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Nolensville author feels the spirit of publishing with her first novel, ‘Whiskey Love’

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Joy A. Smith, aka Joy Allyson, with her first novel, “Whiskey Love”

After three tries, a Nolensville resident has published her first novel through publishing house Wild Rose Press. 

Joy A. Smith has written other historical romances that did not make it to print but this book is being hailed a success by readers and the literary world. Her pen name is Joy Allyson and the book’s title is “Whiskey Love.” 

“Whiskey Love is about a woman, Chole Tanner, who inherits her family’s distillery,” Smith said. “It is a suspense romance set in 1892. I guess third time is a charm because this book was picked up by the publisher.” 

The writing process for Smith involves a lot of research, and she had to learn a lot about the production of Tennessee whiskey. She toured and spoke with Nelson Greenbrier, who was immensely helpful to her. 

Smith said that for an unknown author, it can be challenging to get the word out about her book. She did have a book launch this summer and will be traveling to writers workshops in the upcoming months. 

For the heroine of “Whiskey Love,” Chole Tanner is a strong, purposeful character with a lot of pressure placed on her as everybody wants the distillery. 

“I have always loved reading historical romances; it is my favorite type of books,” Smith said. “I took some classes and have been writing since 2015. I joined Music City Romance Writers because they have been great at connecting me to people.

The book has been so successful that Wild Rose Press has asked Smith to write a sequel book about navigating Prohibition and the whiskey business.

The daughter of a United States military officer, she grew up with a love of travel and a deep appreciation of history. As a former teacher, Smith always preferred reading and writing historical romances to pedagogy. Her favorite characters — rebel heroines and salvageable scoundrels — is how she built the heroine of her novel. 

She resides among the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee with her husband, near her two daughters, and grandchildren.

Barnes and Noble in Cool Springs has tentatively planned a “Local Author’s Day” to sign books at their store for Oct. 29 and feature Whiskey Love.

Follow, like and visit her website, and follow along on social media at,, and www.instagram/joyallysonromance  

You can also find the novel on Amazon, visit

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