Joseph D'Agnese


Joseph D'Agnese has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, This Old House, and many other publications. His science writing has been published extensively in Discover, Seed and Wired, and was twice named to the annual anthology, Best American Science Writing. His crime fiction has appeared in Shotgun Honey, Beat to a Pulp, Plots With Guns, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm not solidly indie. I've published more than a dozen books with traditional publishers, and have learned a lot about that business model. One thing that saddens me is that, under that model, books are not forever. They go in and out of print all the time, which is no way to build a fan base. I enjoy the freedom of hiring freelancers to work on my products, creating the files, uploading them, and knowing that these books will be available for all time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
We all daydream. Writers conceive characters, plots, settings and scenarios that would get them ostracized or arrested if they tried to enact them in the real world. But putting your imagination down in words is a safe outlet for expressing those feelings. And it's the most satisfying art I've ever known.
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Bloody Signorina
By Joseph D'Agnese
Price: Free! Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Category: Fiction
In this short detective story, a privileged yet unworldly young woman embraces a deadly habit as a means to deal with her anger and grief while living in one of the world’s most beautiful cities—Rome. This story is a Derringer Award finalist. It first appeared in the September 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
Sunshine Lady
By Joseph D'Agnese
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,560. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
Determined to exact revenge on an unfaithful husband, a beautiful witch has a dying wish: to be buried in a glass-topped tomb so the sun can always look upon her corpse. Inspired by a true story.
By Joseph D'Agnese
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,360. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
Two brothers stumble upon a website so entrancing that it marks them for death.
By Joseph D'Agnese
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,700. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
A lovesick executive rents a hideous creature bred to nibble his cares away, with horrifying consequences.
Arm of Darkness
By Joseph D'Agnese
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,300. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2012. Category: Fiction
A mysterious demonic stranger intrudes upon the lives of unsuspecting people, forcing them to make choices with horrific consequences. A collection of six short stories.
The Mesmerist
By Joseph D'Agnese
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,780. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012. Category: Fiction
A skeptical young cop and a federal agent with a taste for the occult become embroiled in a series of bizarre killings in an alt-version of 1979 New York City, in an era when looks can kill and hands can heal.
Jersey Heat
By Joseph D'Agnese
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,190. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2011. Category: Fiction
JERSEY HEAT: A retired cop and a young slacker take on corruption in an eco-thriller reminiscent of the works of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen.
The Scientist and the Sociopath
By Joseph D'Agnese
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,570. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction
THE SCIENTIST AND THE SOCIOPATH presents 17 remarkable nonfiction stories, some of real-life scientists tackling theories and discoveries that will change our world, others of laymen grappling with some aspect of science in their lives. Culled from the author’s reporting for magazines such as Discover, Wired and Seed, these tales are presented together for the first time.

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