Joyce studied silversmithing at the New Brunswick school of Craft and Design before going on to earn her BA, with honours in English, from Saint Mary's University. She is a Halifax-based freelance writer, editor and the author of four non-fiction books including The Halifax Explosion: Surviving the Blast that Shook a Nation (Altitude 2003), The Halifax Explosion: Heroes and Survivors (James Lorimer and Company 2011) and Pirates and Privateers: Swashbuckling Stories of the East Coast (James Lorimer and Company 2013). Her creative non-fiction has been included in the anthologies Holiday Misadventures: Tragedy, Murder and Mystery (Altitude 2006), Country Roads: Memoirs from Rural Canada (Nimbus 2010) and Still Point Arts Quarterly (July 2011). Her cover stories, profiles, travel articles and reviews have appeared in regional, national and international publications such as Atlantic Books Today, Canadian Gardening, Canadian Geographic, East Coast Gardener, Harrowsmith Country Life, Lifestyle Nova Scotia, Oferta de Viajes, The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine, The Coast, The Chronicle Herald and The New Brunswick Reader, among others. Joyce's interests include art, architecture, fine craft, history, photography, nature, the environment, and travel.Publications
"Earthly Delights". Harrowsmith Country Life. July/August 2008.
"On the Front Lines of Disaster". The Beaver: Canada's History Magazine. Dec 2007/Jan 2008.
Pirates and Privateers: Swashbuckling Stories of the East Coast. Altitude Publishing, 2005. ISBN 1-55439-047-8.
Christmas in Atlantic Canada: Heartwarming Legends, Tales, and Traditions. Altitude Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-55153-781-8.
"The Art of Gardening". Canadian Gardening. March 2004.
"A Terrible Lucidity". Still Point Arts Quarterly. July 2011
The Halifax Explosion: Surviving the Blast that Shook a Nation. Altitude Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-55153-942-X.
The Halifax Explosion: Heroes and Survivors. James Lorimer and Company Ltd., 2011. ISBN 10:55277-943-2.