Joyce Derenas received her BA in English with a Concentration in Writing from Worcester State College. While there, Joyce wrote her first, short biography of Ichabod Washburn, a steel magnate and one of the founding fathers of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Some consider Washburn to be the Father of the steel industry in the US. Today, this student work remains in the permanent collection of the prestigious American Antiquarian Society.

After working in and around the Boston area, Joyce has retired from a career as a software technical writer. With her free time, Joyce has enjoyed numerous visits to learn more about her French-Canadian roots in southern Quebec. Her primary research has included one outstanding trip to the Yukon Territory for a few months, and a short stay researching the collection in the Archives of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

Returning to the place of her mother’s youth, Joyce has visited the village of Saint Joseph of Beauce as often as possible, discovering more about her Quebecois family and other pioneers from this area.

Have something interesting to share about the Beauce? I would love to hear from you in English or French. Please contact me at joyce@joycederenas.com or fill in the form below.

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  1. Lorna Hunting

    I’ve just found your books on Twitter and followed you and I think we write in the same genre. You can check me out at http://www.lornahunting.com and you will see my Canadian roots. My first novel, “New Beginnings on Vancouver Island” has just been published here in the UK. I thought I would connect with you which I hope you will not see as an unwelcome advance. I’m ordering 4 of your books in paperback as I am sure I will love them. My real name is Jocelyn Chatterton. Kind regards.

    1. Joyce

      It is so lovely to connect with you, and what a find, another lover of things Canadian. Thank you so much for the sales. I so appreciate it.
      This fall, I will publish the last book in my A Klondike Gold Miner’s Life series called The Homecoming which is the live of the crusty Gaudias Poulin.
      I hope you will enjoy it.

  2. Lorna Hunting

    I’ve just found your books on Twitter and followed you and I think we write in the same genre. You can check me out at my website and you will see my Canadian roots. My first novel, “New Beginnings on Vancouver Island” has just been published here in the UK. I thought I would connect with you which I hope you will not see as an unwelcome advance. I’m ordering 4 of your books in paperback as I am sure I will love them. My real name is Jocelyn Chatterton. Kind regards.

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