Interview with Joe Rover

What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Nook. It was my first e-reader and it was the first time I could buy and read books from a “big name” bookstore like Barnes & Noble. I used to have to wait months or years until the books filtered down to the local stores (sometimes the local store never got the copy). Usually by that time, everyone had read the book and I was left out of the conversations.
How did you come up with the pen name “Joe Rover”?
Who says that’s my pen name? I’m kidding...or am I?
First, I wanted it to seem like it was the character who was writing the stories—make it seem like it was a memoir or journal. Second, since the character is a superhero that is half human half dog, I wanted the name to have a common human name and a common dog name to give it that “Average Joe” feeling. So it was Joe and Rover. Third, in the beginning Joe’s family owned a restaurant and so there was a joke about “Eat at Joe’s.” Also in one of his first adventures (like in pre-rough draft days), Joe is shrunk and eventually at the end of the story ends up in his friend’s drink while trying to get his attention. He’s friend spots him and says, “Oh look, it’s a cup of Joe.”
For awhile, it was the full name Joel Tobias Rover, but I figured that was too formal sounding (and long to say). I thought about JT Rover, like some other authors do, but it kind of lost that “Average Joe” sound to it. So I ended with Joe Rover.
Describe your desk
A perpetual land mine explosion during a F5 tornado.
Next question.
When did you first start writing?
Since I could hold a pencil.
Wait, that doesn’t really tell an age. It could have been last week when I finally figured out how to work a pencil (thanks to computers—I mean, who uses pencils anymore?) What was the question again?
Right.
Since I was about six or eight.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
They are my support. They are my “editors” (believe me they let you know if you make a mistake). They are my reviewers. (Them buying the books also help pay the bills :))
They are very appreciated.
What are you working on next?
More books.
More marketing.
Learning animation, business. And refresing my knowledge on computer coding.
More work in general.
Who are your favorite authors?
Lots of people. As long as they have an engaging story.
Dean Koontz, James Patterson, Rick Riordan. And some indie authors like Daniel Parsons who writes The Winter Freak Show stories.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Wait, I thought that’s why I became an indie writer was so that I didn’t have to get out of bed each day.
PFFT! Yeah right! Talk about wishful thinking.
The hope that with each day of having to get up early, one day I will be successful and can choose if I want to sleep in or not.
Also, who’d get to read my stories, and get the entertainment/help/whatever they need/want, if I’m lounging around all day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There’s a time when I’m not writing?
If I’m not writing then I’m reading, marketing, doing chores, or playing a video game.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol. They were short stories, which was nice since I had school, chores, homework, and more to deal with. Also, I got to try to solve it myself. I also got to learn interesting facts, like I was reading an encyclopedia but only more fun. These stories are what got me interested in reading and probably even writing.
At times I wonder what the books would be like if they re-made them for modern times. Would his name be Wikipedia Brown? Or would it be Google Brown?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finding out that my stories brought some happiness to others.
Published 2018-01-23.
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Books by This Author

Alliance (Life of Ace Journeyman, #2)
Series: The Life of Ace Journeyman. Pre-release—available May 8, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,000. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Adventure » General
Just as Ace meets someone who knew his father, trouble brews. A rash of missing persons halts his investigation and clues point to the newcomer being involved. Can Ace navigate a maze of secrets and hidden agendas to uncover who he can trust and rescue the missing townspeople?
Not So Secret Origins
Series: Box Sets. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,370. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This “box set” book contains the teaser stories from the Wizard of New Town, Life of Ace Journeyman, and Dogboy Reborn series. Find out how it all began for Max, Ace, and Joe.
Rebels (Wizard of New Town, #2)
Series: Wizard of New Town. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,570. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Max is still lost in New Town, the amalgam of the modern world and the ancient world. He’s told he’s the one to set things right. But he knows he’s no hero; he just wants to go home. Can Max find his courage in time to save the town from invasion?