About Women of the Pine Tree State: 25 Maine Women You Should Know:
The spirit of Maine is defined by women of fortitude, strength and courage. Authors, sports icons, fisher"men", explorers, and scientists have all contributed to the unique character of the Pine Tree state.

About Feathers & Trumpets: A Story of Hildegard of Bingen:

Hildegard agonized over the origin of her visions. Was God speaking to her? Did she dare share her secret? In 12th century Germany, she could be declared heretic and burned at the stake... In a life fraught with challenges, Hildegard emerges as the most dynamic 12 century female voice... Feathers and Trumpets chronicles the life of the recently named saint and Doctor of the Church against the backdrop of the Middle Ages.

From the Author:
When I was growing up in Maine, I wanted to be a cowgirl, then an airline hostess, and then a teacher in the Peace Corps. But on the way to college I became a waitress and a New England Telephone switchboard operator. After that, I was perfectly happy teaching elementary school. I taught 6th grade, then became a Reading Recovery teacher who taught first graders to read. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages also inspired me. I got to make new English speakers excited about books.
When the writing bug bit, I was lucky enough to study at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
I wanted to learn to write picture books. My favorites included The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (Katherine Paterson), Old Turtle (Douglas Wood), Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney) and Alvah and Arvilla (Mary Lynn Ray).

Writing Feathers and Trumpets;
One day I read about an abbess named Hildegard who lived 900 years ago in the Middle Ages.
Her story intrigued me because her childhood visions resulted in a decision that would be unheard of today. Despite living in a world where men made all the rules and women followed them, Hildegard grew up to be the strongest female voice in the twelfth century. I wanted to tell her story to young people.
When Hildegard became a saint in 2012, I became a hagiographer, an author & writer of the lives of saints. But I like being an ordinary writer too.


January 18, 2015  Feathers & Trumpets receives the 2015 ILLUMINATION Silver Medal Book Award for Young Adult Fiction

Author Joyce Ray will be book signing Women of the Pine Tree State: 25 Maine Women You Should Know, and a young adult historical novel Feathers and Trumpets, A Story of Hildegard of Bingen, at the 2017 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, July 22nd, 10:30-12:30.