Carol: What should we know about you?
Joseph: Hello Carol Ann, it's nice chatting with you today
and I would like to thank you for this interview. I was born in
Brooklyn, New York. In the 1950's. I remember in the 5th grade I
had a English teacher, Mrs. Siegel, she did something amazing with
the class, she told us if we brought in .75 cent we could order
any book we wanted from a catalog. I thought to myself this is an
amazing idea. So I brought in my money and I ordered a book by a
writer named Frank Edwards , the title was: " Stranger Than
Fiction," I was hooked , in the coming months I ordered more
books and this is how I got into reading. I have never forgotten
Mrs. Siegel; she had a wonderful idea on how to get children to
read. As a teenager I would go to the public library and borrow
books, books on plants, biographies, History, anything I could get
my hands on.
Carol: What is the current name of your book?
Joseph: Carol Ann, I'm glad you asked that. My latest book
is titled: “Dusty," ISBN# 1424120187, it came out in
Carol: Give us a short synopsis of your book.
Joseph: Dusty is about an eight year old boy who finds
an abandoned three month kitten and names her Dusty. This is a heart
warming story about a kitten and her adventures and the great love
a boy has for his cat. This is a book for all children and pet lovers.
Oh yes, I'm donating 10% of the proceeds to The Doris Day Animal
Foundation, http://www.ddaf.org Miss Day is a great advocate for
animals and her foundation has done some great work. I'm also creating
an Audio CD Book with the help of another PA author named Danny
Lee Ingram, he has a fantastic voice, and it should be completed
by the end of October. He also did the Audio CD Book for Betty Fasig's
Carol: What are you other published books?
Joseph: Let's see, my first book published in 2005 by Publish
America is titled: “Is Your Father Black?' It's the story
of a family in the 1950's Brooklyn , who loses their father through
illness and their mother is a widow at 29 with five small children
ranging in ages 7 -1, their mother meets a man who is black and
they marry , at that time society didn't accept inter-racial marriages
, it's a book that's very touching and sad. I do have another book
that hasn't been published yet, titled: " Clara Layten: The
Chelsea Murders. " it takes place in New York City. The main
character is a detective’s aunt who keeps getting her nephew
into trouble with his boss, she's a character and she tries to help
him solve the Chelsea Murders. I have another book waiting in the
wings titled: “Visions of Freedom-Through the Eyes of a Cuban
Refugee." This is a book based on truth but the names were
changed to protect the innocent. It's the story of one man's great
desire to be free from communism in Cuba.
Carol: What is your journey to publication story?
Joseph: We'll Carol Ann as you know and every author knows
this, I felt like I was giving birth, joke. That's how I felt, from
the time of conceiving an idea to having a publisher look at your
book, to be accepted, to the publication. To me the journey has
been worth the wait and anxiety, to see your own words in print,
the jacket cover the way you dreamed it would be, it's amazing.
I always believed anyone who is a writer this is a gift you‘re
Carol: How long have you been writing?
Joseph: I have been writing since I was 14 years old. My
first was poetry, the first poem I wrote was titled: " Goddess,"
a poem about Marilyn Monroe, I was touched by her death and this
poem is in my first book:" Is Your Father Black?" My next
poem I wrote was my feelings on the assassination of President Kennedy,
titled: “My President.” I stopped writing until I reached
my late twenties, then I started to write on and off till I wrote
my first book.
Carol: What made you start to write?
Joseph: To me it just came naturally, I always loved to
make up stories.
Carol: Who gave you the aspiration to write?
Joseph: I don't think its one writer. I just loved to read
Carol: What is the name of your current publisher?
Joseph: Over the last twenty years I tried hard to find
a publisher, then one day I found Publish America, they accepted
my work and published it. It was beyond my wildest dreams and the
jacket covers they created just blew me right out of the water.
Carol: Are you happy and satisfied with your current publisher?
Joseph: Oh yes. I have met many great writers through Publish
America from here in the USA to around the world and many have become
Carol: What are you views on self-publishing?
Joseph: I would never do it, too costly.
Carol: Would you self-publish?
Carol: There are so many new writers publishing books.
What do you think of this trend of writers?
Joseph: Personally I feel there are many writers out there
with good and bad books, so far I've only come across the good ones.
I think everyone has a story to tell.
Carol: Who are your favorite authors?
Joseph: Edgar Allan Poe, I loved his stories, plus I have
many PA authors, I won't give names.
Carol: What is your favorite book?
Joseph: "It Was The Night Before Christmas,"
By Clement Clark Moore.
Carol: What are your goals with your current book?
Joseph: Carol Ann, I would love to entertain people with
stories, so they can escape from every day worries, to educate children
on how important it is to "read". If I accomplish this
with my writing then it would bring joy to my heart.
Carol: What is the length of time it takes for you to write
Joseph: It depends on what I'm writing, it can take six
months up to a year. I love when I write, my imagination goes wild,
I sit at the computer, stare at the screen and it's almost like
watching a movie.
Carol: What writing opportunities have your book brought
Joseph: I tell people about “Dusty," and their
eyes light up, especially children, this has brought me great joy
knowing people are reading it, to me this is worth more than money,
it touches my heart.
Carol: What are your marketing and promotion tools used
Joseph: I use websites, business cards and word of mouth.
When I tell people that wrote a pet book for children and pet lovers
they want to know more, I give them just a little story then I hand
them a card with my book information.
Carol: Give us a short synopsis of your next book.
Joseph: It's going to be a sequel to “Dusty."
Carol: What is your website so your readers can contact
Oh yes, they can get to hear part of “Dusty’s"
audio CD Book there.
Carol: What is your email address so your fans can contact
you with comments?
Carol: Name a few of your favorite websites for writers.
Joseph: E Books Cafe.
Carol: Did writing classes help you improve on your writing
Joseph: Not a one.
Carol: What is your motivation to write?
Joseph: “LIFE." There are so many great stories
to be told to the world.
Carol: How is your writing time spent?
Joseph: In front of the computer five to six hours a day
when I'm not working, other times writing notes on a legal pad.
Carol: What genre of writing is your favorite?
Carol: What is your favorite voice to write in?
Joseph: The first person.
Carol: In five years where do you see yourself in your
Joseph: As a writer I love writing many different types
of novels, if I could bring someone joy with my writing I'll be
happy. If I could get kids to read and enjoy stories that too would
make me very happy.
Carol: For new writers what advice can you give them?
Joseph: Write, write and write more, don't ever give up.
Believe in yourself, you have a story for people to read. Carol
Ann you have been very gracious and I count you as one of our great
writers, thank you and God Bless.
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