Joseph Sutton


Joseph Sutton was born in Brooklyn and raised in Hollywood. He played football at the University of Oregon and received degrees in Philosophy and History. He taught high school history and English for many years. His essays and short stories have appeared in numerous national magazines and journals. Sutton, who has been writing for more than 45 years, lives in San Francisco with his wife Joan.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing on my 29th birthday in the summer of 1969. It was a novel titled "A Class of Leaders," based on my teaching experience at an all Black high school in South Central Los Angeles. This book set the tone for all my future writing in that I write mainly from experience. I wrote the first draft of "A Class of Leaders" in a few months and it took me two more years to revise and finish it. So far I've written 12 books.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Going through the long process of trying to find a publisher or agent for my books and stories was disheartening. Hence, I became an indie author.
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Where to find Joseph Sutton online

Where to buy in print


The Life and Death of Abraham Massry and Other Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,900. Language: American English. Published: June 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish
A collection of stories based on author Joseph Sutton's Syrian Jewish background. The title story is about a Jewish immigrant from Syria who wants his American-born son Jake to follow the business and marriage path taken by him and his ancestors, except Jake shows the true calling of America by blazing his own trail. Come and enjoy Jake Massry's Syrian Jewish experiences from boyhood to manhood.
Father and Son: Thirty Years of Growing Up Together
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,300. Language: American English. Published: October 15, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development
A chronicle of Joseph Sutton’s relationship with his son Ray, giving a year-by-year account of his thoughts and feelings for Ray as he grew from an infant into a man. Sutton’s fatherly concerns, insights, imperfections and range of emotions are openly revealed. Whether you’re a father, mother, son or daughter, you can benefit from reading about Sutton’s 30 years of growing up with his son.
The YEARS the Giants Won the Series: A Fan's Journal of the 2012 and 2010 World Series Seasons
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,170. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball
After moving from New York, it took the San Francisco Giants 53 years to win their first World Series championship in 2010. Their next title came only two years later. Joseph Sutton's observations will bring back memories of both seasons. Interwoven is the unique story of how baseball has influenced Sutton's relationship with his son Ray, and how it enhances the bond between fathers and sons.
Highway Sailor: A Rollicking American Journey
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,150. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
When the woman Jake Massry lives with leaves him for another man because he can't succeed as a writer, Jake hits the highways of America in his worn-out VW bus in search of himself and his country. In his travels, Jake meets a colorful cast of characters: sexy women, philosophers, racists and Gary Morse, a 19-year-old hitchhiker who possesses a large "red ruby" given to him by a young heiress.
Words of Wellness: A Treasury of Quotations for Well-Being
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,310. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Quotations
Grouped into 120 alphabetized categories, "Words of Wellness" is a collection of over 2,000 highly enlightening, inspiring and often humorous quotations covering all aspects of health—be it mental, physical, spiritual or emotional health. Let the great minds of the ages stimulate your well-being with their words of wellness.
The Immortal Mouth and Other Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,690. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
A collection of sixteen short stories dealing with classic American themes of heroes and mentors, roller-coaster relationships, sports, coming of age, and aging. These stories deal with humanity's goodness and wickedness, loyalty and betrayal, rage and exultation, triumph and defeat.
How to Buy a Used Car Without Getting Ripped Off
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,130. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Transportation » Automobiles
This used car buying guide will show you how much a used car is really worth and how to negotiate the very best deal for it with a professional salesperson or private party.
The Year the Giants Won the Series: A Journal of the 2010 World Series Champions
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,290. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Baseball
Drawn from Joseph Sutton's journal, his observations of the San Francisco Giants' climb to win the 2010 World Series will remind you how a bunch of ragtag ballplayers became champions of the world. Interspersed with comments from his notes of twenty years ago as Little League coach for his son's teams, Sutton enhances the importance that baseball plays in bonding fathers and sons.
My Writing Year: Making Sense of Being a Writer
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,320. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
A powerful book about writing and the writing process, this book will motivate both beginning and professional writers to sit down and write as swiftly as they can to generate ideas or to break out of a writer's block. Writing will become a joyful act instead of a chore.
Write Now! On the Road to Getting Published or How I Learned to Sell My Book
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,550. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books
Write Now! is a Big/little book about writing, writer's block, rejection, publishing and selling your book. It is also the story of the making of a writer.
A Class of Leaders
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,860. Language: American English. Published: July 17, 2010. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
South Central Los Angeles. 1969. Joshua Sampson, a white history teacher in a black ghetto high school, throws the book away and lets his students take charge of their own destiny. Sampson's students, with his guidance, begin teaching. They voice their opinions on Vietnam, freedom, Black Power, police harassment, the grading system, capital punishment, and whether Sampson is teaching them or not.
Morning Pages: The Almost True Story of My Life
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 66,080. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Ben Halaby has writer's block. He stumbles across a book on creativity: Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way." Cameron's basic principle is to write three pages non-stop first thing in the morning for 84 days. Halaby heeds this advice. As the words come gushing out of his pen and soul, we not only see the creative process in action, but we also see a man turning into his old storytelling self again.

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