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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Transformation (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of Friends (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trance (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss Mommy Goodbye (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deep End (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Other Woman (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life Penalty (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Intentions (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
See Jane Run (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tell Me No Secrets (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Cry Now (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Missing Pieces (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Time (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grand Avenue (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whispers and Lies (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Puppet (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mad River Road (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heartstopper (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charley's Web (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Still Life (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wild Zone (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Now You See Her (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow Creek (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Someone Is Watching (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
She's Not There (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bad Daughter (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
All the Wrong Places (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cul-de-sac (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Housekeeper (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Anthologies

Mothers and Daughters(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon

Joy Fielding is a Canadian writer and actress who was born and raised the the city of Toronto, Ontario. Originally named Joy Tepperman, she changed her surname to Fielding after 18th century novelist, Henry Fielding.

Joy Fielding had always enjoyed writing, saying that it came easy to her. She sent her first story to the Jack and Jill magazine, although it was rejected. The plays she wrote as a youngster were also met with marginal success and were acted out by herself and her friends for a captive audience of parents. She continued to write throughout her teenage years and by the time she graduated high school , had decided to become a writer.

Joy studied English Literature at the University of Toronto in 1966 before taking up acting full-time. She continued to take part in drama throughout her college career, acting in over twenty productions at the University of Toronto. She later moved to Los Angeles where she found a part in an episode of the Gun-smoke, a Western drama.

She later returned to Toronto and to writing, her first love, saying that she felt writing is the only thing that gives her “complete control”. Unlike real people, characters do as they are told and do not talk back so far.

Despite her international success, Joy Fielding has often been noted as a writer who is better known, and more popular, in foreign countries rather than in her native Canada. Her US popularity can easily be explained by the prominence of large American cities in her novels. This prominence, according to Joy is due to their suitability for her themes of “urban alienation” and “loss of identity”. Inexplicable, however, is her massive following in Germany, with See Jane Run reaching far higher levels of acclaim than it did domestically.


Literature of Joy Fielding are

The 1982 novel Kiss Mommy Goodbye was one of Joy’s first main publications. It is a psychological thriller concerning the battle for custody of the children of a divorced couple. The heroine of the story is Donna Cressy, loving mother of Adam and Sharon. A victim of mental abuse by her husband Victor Cressy, Donna files for divorce and custody of the children.

Traumatized by her abuse, Donna is noticed to be acting oddly which raised concerns during the evidence proceedings. Several people testify that she has been behaving oddly since her marriage to Victor. Despite this, Donna manages to win custody of her children, though Victor is permitted weekend visits.

Donna and her two children later move in with Dr Segal, Donna’s new boyfriend, and his daughter Annie. One evening, under the pretext of a normal weekend visit, Victor kidnaps Adam and Sharon.

Horrified, Donna spirals into a deep depression and her odd behavior returns. At her lowest point, she receives a phone call from Victor, who she tracks to California.

Upon finding her children, Victor almost kills them, but with the help of Dr. Segal, she is able to escape with her children and survive.

See Jane Run is a novel written by Joy in 1992. The thriller’s title is a nod to a Dick and Jane series of learn-to-read books.

The plot of the novel revolves around Jane Whittaker, who, at the outset of the novel, finds herself at a grocery store. She is suffering from amnesia and cannot remember any details about herself. Her name, her past, or any personal details about her life are all wiped from her mind. Despite this, she can remember some arbitrary things such as the mathematical formula used to find the length of a triangle’s hypotenuse.

In her bloodstained blue dress she finds over ten thousand dollars in cash. Terrified, she makes her way to the local police precinct where she is reunited with a charming man who is claiming that he is her husband.

The man, Dr. Whittaker takes a confused Jane back home to their suburban house to try to recover from the trauma. Joy cannot help but feel a terrifying premonition that something truly terribly is about to unfold.

Unable able to find rest, Jane begins to unwrap the terrible events that her mind had hidden from her.

See Jane Run was the first of Joy’s writings to be adapted to television, finding it is way to the nation’s screens in 1995 with director John Patterson. It was followed in 1997 with Tell Me No Secrets and Do not Cry Now. Ten years later, her 1983 novel The Other Woman was made into a television movie of the same name.

Joy Fielding believes that the reason that she is so popular with readers is the way that they are able to engage with her characters and her stories. Her characters are so repeatable and down-to-earth the they can understand what each of the women are going through in the novels and most clearly identify with them in one way or another.

When asked about the inspiration for her characters, she acknowledges that her main characters are all formed from various aspects of her own personality, although their individual stories are vastly different from her own life experiences.

With the level of detail in her novels, it can take a long time to write them, Joy says that it can take over eight months of writing in order to bring a novel to fruition, and about a year to fully produce a completed novel. When she forms a basic idea, she sketches out a basic outline. It can take a few tries to get an outline that really works, and it is easy to go off track at the beginning, but when the first half of the novel is finished, the second half writes itself.

Despite the detail and level of accuracy in her novels, Joy Fielding says the she does not enjoy the research, preferring instead to allow her books to deal with issues and professions that she understands personally – teaching, bank telling, homemaking, etc.. “That is why I write fiction. I firmly believe that if you want facts, you read non-fiction; you read fiction to discover the truth.”

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2 Responses to “Joy Fielding”

  1. Barbara: 7 months ago

    Loved, loved,loved. STILL LIFE I recommended it to all my friends.
    When is your next book coming out. 👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍

  2. Ruth Ellen Dean: 1 year ago

    Loved the HouseKeeper – I was Jodi (sort of)


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