Hi, and welcome to The Joy Tipping Point. I’m a writer, copy and content editor, blogger, public speaker (dozens of special-interest groups, conferences and university classes) and photographer with decades of experience in all those arenas. I’ve worked and/or freelanced for every Top 15 newspaper in the U.S., including 10 years as a national, international, Metro, and Arts & Life writer/editor and Guide columnist for The Dallas Morning News.
I also have freelanced for regional and national magazines and have worked in public relations and marketing. I interned at Cox & Co. (then part of The Richards Group, in public relations), at KVIL Radio (in broadcast news), and in the U.S. Congress for an Alabama congressman (in communications, writing press releases, speeches and such). In my vast spare time, I’ve written two literary travel books, Haunted City, a guide to New Orleans for Anne Rice fans (in print for 15 years), and Scarlett Slept Here: A Book Lover’s Guide to the South (in print for 10 years). I’m currently converting those to e-books that will be available soon (in the meantime, they’re still available from third-party vendors on Amazon, under my maiden name, Joy Dickinson).
Proudest professional moment? Probably when I was asked to be on APR’s Prairie Home Companion when they taped a show in Dallas in 2013, and I held my own with Garrison Keillor during a 6-minute, unscripted interview in front of the crowd at the Fair Park Music Hall (not to mention 6 million live radio listeners).
Passions? Travel; great movies and TV (Netflix! My hero!); fiction (literary, thrillers) and nonfiction (memoirs, history, current events); animal welfare (I’m the proud mom of two rescue pups); singing and theater (member of Credo Choir, an ecumenical faith-based choir in Dallas that does mission work here and abroad); and occasional knitting, although I haven’t gotten past making garter-stitch scarves.
Prior to my journalism career, I worked in telecommunications, real estate, oil and gas, nonprofits (Dallas Ballet and the National Kidney Foundation), and as a professional balloon deliverer and singer for special occasions. I sang “Happy Birthday” to Johnny Mathis on stage during a rehearsal at Fair Park, and he gave me a $500 tip. SCORE!
I’m a native Dallasite, live downtown and graduated cum laude with a degree in journalism (minor in drama) from the University of North Texas.