Joyce Maynard published her first magazine work at the age of 13 and became prominent with her New York Times cover story “An Eighteen-Year-Old Looks Back on Life” in 1972. Early in her career she was a reporter and then columnist for the Times, as well as a syndicated columnist.
Her first novel, "Baby Love," published in 1981, was reviewed in the Times by Anne Tyler, who called Joyce "a writer of uncommon promise. She has an unswerving eye, a sharply perked ear, and the ability to keep her readers hanging on her words."
Joyce's novels "To Die For" and "Labor Day" were adapted as movies starring, respectively, Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet.
Her latest book, "The Best of Us," recounts her surprise romance and marriage then loss of her husband over just three years while she was in her 50s.
A previous memoir, "At Home in the World," describes her years coming of age, including a dysfunctional nuclear family, her months living with J.D. Salinger and her struggles as a writer.
Joyce teaches memoir and personal storytelling regularly at her U.S. home and in Guatemala.