Interview with Joey Cosentino

What is your writing process?
I'm going against the grain here but I'm just going to say it: a lot of times my writing process is NOT writing when I don't feel like it. I'm in a constant cycle of writing a lot, producing lots of content, and then going through a period where I don't physically write anything. A lot of my writing is mental. I mull over ideas, plots, characters, dialogue in my mind until I know where I want to go and then I sit down and actually write it. Also, there are times I set a goal for myself of one scene in a script or three pages in a novel a day.
How do you approach cover design?
My approach to cover design is simple, it needs to be professional looking, interesting, and eye catching/cool. My brother and I both are into photography and we've both taken some interesting photos of random things and of nature so I know there's a wealth of photos to pull from to create a really eye catching cover. I consider myself a creative person so I like to dive in an build the cover art myself. It's amazing what you can do with a laptop, photo editing software, and some really cool photos.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm a little hesitant to answer this as a fiction writer... I read non-fiction for pleasure. I'll read magazine articles, news articles, books about television/screenwriting, and anything relating to the film/tv industry. If I'm going to read fiction the book has to completely absorb me from the first page or else I just won't finish it.
Describe your desk:
My desk is very neat and organized. I don't understand how anyone can work at a cluttered and messy desk. I like things to be tidy. I believe in a place for everything and everything in its place.
When did you first start writing?
For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a writer. I've always written poems and little stories. The idea of being a novelist always seemed so glamorous in my mind and exciting. I've always loved putting words together in ways that sounded pretty.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1, Night by Elie Wiesel. Heartbreaking, raw, powerful.
2, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Inspiring, fun, creative.
3, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Painful, cathartic, infinite.
4, Inside the TV Writer's Room by Lawrence Meyers. Inspiring, thrilling, fun.
5, When Thunder Rolls by Dawn Cole. Cathartic, painful, hopeful.
Published 2015-08-03.
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