Joy Netanya Thompson is a writer based in Los Angeles and editor at Azusa Pacific University. Since she was a small child, writing has been a part of Joy’s life—she even penned stories about her poodle, Max, and his global travels. Throughout her childhood, teen years, and into college, Joy wrote stories, poetry, and later, narrative essays. After graduating summa cum laude from Life Pacific College in San Dimas, CA, with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, Joy spent time working as a substitute teacher for Opportunities for Learning, a charter high school that reaches out to at-risk youth. After two years of volunteer work abroad, Joy returned to Southern California to attend Fuller Theological Seminary, from which she graduated in June 2012 with her Master of Arts in Theology. While studying at Fuller, Joy worked as an editorial assistant for the seminary’s Office of Public Affairs. In her three years at Fuller, Joy wrote constantly—feature pieces for Fuller’s website, academic papers for her classes, and narrative essays for the student publication, the Semi. Her capstone project was a collection of essays entitled Telling the Treasure: Reflections, Essays, and Anecdotes from a Backslidden Mystic. Later, Joy served as assistant editor at Outreach magazine in Colorado Springs, Colo., and currently works as an editor at Azusa Pacific University. Her literary inspiration comes from C.S. Lewis, Anne Lamott, Fredrick Buechner, Roald Dahl, and Madeleine L’Engle, to name a few. In December 2011 Joy Moyal married Robert Thompson, an L.A. native with a penchant for cycling and adventure. Their daughter, Zadie, joined the family in January 2016.

Read Joy’s informal musings on her blog.