Author Interview, Joe Perrone Jr.

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I’ve decided to do random short interviews with fellow authors (it’ll be a new addition to this blog). Without further ado, here’s Mr. Joe Perrone Jr.!

Describe yourself in 5 words:
Joe: Intense, personable, creative, engaging, funny.

Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
Excerpt from Escaping Innocence (A Story of Awakening), a coming-of-age story set in the ’60s:

“Of course, the burden of sharing any future sins with Him would rest squarely on my shoulders, but it was a small price to pay for the freedom that that relationship would afford me. Besides, I rationalized: who the hell wanted to tell some dirty old man about a nice, sweet girl like Patty? Not me. Never again would I make the long, anxious journey to the old confessional. From now on, it would be just me and God — the way it ought to be.”

Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
Excerpt from William Goldman’s The Temple of Gold:

“My father was a stuffy man. That is not meant as criticism but rather to be the truth. It is the word that best fit him. Stuffy. He always wore dark suits and ugly ties, and was forever pursing his lips and wrinkling up his forehead before he said anything. ‘Is that you?’ my mother would call when he came home. Then he’d purse his lips and there would go his forehead and after a while he’d say: ‘Yes, my dear.’ He always called her that — ‘my dear’; never her real name, which was Katherine. And I was always Raymond.”

Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
Joe: Writing is a creative, sometimes impulsive process, often driven by external inspiration such as an event or an emotion. Publishing, on the other hand, is a deliberate, methodical process, often governed by constraints of time and physical limits. The two processes couldn’t be more different.

What is your definition of “good writing”?
Joe: Good writing is writing that demands to be read. If it’s not compelling, it’s not good writing. Good dialogue is the key for me in a novel. If the dialogue is stilted, or if it’s not consistent with the character, regardless of how good the story line might be, I find that the book will not hold my interest…

Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Joe: “Edit until you can’t edit anymore, and re-write, re-write, re-write; then do it some more.”

There you have it, folks–thanks to Joe Perrone Jr. for stopping by to chat!

* For more info, check out Author Joe Perrone Jr.’s website. Joe also offers various publishing services (editing, book design, etc). He is currently serving on the program committee for the Blue Ridge Bookfest.

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UPDATE (2012): Joe Perrone Jr. recently visited Roscoe, NY, where he was honored to be a “celebrity first-caster” at Junction Pool at the ceremony (marking the unofficial opening of the trout-fishing season). The highlight was presenting a signed copy of his latest mystery, Twice Bitten, to Mary Dette of the famous Dette Family, known for its contribution to the art of fly tying! Read more about it on his blog.

UPDATE (2013): One of the books in Joe’s Matt Davis mystery series was recently awarded an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion — find out which one in the latest interview!

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