Joyce Grant-Smith was born in Annapolis Royal and has spent most of her life in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. She completed her BEd at Acadia University in 1979 and has enjoyed teaching in elementary and middle schools ever since.

She and her husband, Les, have been married for over thirty years, and have raised two children, Jesse and Alexis, and a large menagerie of animals. Joyce's profound connection with some of her pets prompted her to learn more about animal communication.

Joyce won the Joyce Barkhouse Award for Writing for Children in 2003 with The Latch. Her students have helped to inspire her to write stories that will appeal to them.