LaJoyce Brookshire
As author Soul Food, LaJoyce is the first African American to novelize a major motion picture. She was chosen to write the novelization from the movie's script on the strength of her first novel, a suspense drama, Web of Deception. Due to LaJoyce putting to use her marketing and publicity expertise, Soul Food had outsold every movie tie-in book written before its release. With Faith Under Fire: Betrayed by a Thing Called Love, LaJoyce takes a pause from fiction and breaks a 10-year silence as she shares the true-life account of marrying a man with full-blown AIDS. LaJoyce travels the country talking about her experiences, lecturing in schools and churches and she has also contributed essays to Souls of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories, and Heal Their Spirits and GHETTOver GIRLS. LaJoyce began her career as a publicist, working with Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Whitney Houston and Kenny G. In addition to writing, LaJoyce is an ordained minister, with a doctorate in Naturopathy, as well as a Minister of Health and Master Herbalist degrees. She is also a Certified Group Fitness Instructor; an avid lover of African Dance, and an advocate for literacy and abstinence. She resides in The Poconos with her husband, childhood sweetheart Gus, daughter Brooke, and dogs Phoenix and Lexi.