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Medieval Romance Author Joyce DiPastena

Joyce DiPastena illuminates the Middle Ages for the modern reader through timeless, heartfelt historical romance. However many changes a few centuries may bring, she believes that stories of love can unite us with those who lived before. Loyalty’s Web and Illuminations of the Heart, the first two titles in her Poitevin Hearts romance series, were both Whitney Award finalists. The Historical Novel Society rated her romantic historical novel, The Lady and the Minstrel as “highly recommended,” while the same title won a Swoony Award for Excellence in Clean Secular Romance.

Joyce grew up in southern Arizona and can easily withstand summer temperatures of 115 degrees, as long as she’s sitting in a restaurant, movie theater, or under a ceiling fan—inside an air-conditioned building. She can be bribed with chocolate chip cookies and enjoys attending the Arizona Renaissance Festival every year. She holds a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages, from the University of Arizona. Joyce currently resides in Mesa, Arizona with her black cats, Nyxie and Calypso, who bring her good luck every day.


“As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not.” —Carl Van Vechten

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