Joy E. Rancatore


Legacy and identity, founded on hope-filled faith, infuse the tales of the soul written from the heart of Joy E. Rancatore. An award-winning, multi-genre Indie Author, Rancatore believes extraordinary things await her characters and their tales. Her debut novel won the 2022 Louisiana Indie Author Project Award. Despite a fondness for her roles as author, editor, podcaster, and speaker, Rancatore remains a hobbit at heart with Bilbo’s zeal for mountains.




2:15 pm to 3:00 pm
House Committee Room 3
Good Things Come in Small Packages: Short Fiction Exploring Dreams, Loss, Love, and Life
with Joy E. Rancatore, Fatima Shaik, and Amos Jasper Wright IV

3:15 pm to 4:00 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


Every Good Thing - Carolina's Legacy: A Short Story Collection

Every person leaves a legacy; so does every character.

Lonely outcasts. Found wanderers. Recovering addicts. War-weary heroes. Homeless families. Grieving loved ones. Good men—gone too soon.

Each one’s story stands alone, yet all unite along a common thread of dreams pursued and legacy left in this collection of short stories. One life flows into another as each character connects to the next.

A person’s past can deepen their future and their influence on others. In the words of Pete to Jack, "You’ll have people enter your life that’ll be more of a support than you might think. Some are there for a few minutes; others, decades. Each has a reason for meeting you when they do. Look for those reasons and thank God for ’em."

Revisit beloved characters from Any Good Thing and This Good Thing and descry their legacies of faith, heroism, healing, tenacity and sacrifice. These twelve realistic, hope-filled tales celebrate humans and the connections they share and gifts they leave.


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