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Joy Fielding submitted her first story to Jack and Jill magazine when she was eight years old, and the story was rejected. At twelve, she wrote her first TV script, the story of a twelve-year-old girl who murders her parents. Like the magazine story, it, too was rejected, but the thought of it caused her parents many a sleepless night. Yet she was always the kid being asked to read her compositions out loud during English class, and in her last year of high school her teacher announced to the class that Joy Fielding was going to be a writer, even though Joy hadn't decided that yet for her self.

When Joy arrived at the University of Toronto she decided she wanted to be an actress. She performed in numerous campus productions and starred in the student movie, Winter Kept Us Warm, a fixture on the art house circuit even today. After she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966, with a BA in English literature, she went into acting full-time, moving to Los Angeles, where she acted in an episode of Gunsmoke and got to kiss Elvis Presley. Eventually she returned to Toronto and went back to writing.




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