Interview with Joshua Pantalleresco

Published 2013-12-01.
When did you first start writing?
I first wrote for the Lawson Literary contest in London Ontario. In it, I came up with a character that traveled through time. I managed to take 3rd place in my school for the contest and it taught me that maybe, just maybe I could do more with this. I've been writing since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had intended to do another poetry collection. Initially, I was going to do one about the time I ended up working for James A. Owen for a short time. I was going to call this collection Independence Day. During the writing, I thought I would write a longer than expected poem or two to bridge the gap between then and now. However, as I kept writing and the story got bigger, I scrapped the idea of Independence Day and embraced the idea of The Watcher.

I was really pulled into this world. Growing up with reading books like Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars and Tarzan along with stuff like Stephen King's Dark Tower, I saw the influences clearly and just let myself go with it.

I supposed that's the long winded way of saying that it just happened and I was smart enough to go along for the ride.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Kind of always have been. I've done interviews and columns for a lot of comic websites, I published a book of poetry a long time ago and a comic. It's part of who I am.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Discovering what's around the corner. I have an ending and beginning usually in my head, but the story is as much as journey for me as it is for the reader. I can't think of anything else more fun to do.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am flattered beyond belief that I actually have people that enjoy my work. It's always shocking when people talk to me about what I've done and how it changes them. It's amazing.
What are you working on next?
A comic book about an super powered insomniac saving the world from his parents.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Charles De Lint, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Cathrynn Valente, JM Dematteis
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The idea of that where I am now is not where I'll be tomorrow. There is always more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
reading, video games, a day job (ugh) playing magic the gathering, being social
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually look for my favorite writers and then I start looking for ones like them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. But I do remember the first words I ever read. It was in Kindergarten and my teacher gave me a list of instructions and for the first time I realized I knew what they said.

They were.

"Make two dogs.
Draw one tree.

Draw four dogs
Colour them yellow."

Those words taught me to read. Coolest accomplishment ever.
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Books by This Author

The Watcher
Price: Free! Words: 7,610. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Is there more? The question is in the mind of a slave boy raised in a compound. He escapes his captors and explores a post apocalyptic world. Along the way, he finds that there is indeed more to life.