Joey Held is a writer living in Austin, TX. He is the author of Short Stories for Short Attention Spans, a collection of fiction that pokes at the foibles of everyday life. His work has appeared in places like Paste Magazine, Yahoo!, and The Huffington Post. In his spare time, he likes to play music with his band Burning Years, or you can find him tossing some kind of ball around, be it basket, foot, or base. Shoot him a message and say hello!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always loved to write for as long as I can remember, dating back to my first-grade class when we wrote an entire children's picture book (general synopsis: four friends and I played the Chicago Bulls in an incredibly high-scoring and thrilling game of basketball). There's just something so cathartic about putting words onto the page and bringing characters and worlds to life. The world of indie books speaks to me because it allows complete control over my work. My main goal is to entertain and this is the best avenue for that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Taking an idea and making it come to life. Writing is a unique form of art and when you can immerse your audience – and yourself – in that world, it's pretty amazing.
The debut collection from author Joey Held, "Short Stories for Short Attention Spans" takes a whimsical look at some of the things we experience in our everyday lives. Because sometimes you just need to laugh at the quirks of the day-to-day.