1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I live in central Illinois and have a full-time job as a manager at a 9-1-1 emergency communications center. I graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale with a communications degree. I’ve been married for a year and a half. My wife Amy is a veterinary doctor, a graduate of the University of Illinois, and proud mother to a 16-year-old orange tabby named Murphy.
2) How long have you been writing?
I worked as a newspaper journalist for ten years in large regional daily newspapers at Peoria, Ill., Burlington, Iowa, Martinsville, Va., and Grand Junction, Colo. Five years ago, I switched careers to join public safety because the outlook of the newspaper industry wasn’t too bright. That’s when I started thinking about a fiction writing career because I missed the creative outlet of writing. I’ve only been writing fiction for about 2 ½ years.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
My favorite place to write is in my comfy green recliner in my living room with my laptop in my lap.
4) Why did you decide to write Wrage?
When I decided to expand Grim into the Sons of Darkness series with Wrage, I wanted to incorporate themes which intrigued me from religion and history to tell epic stories. The “War Scroll” from the Dead Sea Scrolls foretells of an apocalyptic fight between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness in which Light will earn eternal peace by destroying Darkness. Each son in the Sons of Darkness series will represent a deadly sin, and each son in my future Sons of Light series will symbolize a cardinal virtue.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
My favorite character is Annie Duke, the lead detective in Wrage. She’s faced a lot of adversity in her life with dogged determination. She dealt with a great deal of tragic loss in her family and personal life. She’s pursued a career in a male-dominated field and still risen to the top of the ranks at the Prairieville Police Department. In Wrage, she also feels a great deal of pressure because she’s presented with the opportunity to redeem her slain mentor who was framed and disgraced in Grim.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
My least favorite character is Christopher Sinks. He’s just a despicable human being. I tried extremely hard to write a back story for him that explains why he became the monster he became, but I doubt anyone will feel sorry for him or agree with the way he responded to adversity in his life. He’s an example of someone who aspired for greatness, gave up too quickly, and allowed himself to sell out all of his ideals and beliefs.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I do my best to proofread my manuscript when I submit it to my publisher, but Avril Dannenbaum has been the lead editor on both of my novels. She’s done a great job of reeling me in when my ideas aren’t quite working and makes great suggestions for fixes.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
My wife and I both enjoy reading, traveling, watching movies, cooking and exercising. We’ve taken trips to New York, Phoenix, Paris, Chicago and St. Louis. We look forward to a planned trip to Greece in 2014.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read quite a bit across genres. I’m not afraid to admit that I enjoyed Cassandra Clare’s YA Mortal Instruments Series. I’ve also enjoyed Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse and Harper Connelly paranormal books. I’ve been influenced in the dark thriller vein by Thomas Harris and Jeff Lindsay. I believe they’ve created two of the most iconic characters of our time in Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. Some of my other favorites include George R.R. Martin, James Rollins, Lee Childs, Sara Paretsky, Anne Rice and Jack Ketchum.
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has?
When does the movie version come out?
As a movie buff, I think I might actually faint if anyone adapted my work to the big screen. I picture it in my head like a movie as I’m writing it, but to actually see it playing out in front of me would be an indescribable feeling of pride.
My Review: August 2013 ~ Review Copies ~
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First, I would like to thank the author Joseph Spencer for giving me this book for an honest review. I love this book; the characters are very well developed. I could not put it down; it’s a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what is going to happen. I am looking forward to reading more from Joseph.
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