About Joyce Edelson

Joyce Edelson is an author living near Annapolis, Maryland with her partner Don, 1 dog and 2 cats, on the South River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. She was the editor of her high school paper, and has continued expressing herself through creative writing ever since.

Joyce worked on Capitol Hill before leaving to fulfill a life-long dream of attending college. After many years of writing letters for the various Members of Congress whom she served, she began writing for herself in her many university assignments. In just over 5 years she earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marymount University and a Master’s degree in counseling from Johns Hopkins University.

Joyce began studying shamanism to complement both her interest in non-traditional methods of healing and her study of the mind-body connection. The plot for The Rock Creek Shaman was conceived during recent trips to Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. In her stories of trips to those and other countries, you will learn about things that are not in the travel books. After reading about railroading through the Canadian Rockies, snorkeling over the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and flying in a helicopter over the “Southern Alps” of New Zealand, you may be motivated to consider similar trips. Her snorkeling instructor told her that anyone who’s terrified of deep water and can manage to snorkel over the Great Barrier Reef in middle age can do anything.

The Rock Creek Shaman is her first young adult fiction novel, which also appeals to adults. Writing is one of the many extracurricular activities in her life. Joyce Edelson is active with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a family support and advocacy organization, (www.NAMI.org), the Parole (Annapolis) Rotary Club, a community service organization (www.Parole-Rotary.org), which is one small part of Rotary International (www.Rotary.org), Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.), the signature project of the Parole Rotary Club (www.BIG-books.org), and participates in efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

Joyce Edelson