Joseph J. Madden


I have been writing since the age of twelve. Born and raised in Queens, NY, I now live in Wisconsin with my wife, 3 daughters, two dogs and a guinea pig.

I basically write what I would want to read. I grow tired of scanning the science fiction/ fantasy bookshelves of the local booksellers and finding only vampire tales, or books based on the latest video game.

I am a child of the 80's, therefore my influences may be viewed as "cheesy" by today's younger audience. Star Wars, Star Trek, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and the original Battlestar Galactica have all, in one way or another, influenced my own vision of the future. I'm guessing that those out there with a nostalgic attitude probably share my POV.

With that being said, if you're looking to read Azimov, Bradbury, or Clarke, then I suggest you go to your local library or bookstore and pick up Azimov, Bradbury, or Clarke. I respect those authors greatly, but my writing is nowhere as deep. Think Saturday morning pulp science fiction. If you want a fun, diverting summer read, then come looking for me.

Smashwords Interview

Has writing always been a passion for you?
The earliest memory I have of writing is when I was about five or six, when I wrote and illustrated a book about the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Muttley. Around the age of twelve, I wrote my first short story, Space War 3000. The first six pages were my own creation, the last six were heavily plagiarized from the novelization of Return of the Jedi. Mr. James Kahn, the novelization's author, had nothing to fear from me. So it could be said that writing has always been a passion for me
Where do you get your inspiration?
It’s difficult for me to pin down exactly what inspires me. I draw from so many diverse things. Comic books, history, old movies, travel. Music is a big part of it. About 65% of my music collection is film scores. The works of Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, John Williams and David Arnold are very inspiring, and I have drawn a lot from them. And every time I get back from Walt Disney World I have about five dozen ideas.
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Where to buy in print


Fast Friends - A STARHAWK Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,160. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Bounty hunter Jesse Forster stopped in at the bar for a drink and some information. What he got was trouble...and a new partner.
A New Addition to the Family - A STARHAWK Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Bounty hunter Thom Forster finds a secret hiding in the wreckage of the starliner Star of Corrill, a secret that someone is willing to kill for.
On Dragons Wings: A Trio of Tales from the Land of Druimoor
Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 9,690. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » General
Sixteen year-old Kieran Nightshade was always told to never trust a dragon, but after one wrong turn on the road to Delva Shien, she learns just the opposite. After befriending a dragon named Mohng, Kieran is whisked off onto a series of adventures she never thought possible, and quickly learns that her new friend may be the only one she CAN trust.
Other Worlds: A Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Epic Silliness
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 28,780. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The new Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology from the author of The Starhawk Chronicles, with tales ranging from the serious to the silly.

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