Joan Uda wrote a weekly inspirational column which appeared for seven years in Helena's Independent Record and the Great Falls Tribune, and previously for three years in a Colorado daily. She has two books of these locally published inspirational pieces: At the Water's Edge: God's Grace in Everyday Life, Vol. I & II, a historical memoir about her father titled The Jade Locket and the Red Star and a novel called Booth Girls, set in an actual home for unwed mothers run by the Salvation Army. She has also published short stories, poems, and articles. She is a retired pastor, a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop where she studied with Kurt Vonnegut, and she has practiced law in government and private practice.