Joynes, A Brief Literary Biography
Monty Joynes began his literary career with George Garrett at the University of Virginia where he met and drank coffee with William Faulkner and other significant literary personalities. On to Europe after graduation, Monty wrote and directed a television feature film for KRW, a Swedish production company. While in basic training as a draftee in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War era, he was advised that the film had won a film festival award.
In the late 1960s Monty was writing short fiction and wrote and directed his second film,
The Graz Experience, shot in Austria. By 1970 he had founded Metro Hampton Roads
Magazine. Within four years the slick magazine was in color and averaging over 100 pages a month. From
Metro, Monty went to Holiday Magazine, the original national travel magazine published by The Curtis Publishing Company. By that time he had authored over 200 magazine features for publication.
In the late 1970s Monty founded the
Insiders’ Guide travel series and co-authored and edited its first five titles. His
Insiders’ Guide to New Orleans became a best seller, and Monty moved to New Orleans to become the city’s restaurant critic and a part-time radio talk show host. By 1982 he had completed three novels.
In 1985 Monty and wife Pat moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with the objective that Monty would focus on his literary career. He did find time, however, to become the founding president of the Blowing Rock Stage Company, an Equity summer-stock theater that is now into its
22nd successful season.
In 1995 Monty found a publisher for
Naked Into the Night, a novel that appeared in 1997. Encouraged to write sequels, he produced
Lost in Las Vegas (1998), Save the Good Seed (1999), and
Dead Water Rites (2000). Critics acknowledged that he was one of the most important authors in a new literary genre—Visionary Fiction—with the publication of these four novels
in the Booker Series.
Monty works full time as a literary artist, and he completed his 18th novel in 2004 just prior to going on the set of
The Celestine Prophecy
to write a making-of-the-movie book with best-selling author James Redfield.
With the encouragement of his new friends in the movie business, Monty has written screenplay adaptations for
Naked Into the Night, Lost in Las Vegas, and
Grid, a yet-to-be published novel. Another Joynes novel, Pass In Review, has been adapted for film by screenwriter Paul Brody.
In 2005 Monty wrote
War Journal for film producer Terry Collis.
War Journal is an adaptation of the non-fiction book,
The War Journal of Major Damon “Rocky” Gause, the firsthand account of one of the greatest escapes of World War II.
In 2005 Monty also began a long two-subject
biography—Journey For The One: The Biography of Jeanne White Eagle and John Pehrson.
The book documents the couple’s worldwide peace mission to end separation between conflicting cultures.
Monty went on the set of the film
Conversations with God in November, 2005 to write and photo edit his second making-of-the-movie book. The
Conversations with God series by Neale Donald Walsch was a huge best seller.
The book was published in 2006.
2007 composer and concert pianist Edmund Barton Bullock, an American who
has lived mostly in France since 1978, contacted Monty as someone who
appreciated his literature. Their friendship resulted in a collaboration
to write and compose a classical music oratorio. Monty completed the
libretto for the oratorio The Awakening of Humanity in 2007.
Monty was completing Journey For The One, which was then published in
September 2008. He also completed his seventh feature-length screenplay
and consulted on script development on two other film projects.
the summer of 2007, Monty began painting again in a home studio. In the
mid 1960s, Monty was identified with the
Scandinavian Bauhaus Situationist art movement and enjoyed professional success as a young
artist. Now, forty years after his last one-man show, he has produced
over sixty works of art in two years. A catalog of his new work was
completed in the fall of 2008 and pieces then began to be offered for
As the book marketplace experienced an
e-book revolution, Monty reviewed his novel inventory and published two
orphaned novels, GRID and FLESH, as Amazon Kindle books in 2011. In
support of the movement to electronic publishing, Monty also developed a
showcase his books and his experiences as a career writer. Additional
novels are scheduled for future e-book publication, and a series of
promotional videos are going into production. Monty completed his 21st
novel, Portrait of the Artist's Ghost, in March 2012.
works every day in one creative medium or the other. He moves easily
from his writing table to the art studio. And if his oratorio gets
commissioned, he dreams about writing the libretto for an opera!