When was your first public performance? When I was eight years old. I was Angel No. 1 in the Sunday School Christmas production and I had two solos. It was the first time my mother realised I could sing.

What 3 people would you have for dinner? Alive: Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Ashley Warlick. Dead: Bette Davis, Erte, and Oscar Wilde

Where is your favourite place in the world? Kohukohu in the Hokianga Harbour

Where did the ‘Joy’ in your web address come from? It’s my middle name, and my ethos.

Describe your ideal day? Anything that involves food, wine and the company of people I love.

What is playing in your car/ on your mp3 player? Yesterday, today, forever - Bob Dylan.

What is your secret-shame? I am a road-rager.

What is your favourite quote? I have two:
• We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.- Frank Tibolt
• No fear, no envy, no meanness. - Liam Clancy

What letters do you have after your name? Dip. Jz, Stud – Diploma in Jazz; Dip. Teach. Learn. – Post Graduate Diploma in Education; B.Mus. Hons –Honours in Performance Music; and MFA – Masters in Creative Writing. I’m a nerd and proud of it.

What is your best character trait? Generosity – I love giving!

What 4 things couldn’t you live without? Red wine, a good book, music and fantastic shoes.

What is the best present you’ve ever been given? My beautiful piano.

Who in your family are you most like? My late Grandmother. She gave me the piano. She sang, made music and art of all kinds. She also couldn’t live without shoes!

What would you always order at a restaurant/café? A soy hot chocolate, or a glass of red wine.

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