Interview with memoirist Joy Jennings

Writer Joy Jennings is
here today to talk about her
memoir I’m Not Your “Baby”: An Australian woman’s
tortured life of sexual harassment and assault.
Joy Jennings was born and raised in
Melbourne, Australia. At seventeen, Joy and her family moved to Queensland
where she spent over thirty years living on the Gold Coast.
Following in the footsteps of her
father, published author and newspaper columnist, Joy realized her own talents
as a writer with the debut of her artfully crafted memoir.
Joy currently resides in
Ontario, Canada.
Welcome, Joy. Please tell us about your current release.
In this suspenseful and riveting
memoir about a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Australian beach girl, Joy faces the
battle of her life against the not-so-friendly bronzed Aussie bloke.
Through her raw, dark stories of
frightening sexual assaults, shocking rapes, non-stop abuse, violation and
street harassment, Joy Jennings shares of how she tried to make her way in her
coastal home town, while being hounded, followed and tormented at every turn.
Her powerfully moving story throws
you into a world of tradies, hoons and bogans, who
behave in the world’s most vile, vulgar and sexist of ways. With her candid and
compelling recollections of being choked to within an inch of her life, having
her car window smashed into her face, being stalked and having men rip the very
clothes from her body, this memoir will not only keep you captivated, but also
astonish you with every page.
What inspired you to write this book?
My book is a raw and dark personal
memoir about a tortured life of sexual harassment and assault in Australia. It
wasn’t inspired by any other author or book, just a truth that needed to be
told and the deep desire to help other women and girls. I wrote it with
the hope of being able to help other women, especially young women who can
learn from my mistakes and to teach them how to protect themselves
against male predators. It is even a larger hope that it can bring about
new male attitudes and behaviours, especially in Australia, although it is
needed worldwide. I can only tell my truth and bring awareness to a problem
that is escalating in our society, a problem that desperately needs
to change.
Many leered and
snickered and called me over like a dog. Some would grab their crotches
and ask me if I wanted some. They whistled, hooted and hollered and made
sexual gestures with their hands, fingers, mouths and
tongues. Driving a car often became dangerous because of
the aggressive and risky manoeuvres males would make trying to catch
my attention. They sped up, slowed down, blocked me in and hung out of
their windows, whistling and hollering out at me, weaving their cars into
my path. I was in constant fear of being driven off the road and crashing
into something.
What writing project do you have in mind next? 
Being such a personal and
challenging memoir to write, I don’t have any immediate plans to write another
book, but I am only starting phase two of my life, so we shall have to see
what happens.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? 
Not until the day of my book’s
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not,
what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I work part time at a bill-paying
job while the rest of the week I dedicate to working on spreading my message.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Needing to write the Australian way
first. We abbreviate everything and use our own Aussie slang and colloquialisms.
Once it’s down, I then have to re-write it all so the rest of the world can
understand what I’m saying. It’s a process.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A genie who lives in a bottle who
eventually marries an astronaut.
Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I truly hope that my message
continues to be shared for the sake of women everywhere. Every male needs to
read this or at least have their girlfriends or wives read some of it to them
because they need to get it.


you for being here today, Joy.

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