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Joy M. Lilley

Location: United Kingdom

About the Author

Hello, My name is Joy Gerken, pen name Joy M. Lilley. I spent all my working life as a trained nurse, until I retired in 2015.

I miss the hubbub and the camaraderie of my fellow colleagues. 49+ years is a long time in a job and within the same hospitals trust.

One plus of retirement: I shall have far more time for my passion to write. 

When did you start writing?

What do you love about writing?

Any books currently in the works?

Books by Joy M. Lilley

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The Patterson family leaves the U.K. to begin a new life in France. St Severin, in the Dordogne, provides the backdrop for the family's new home and all of the life-changing obstacles they are about to encounter.

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Sharing carefree summers with her brother Clarence, beloved dog Molly and cherished grandma Ella, Issy enjoys the freedom of childhood innocence. But as she comes of age a move to Kent changes her life forever.


Gloria Harris is born in Market Harborough in the United Kingdom, in 1922. She spends the first few years of life living with her parents and grandfather. Her siblings, an older sister and twin brothers, also share the household. The relationship between Gloria and her mother is strained much of the time

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Jenny is a young woman, with a strict religious upbringing. Seb is a handsome, successful surgical registrar. Jenny is incapable of resisting his charms. They move in together. But one day, Seb confesses to Jenny that he is already married with two young boys. Can a heartbroken Jenny pick up the pieces of her life?

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Member of the Retirement Authors Group

What does members of this group have in common? 

1. They're retired

2. They're using the extra time to write 

Isn't it nice to have those pesky 9-5 jobs out of the way? :)


For some in the group, writing was/is a lifelong passion. Others, it's a relatively new hobby. 

You can join Joy and others in the Retirement Authors Group by emailing us at

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