Joe Van Rhyn


Joe grew up in Green Lake, Wisconsin. In school, he divided his time between sports and carrying the lead in a number of school plays. He dreamed of an acting career, did some directing, and as a young adult did three years of summer theater. Joe uses this theater experience in his writing to build memorable characters and compelling story lines. His writing credits include being a contributing writer in Thomas Gnewuch's "Green Lake Memories" and writing a book about his wife's family's 100 year ownership of a tavern in Berlin, Wisconsin.

Joe had a successful career as a commercial artist and owned his own promotional products company. With retirement looming, Joe took up writing as a way to occupy his time and satisfy the creative energy that churned inside him. "Born Yesterday" is his first full-length novel. He has contributed short stories for his writers group anthology and had numerous "Letters to the Editor" published in the Las Vegas Sun

You can learn more about Joe by going to his website

Smashwords Interview

So, tell us a little about yourself?
I was born in Little Chute, Wisconsin, spent my early childhood in Kaukauna, and moved to Green Lake at twelve. My time in Green Lake formed the moral compass that has guided me my whole life. I'm a small town guy with small town values. My time there provided me the best growing up any young boy could have. It was like being on a lake vacation for the whole summer, but more so, I've made friendships that have lasted a lifetime.
What got you interested in writing?
In high school and college, I had the opportunity to act in a number of plays. If I said Hollywood was not in my thoughts, I would be lying. I chickened out on "Tinseltown," but thought I would one day write a play. I've dabble in some writing projects over the course of my life but never invested the time or energy to become serious about writing. Once I was looking at retiring and looking at what I would do to occupy my time, I came up with this brilliant idea. "I'll write a book."
Funny right? Well, the funny thing was, I took it serious. Not only did I write but it be came a passion.
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