Interview with Joseph Racconti

What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working two projects. I am working on the yet untitled follow up to The Blood Cloth Syndicate which will introduce a lot of wonderful characters that I am beyond excited for readers to meet and sheds more light on the mysterious group that we met in the first Relics novel.
I am also brain storming a fantasy/scifi/adventure with another writer that I have met.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite modern authors are James Rollins, Dan Brown and David Wood. I also absolutely love Charles Dickens' work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Whenever I'm not writing I have more hobbies than I can keep up with. I love working with my hands such as remodeling and gardening. I could live outside if my wife would let me. I camp, fish, hunt and generally play outside as much as I can. I use to practice martial arts, but have not had the time to take it as seriously as I have in the past. I feel the same way about music, but recently received an email from a friend of mine asking me if Id be interested in doing a few songs together.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have become friends with many book reviewers as well as other authors on Twitter. Most of the books I hear about these days are by word of mouth.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ha ha. I do. The first story I wrote was in elementary school. It was about a king whose castle was underground. Above his castle was a basketball court where two dragons use to play each other. The king hated the noise and wanted to tear down the basketball court so they couldn't play anymore. That's all I can remember off the top of my head. I was in 4th grade. I can't recall how it ended, but I hope they worked out their differences without reaching the level of violence found in my more recent ventures into writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There are two books that I can recall reading at a very early age. One was Lord of the Flies by William Golding and the other was Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
Both of these books had a tremendous impact on my interest in the outdoors. I still tell people what wonderful books these are to this day.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is finding other people enjoy it. Its always a great feeling when somebody tells you that you are a talented writer, but when they say they had fun reading it, it is completely different.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle is the world heavyweight champion of e-readers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Networking is hands down the best way to get your book around. Not everybody visits Amazon or sees your banner on Goodreads. Everybody though, talks.
Describe your desk
My desk? Google the picture of Einstein's desk. Its kind of like that, but with more food.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was highly motivated to become an indie author when I learned how fast and easy it is. I would not rule out working with the traditional book industry, but its slower. Until then there's no reason not to get out there and do it yourself!
Published 2014-11-22.
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