Joe Corso


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I grew up in Queens, New York and I started writing late in life with the intention of helping my grandchildren pay for their college education. I found to my surprise that I could tell a good story which resulted in my completing 15 books and 9 short stories including my popular 'ENGINE 24 FIRE STORIES' trilogy. I've just completed LAFITTE'S TREASURE which is presently being edited.

I've completed 'THE STARLIGHT CLUB 5: REVENGE. but it still has to go through extensive editing. When that book is finished I'm thinking of writing a sequel to my western 'THE ADVENTURES OF THE LONE JACK KID''.


THE STARLIGHT CLUB won the silver in the 2012 eLit contest in the 'TRUE CRIME' category'. In 2013 it won HONORABLE MENTION in the Reader's Favorite 'HISTORICAL FICTION' category'. In 2014 it was an IPPY award FINALIST and it was awarded the Gold Seal as a Eric Hoffer MONTAINGE MEDAL FINALIST. It also won the 2014 (NIEA) National Indie Excellence Awards FINALIST in the CRIME-FICTION CATEGORY.

THE LONE JACK KID won 'FINALIST' in the 2013 Readers Favorite in the 'WESTERN' category.

My short story 'FIRE: BOX 598' won the BRONZE in the 2013 Readers Favorite contest in the 'HISTORICAL NON FICTION category'.

Go figure. If I would have known that I could write a good story. I would have started writing a half century ago.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Corona, Queens, New York and I include the neighborhood and locality in my books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
There's a story behind all of my books. For example The Starlight Club is filled with many true experiences that I used fictionally in the book. Someday I'd like to have a question and answer session where I can explain which parts of the book were true. In that book, just about everyone I wrote about was real. It would be nice to have a deeper discussion about the truths and falsehoods of the book. In Starlight Club 2: I created the character Swifty who was based on a friend o mine that I grew up with. He was a professional prize fighter and I described the two fights he fought to a draw with a real classy fighter by the name of Johnny Torres. In the book I had them fight 3 draws instead of the two they actually fought. During Swifty's induction into the army (which was really my induction) a professional heavyweight boxer I knew from the neighborhood was standing in front of him (me) and when they were about to get a series of shots he turned around and asked Swifty to catch him if he fainted. He said that he didn't want to embarrass himself by passing out in front of the other guys. That actually happened when I was inducted into the army and I almost laughed at him. This big tough heavyweight boxer who wasn't afraid to fight 5 guys in an alley, was afraid of a little needle. I thought it was interesting so I put it in the book.
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