Joyce Lynnette Hocker grew up in Texas, returning to her parents’ home state after being born in Atlanta, Georgia, and living in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a descendent of four generations of Texans on both sides. Her academic career as a communication studies professor brought her to Missoula, Montana in 1976, where she lives with her husband, Gary Hawk and their tuxedo cat, Lonestar. Joyce obtained a Ph. D. in Communication from the University of Texas—Austin, and later received a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana. Joyce began her private practice in 1985, located in a historic building in downtown Missoula. She reads passionately, late into the night. She spends time whenever she can in the family cabin close to Tincup, Colorado. Joyce is the author of Interpersonal Conflict, a best-selling text used in more than 250 colleges and universities, now in its 10th edition. In semi-retirement, Joyce teaches in the Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Montana, and at Red Willow Learning Center, a nonprofit in Missoula, which supports resilience in people who suffer difficult life experiences. She teaches life writing, writing for healing, and dream work. Joyce has been in Jungian analysis off and on since 1976, and has woven Jungian concepts and practices into her current book.