing for children.
Two of Stengel’s novels, Mystery of the Island Jewels and Mystery at Kittiwake Bay, were selected as Aladdin Scholastic Book Fair Choices. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she is a recipient of the Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature, presented by the Shoreline Arts Alliance.
Before becoming an author, Stengel earned a degree in nursing from Hartford Hospital School of Nursing. While working as a registered nurse, she began to pursue her dream of becoming a writer by taking English courses in her spare time. She earned a BA in English from the University of Hartford, where she graduated cum laude, and eventually received her MA in English from Central Connecticut State University while working as a writing center coordinator.
Stengel believes that writing is a daily commitment, requiring concentration and creativity. She enjoys the process of putting together imaginative ideas and turning them into an inspiring story that children everywhere will adore. Stengel resides in South Glastonburg, Connecticut, where she and her husband cherish the time spent with their family.
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