Born and raised in Queens, New York, Joseph J. Madden now resides on a horse farm somewhere in the wilds of SE Wisconsin with his wife, daughters, and a wide assortment of fur-covered critters.
In March of 1978, then-seven year-old Joseph saw the original Star Wars in the theaters for the first time, an event that stirred within him a life-long love of science fiction and fantasy. By the age of twelve he began writing his own science fiction epics, a passion that continues to this day.
Originally a self-published author, Mr. Madden brings his space opera series The Starhawk Chronicles to Burning Willow Press, with the first book launching in December 2017. He has contributed to the David Bowie anthology 47-16 (Penny Dreadful Publishing), the upcoming Crossroads in the Dark III (Burning Willow Press) and has released his own collection of short fiction, Other Worlds: A Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Epic Silliness.
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.
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.