Recently, Joyce Love has published a novella about life in the Fort Scott area at the turn of the last century. But writing is nothing new to her.
In her years as the librarian at Eugene Ware Elementary School, Love wrote skits and short stories for the library students, using puppets to act the stories out, she said.
She also wrote articles for the Fort Scott Tribune magazines “She” and “Ageless” and for her church denomination (Church of God) magazine, “The Gem.”
This summer, Love finished her first historical fiction novella, “A Kansas Sunset,” and will have a book signing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Fort Scott Public Library.
The book is the story of a 17-year-old girl, circa 1901, who comes from Chicago and stays in Fort Scott before heading to Pawnee Station, southwest of Fort Scott. Scenes for the story were taken from newspaper articles she found during her research in the Genealogical Society library in the basement of Memorial Hall.
Some photos in the book were loaned to her by local historian Don Miller.
The book cover is a photo of a Kansas sunset she took and features her granddaughter, Adriana Love, daughter of Jason and Kelly Love.
Love and her husband, Bob, live on a farm near the site of the fictional story.
Love is also the author of a children’s book completed this year, “The Three Little Pigs, Retold by Joyce Love.” That book will be featured in a children’s story time at the Fort Scott Public Library in the future.
Many aspiring book writers wonder about publishing their work.
Love chose to publish her books through Create Space, owned by Amazon.
“They print on demand,” she said. “I had an editor who formatted the book and I submitted it through Create Space. It’s available on Amazon and Kindle.”