Joy was born and raised in Burnley, Lancashire and now lives in Crystal Palace, London.
She has a BA in Journalism and an MA in Writing (Prose Fiction) and worked as a reporter on local papers, edited the Met Police newspaper, and wrote everything from trivia quizzes to CVs for senior executives before becoming a full-time scriptwriter.
Joy is an Honorary Benefactor of Burnley Youth Theatre, has spoken on numerous panels at industry events, and appeared on Start the Week, Woman’s Hour and the Standard Issue podcast. Occasionally, she posts on the BBC Writersroom Blog and elsewhere – most recently here.
Her favourite TV shows include The Prisoner, GBH, The Wire, Game of Thrones, Twin Peaks and Peaky Blinders. Her favourite films are Terminator 2 and Aliens. But she also likes The Terminator and Alien.