Being an aspiring published author is_________________.
Not sure I like the term “aspiring” when describing a writer. You either write or you don’t in my opinion.
Would you talk about your upcoming books and their production schedule?
The next book I have coming out is a thriller called THE NIGHT IS DEEP. It is the second book in a series I’m writing about an ex-homicide detective who has a future waiting for him but can’t let go of the past.
Are books 2 and 3 of THE LAST GIRL written and what are the expected release dates?
Book 2 is finished and is the editing stage. It’s due out in September of this year. I’m about a third of the way through the first draft of the last book and that one should be out sometime in early 2017.
It’s clear to me that the world we live in is a misogynistic one. And that’s the premise, at least from the outset of TLG. And that just blows my mind! What made you come up with the idea that men were so destructive that they wouldn’t nurture and revere the few women that remained?
It’s funny because several people have asked that same question, “Why wouldn’t the remaining women be treated well?” When I first came up with the idea of the birthrate for female infants dropping to nearly nothing I asked some of the most important women in my life a question. It went something like this- If there were only a limited number of women left on Earth do you think they’d be treated like queens or like possessions? Every one of them answered (without hesitation) possessions. I’m not sure if even the threat of extinction would stop people (especially men) from trying to take what they want. Pretty sure history supports this.
Have you ever devised a character and then written a plot around them?
Absolutely. MacArthur Gray from WIDOW TOWN came pretty much fully formed into my mind and I built the plot around him. Zoey from THE LAST GIRL was pretty much formed the moment after I had the general premise for the book as well as Evan Tormer from THE WAITING.
Most authors have had many jobs on their way to a full time writing career. What are some of the jobs you’ve held?
Very true! I’ve worked as an auto mechanic, a line technician at an airport, a customer service agent for Northwest Airlines, an electric motor technician, a personal trainer and manager of a gym.
Who are the authors that have influenced your writing the most?
Mr. Stephen King would be at the top of the list. I was reading him around age ten or eleven. I wouldn’t be doing what I am without his work. Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, R.L. Stine, Blake Crouch, Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor, Richard Adams, Harper Lee, Clive Barker, Justin Cronin, Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Lovecraft, Poe, the list goes on and on.
If you were able to trade bodies with one person for one day who would it be and why?
My son who has autism. Since he can’t tell me, I would give anything to know what he’s thinking.
What scares you? Have you written about it?
I’ll have to echo King here. Everything. Everything scares me. Losing those who you love most. Leaving them alone. Whatever lurks under the bed at night even after you’ve checked it. Things like that. And yes, I’ve written about nearly all the things that scare me, but there’s a lot less to write about.
What are the next three books you’re planning to read?
Oh wow. I just finished Robert Jackson Bennett’s CITY OF BLADES, which was excellent and I started reading THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE. Past that I have a few books waiting on blurbs and whatnot.
What five people living or dead would you invite to a dinner party?
Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, Stephen King, Jackie Onassis, and Michael Collins.
How do you want the world to remember you?
Someone who tried their best at what they loved.
Thanks very much for all the great questions, it was a blast!
Thanks for a great interview, Joe! THE LAST GIRL is available on Amazon.com and anywhere else books are sold.