M. J. (Joyce) Maynard is the author and illustrator of the Sunday Bells books. She has 33 years of teaching experience in public elementary schools, thirteen of which were as a first grade reading specialist. Now retired, Joyce is answering God's call to write faith-based books for young readers.
Joyce and her husband, Jim, enjoy life in rural Ohio. They are the parents of two married daughters, and they have three grandchildren.