What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Nook. It was my first e-reader and it was the first time I could buy and read books from a “big name” bookstore like Barnes & Noble. I used to have to wait months or years until the books filtered down to the local stores (sometimes the local store never got the copy). Usually by that time, everyone had read the book and I was left out of the conversations.
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How did you come up with the pen name “Joe Rover”?
Who says that’s my pen name? I’m kidding...or am I?
First, I wanted it to seem like it was the character who was writing the stories—make it seem like it was a memoir or journal. Second, since the character is a superhero that is half human half dog, I wanted the name to have a common human name and a common dog name to give it that “Average Joe” feeling. So it was Joe and Rover. Third, in the beginning Joe’s family owned a restaurant and so there was a joke about “Eat at Joe’s.” Also in one of his first adventures (like in pre-rough draft days), Joe is shrunk and eventually at the end of the story ends up in his friend’s drink while trying to get his attention. He’s friend spots him and says, “Oh look, it’s a cup of Joe.”
For awhile, it was the full name Joel Tobias Rover, but I figured that was too formal sounding (and long to say). I thought about JT Rover, like some other authors do, but it kind of lost that “Average Joe” sound to it. So I ended with Joe Rover.