Joe Smith

Biography

True Stories: Joe Smith moved to Humboldt County, California, in the summer of 1990. A year later, he left for college, never spending more than a week again in Northern California. These are true stories from that year. Step behind the curtain of the Emerald Triangle and experience the Lost Coast as locals did before the region’s celebration and notoriety in international pop culture.

Inland Empire: Joe Smith found relocation from the Jersey Shore to Southern California’s exurbs, the Inland Empire, to be a crazy, drug-fueled view of the American Dream come home to roost. His stories are true to a time and place which have become the de facto template for 21st Century life across the land: go west and read its obituary.

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
I don't really have a desk in the traditional sense. I like to be able to move around, so I sometimes write at a little cart next to a window, sometimes on the stationary bike. Other times, I write while doing daily tasks, including eating, waiting on my kids, a few moments stolen alone in the bathroom, etc. So, I use mobile devices, including smartphone, ipad, and laptop to get it all done. Since it's the macbook which lets me final formatting and tweaks, that's where everything lives, for sure, when I compile my archive for each writing project.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the East Coast, and, although I wasn't conscious of it at the time, I was very much a working class kid in a middle-class kind of town. I was always advanced in school--my kids are the fourth generation to be doing so, thankyouverymuch--so, my thoughts were generally taken up with the projects and work those classes needed. My folks never had much and worked and worked and worked, but we always had real food, an organic garden instead of a backyard, and no awareness whatsoever that we were missing something. As I moved from East Coast to West Coast just as I was finishing adolescence, that whole first two decades is a frozen holocube in my head, and I started my first collection where I did because of that. My "Jersey Me" is very much part of my self-narrative, but other than providing an outsider status to everything I have experienced on the West Coast and abroad--it's been twenty-five years but feels like yesterday, truly--I don't think it has had much direct influence (as of yet).
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Books

Inland Empire: 1991-1996 -- "Why I Went to College"
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
Joe Smith found relocation from the Jersey Shore to Southern California’s exurbs, the Inland Empire, to be a crazy, drug-fueled view of the American Dream come home to roost. His stories are true to a time and place which have become the de facto template for 21st Century life across the land: go west and read its obituary.
True Stories: A Lost Coast Year in Humboldt County -- "A Garbage Bag Full of Dope"
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
Joe Smith moved to Humboldt County, California, in the summer of 1990. A year later, he left for college, never spending more than a week again in Northern California. These are true stories from that year. Step behind the curtain of the Emerald Triangle and experience the Lost Coast as locals did before the region’s celebration and notoriety in international pop culture.
True Stories: A Lost Coast Year in Humboldt County -- "Apple bong"
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,010. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
Joe Smith moved to Humboldt County, California, in the summer of 1990. A year later, he left for college, never spending more than a week again in Northern California. These are true stories from that year. Step behind the curtain of the Emerald Triangle and experience the Lost Coast as locals did before the region’s celebration and notoriety in international pop culture.

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