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Call me Joe. Joseph is a part of my pen name but it is also my legal name and I still don't go by it, so please, call me Joe. "Joseph C. Anthony" just sounds cool on a book cover.
That's right, you can hear a book cover.
Who I am:
First and foremost, I am a nerd, and I was a nerd before the Big Bang Theory made it cool. And that's not to say that I don't like BBT. I absolutely love BBT, and if you don't, you haven't really watched it. I'm just saying that I love many nerdy things, and not just the big screen blockbuster versions of them. But that's not to say that I don't also love the big screen blockbuster versions of them...you get my point. In Joss we trust.
The point is that reality is generally lame and make believe is so much cooler. Let's face it, traveling through hyperspace is so much more interesting than on the interstate. I'm not sure if he borrowed the line from someone else, but like Jimmy Buffett says in one of his songs (I'm also a devout Parrothead), fiction over fact always has my vote.
Why write books?
So glad I asked. When I was a little kid I used to run around my backyard by myself imagining I was in make believe lands based on movies and TV shows I had seen, making up my own plot lines and relationships. I would literally lose myself in these make believe worlds.
It worried my parents so much that my mother quite literally had me tested. The doctor assured her there was nothing to worry about, that I was just the next Steven Spielberg. I ended up going to college for Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, and that was where I learned that making a movie is too much damn work. It is far simpler to sit on the couch for a few hours and write a chapter of a novel. And so write a novel I did.
To tell the truth I still to this day continue some of the plot lines I developed in my head years ago, I just don't run around the yard when I do it.
Richard Castle and Tony Stark. They are real people, don't try and tell me otherwise.