When Joyce Harries (nee Farrell) was born in Edmonton in 1928, milk was delivered by horse-drawn wagons and iceboxes were filled with ice cut from the river. As the only child of parents from large families, Joyce had many opportunities to develop keen powers of observation. In 1948, Joyce married Hu Harries, turning 20 years old on their honeymoon. While raising their 3 sons and 2 daughters (their eldest son, died in a polio epidemic at the age of 4), Joyce ran the household while Hu served as the Dean of Business at the University of Alberta, ran an economics consulting business, became a municipal councilor and then a Member of Parliament under Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, operated a vineyard, 3 ranches and numerous business ventures. When Hu died suddenly in 1986, Joyce was left in a precarious financial position. She sold her own food products, worked as a florist, ran writer's and artist's retreats and then began writing. Her first book, Girdles and Other Harnesses I Have Known was written with the support of a grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and published by Lone Pine Publishing when she was 72. In addition to being on the Edmonton Journal's and the Calgary Herald's bestseller lists, one of the book's selections won a food writing contest. Joyce is a member of the Writers' Union of Canada, the Canadian Author's Association, the Writers' Guild of Alberta and the Edmonton Stroll of Poets' Society. She is a past member of the collective editorial board for Other Voices, a literary magazine, and has been a finalist in the Canadian Poet's Association poetry competition. She has been actively involved outside of the writing community in the Junior League of Edmonton, the IODE, and as a former docent of the Edmonton Art Gallery. She has worked on fundraisers for the Youth Emergency Shelter, the Alberta Ballet, the Cancer Society, the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the MS Society. She often talks to and regularly visits her 5 children and her seventeen grandchildren. Currently Joyce is working on her second book, a sequel to Girdles, called Twice in a Blue Moon.