Joe Perrone Jr is an author whose diverse background includes a stint as a sports writer with a prominent New Jersey newspaper, the Herald News, and several years spent freelancing as an advertising copy writer. He has had numerous short stories published in the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. In addition to his writing, he spent ten years as a professional fly fishing guide on the historic Beaverkill River in New York's Catskill Mountains. Nearby Roscoe - "Trout Town USA" - serves as the setting for four of the five books in the Matt Davis Mystery series. The five are: “As the Twig is Bent,” "Opening Day," "Twice Bitten," "Broken Promises," and "Deadly Ransom." Roscoe is a place to which Joe returns as often as possible to fish his favorite waters and visit with long-time friends. In addition to the Matt Davis mysteries, Joe authored “Escaping Innocence: A Story of Awakening,” a coming-of-age novel set in the turbulent sixties; “A ‘Real’ Man’s Guide to Divorce (First you bend over and . . . ,” as well as co-authoring “Gone Fishin’ with Kids (How to Take Your Kid Fishing and Still be Friends)” with Manny Luftglass.
In October of 2015, Joe suffered a mild stroke, which served as a wake-up call. He underwent a complete lifestyle change, including switching to a diet that is about 90 percent vegetarian, which resulted in a weight loss of nearly 30 pounds. Unfortunately, the stroke caused an already dicey balance system to become even worse. As a result, Joe’s days of wade fishing his beloved Catskill trout streams with fly rod in hand may be nearing an end. He’s still fishing, but more often than not it’s with a spinning rod (affectionately referred to as a “zip gun” by hardcore fly fishermen). Joe still enjoys cooking (and eating), reading his Kindle, listening to music (anything but hard rock), and spending time with his two granddaughters. He and his wife live in the shadow of Charlotte, North Carolina, in Indian Land, South Carolina, together with Willow the Wonder Dog. Joe welcomes comments and queries from readers via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. He makes every effort to respond to all emails promptly. And don’t forget to follow Joe’s blog at: www.joetheauthor.wordpress.com.