Interview with Joe Thomas

Describe your desk
The sofa. The kitchen table. A coffee shop table. The patio. Wherever I feel inspired.
When did you first start writing?
Early in 2008. I started a blog. I could barely write a sentence, but ten years later, and two books published, I think I am doing pretty well.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted this book to be as funny as my first book, but more personal and with a message. The message being ego. I have a huge ego and it's something that I struggle to control. I realized that I am not the only person who struggles with ego, most people are guided by their egos. That's what this book is about, people and their egos. And a story about shitting myself in a bar.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like having full control of my product. From the interior to the exterior. The words that I type out are just as important as the image on the cover. I never thought of myself as an indie author... I like it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's cathartic. I love being able to tell stories, make people laugh, and heal my personal wounds.
What do your fans mean to you?
It's weird to think that I have fans. I am just a guy who likes to write inappropriate jokes and share things that he probably shouldn't ever repeat. But I am honored and humbled that people follow me on social media and buy my books. They are the reason that I push hard to deliver a better book each time.
What are you working on next?
Wow. I am working on a lot. A podcast. A television show. And I will be starting on my third book which will be a memoir of my childhood. The first 15 years of my life. It won't be a comedy. It will be a new avenue of writing that I am excited to branch into.
Who are your favorite authors?
David Sedaris. Samantha Irby. Craig Stewart. Carrie Fisher. I could go on and on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The cats crying for more food even after they've already eaten breakfast.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Traveling. Hiking. Working as a flight attendant. My new love is sailing. I hope to be able to sail more now that I have my Sailing for Dummies book and a friend with a sailboat. I also read a lot of books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a story about fear and I published it on my blog. I always said that if I wrote a book, that story would be the first chapter. When I sat down to write "Fasten Your Seat Belts..." I knew exactly how my book would begin.
How do you approach cover design?
I panic. I stress out. I change my mind about twenty times. I also hire an amazing artist who has drawn both of my book covers and he's incredible. His name is Ryan Lopez. He should have an art gallery.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance -- because I was raised by white trash parents and I can relate to his family.
Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden -- I read this while on vacation in Japan. I fell in love with the characters.
We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby -- Samantha Irby is as real as you are ever going to get. I instantly wanted to meet her, which made sense from the title of her book.
Born A Crime by Trevor Noah -- FANTASTIC. It was not what I expected and so much more.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed -- this book was like therapy but not having to leave the sofa. I bought this for a friend. I will read this many times in my life.
Published 2018-01-26.
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Books by This Author

Flight Attendant Joe
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,070. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Transportation » Aviation / Commercial, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Nothing is off limits in this comical collection of true-life drama that occurs at 38,000 feet, and anywhere else Joe finds himself.
Fasten Your Seat Belts and Eat Your Fucking Nuts
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 141,260. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In his debut book, Joe Thomas — aka Flight Attendant Joe — takes you on an inappropriate storytelling journey about what really happens while you sit comfortably (unless you are in a middle seat, in that case — he’s sorry) onboard a climate controlled airplane while sucking down cups of soda, snacking on unsalted peanuts, and playing dumb when you get caught smoking in the lavatory