St . Leger Monty Joynes
Boone, North Carolina, United States
Home page: www.montyjoynes.com
Monty Joynes employs literary fiction to enhance personal understanding of contemporary issues in Native American culture and metaphysics. His Native American studies have led him to write six dramatic novels on Native American powwows, vision quests, Indian bi-racial adoptions, Indian water rights in the Southwest, and American Indian fine arts and crafts and the artists who create them.
American Indian leaders have endorsed his Booker Series for authenticity and sensitivity. Cherokee Clan Mother and Wisdom Keeper Jacque Red Leaf Garneau has praised the series as “Spirit-driven.” The series was also endorsed by the legendary founder of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Lloyd Kiva New.
Monty Joynes is a native of Norfolk, Virginia, and holds a degree from the University of Virginia. He conducted post-graduate studies in both the United States and Europe and is an Army veteran of the Vietnam era.
Monty was the founder and editor of “Metro Magazine,” Virginia’s first city magazine. He continued in magazine publishing to become the Associate Publisher of “Holiday,” the national travel magazine in the 1970s.
In the late ‘70s Monty founded the Insiders’ Guide travel series and co-authored the first five books in the series. His very successful edition on New Orleans led to his residing there as a restaurant critic and radio personality.
In 1980 Monty wrote his first novel, and with the support of his wife Pat, the two operated a seasonal business that allowed Monty to write full time six months a year. He currently has book projects in research and development through the year 2009 and continues a regular writing schedule at his home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
The Booker Series—Naked into the Night (1997), Lost in Las Vegas (1998), Save the Good Seed (1999), and Dead Water Rites (2000)—all deal with an Anglo man’s entry into Indian culture and metaphysics and the experience of transformational spiritual change.
In late March, 2004, Monty was asked to co-author a making-of-the-movie book with James Redfield for his metaphysical best-selling novel The Celestine Prophecy. The movie was shot in St. Augustine and Ocala, Florida, and Monty was on the location sets with James and Salle Redfield, co-screenplay writer and producer Barnet Bain, producers Terry Collis and Beverly Camhe, director Armand Mastroianni, and the cast and crew for the principal filming. The Celestine Prophecy: The Making of the Movie was published in October 2005. The large format hardback movie book with Monty’s narrative and interviews contains over 160 color photos, production artwork, and frames from the film that he also edited.
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’s second making-of-the-movie book was released in September 2006 to coincide with the October release and the national promotion tour of the feature film Conversations With God. Monty spent six weeks on location to research the book, interview the cast and crew, and to direct the still photography. Monty then persuaded long time friend Neale Donald Walsch to add his personal commentary to the book in a dimension unprecedented in moviemaking literature.
Conversations with God, the movie, is the dramatic story of Neale Donald Walsch’s passage from being poor and homeless to becoming the messenger of spiritual truths that have impacted the globe. Book One of the Conversations with God series stayed on the New York Times Bestseller list for more than two and a half years and has been translated into 36 languages, with more than 7 million copies sold.
A decade after the appearance of Book One, Conversations with God, the movie, began shooting November 7, 2005, in Ashland, Oregon, where the actual events of Neale’s transformation occurred. Finally, the full back story of Neale’s struggle is revealed in a feature-length film produced and directed by Stephen Simon, who is responsible for such spiritual cinema classics as Somewhere in Time and What Dreams May Come and for the launch of the modern day spiritual cinema movement.
Conversations with God: The Making of the Movie provides a unique and exclusive insight into the process and personalities involved in the spiritually relevant film genre that has become known as spiritual cinema. The narrative text connects the film’s storyline to the remarkable synchronistic events that linked all cast and crewmembers. From pre-production to the location sets, in more than 200 full-color production stills, production design works of art, and frames from the movie itself, here is the heart of filmmakers at work.
In 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.
Meanwhile, 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.
In 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 sale.
Monty 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!
Monty Joynes has written 15 novels, 3 plays, 2 produced film scripts, a novella collection, poetry, and 10 non-fiction books.
Interests: Native American Culture, Gourmet Cooking, Fine Arts
Published writer: Yes