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“Journeys: Finding Joy on Horseback” is published by Monday Creek Publishing.

BUCHTEL — Joy S. MillerUpton, who has lived in Hocking County for almost five decades, has released her first book, “Journeys: Finding Joy on Horseback” through Buchtel-based Monday Creek Publishing, according to an Oct. 27 press release.

MillerUpton’s memoir is a story of “transformation from a traditional role of wife/mother to writer/photojournalist,” framed by six horse journeys she took over a period of 27 years, beginning with a 30-day, mostly-solo ride in 1973.

Many of MillerUpton’s horseback travels were through terrain people of Athens, Belmont, Guernsey, Hocking, Morgan, Noble and Perry counties will recognize, the press release says. Two of her rides traced Underground Railroad routes in Gallia, Lawrence, Washington and Monroe counties.

Her memoir incorporates much history of the locales she rode through, including an 1863 sweep by Morgan’s Raiders and the 1925 crash of the USS Shenandoah. People MillerUpton met along the way portray the rich variety of those who live in southeastern Ohio for the past two centuries.

Readers will also learn what it takes to prepare a horse and ride through the countryside for days or weeks at a time. Reviewer Jocelyn Robinson describes MillerUpton’s book as “(taking) the reader on a journey to find what it means to be tough, resourceful and curious.”

According to a press release, over a period of more than four decades MillerUpton’s career includes freelance writing, photography, newspaper journalism and marketing. She has had hundreds of articles and photographs published in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Horse & Rider, The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, United Press International, The Advocate (Newark), The Athens Messenger as well as other marketing venues.

MillerUpton will launch her book Nov. 13 at the Monday Creek Book Festival at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Her book is also available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She can be reached at

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