Joyce Hilliard Stotts grew up in Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties, graduated from Emporia State in 1970, and taught junior/senior high school English and Social Studies in Topeka area schools. Her husband, Gary, served under six Kansas governors as State of Kansas Budget Director, and Secretary of both Transportation and Corrections departments.
Six generations of the Stotts family were land owners, and pioneered in the cattle, business and banking enterprises in the Flint Hills.
After traveling to all the contiguous United States and earning a second degree from Kansas University, Joyce was an Instructional Designer for Fligh tSafety International in Wichita.
She settled in Florida near her daughter and family with whom she is now a partner in Spice of the Harbor, an online and brick/mortar spice shop in downtown Safety Harbor, Florida.
In 2023 she completed renovation of two buildings in downtown Cottonwood Falls to be used as a vacation home and leased commercial space.
Her writing includes two children’s picture books, a novella, family genealogies and several short stories published in the Dunedin Writers Anthologies. Currently she is at work on an historical novel set in 1850’s bleeding Kansas era, which is based on the lives of her family of
Kansas pioneers. She plans to publish Rodantha’s Road in 2024.
Welcome, Joyce Stotts!