About Joseph Cognard:
As a writer, Mr. Cognard relies on his exceptional talent to allow you to see the characters through their dialogue. Either in the dark comedic play , Written for You ,or his two YA novels, Joe uses dialogue to bring to life characters that readers can relate to. His love of the literary world has been a part of almost his entire professional career. He also shares this love at home with his family, who have provided so many resources to aid him. His daughters created much of the artwork for his first two books, while his wife and mother in law, along with a close friend, provided much guidance in editing. He is currently searching for distant relatives with marketing skills.
In Cemetery Girl, Mr. Cognard introduces us to Janie, an artistic high school girl from Queens, New York. Follow along with Janie and her friends as she explores the possibilities in which her art might reach beyond the mortal realm.
Joe followed his first work with the Three Twigs for the Campfire, three magical stories told through the minds of the Miller family children, who are enjoying a backyard camping excursion. Joe’s inspiration for the book came from his love of all the works and writings of Rod Serling.
In Written for You, Joe allows the reader to enter the maddening mind of Bob Curry, an accountant ,who is pretty sure he was told to write a book by somebody, however, nobody seems to admit to suggesting that, or ,having a desire to read the end result. Laugh along with this play, and learn why accountants should do the books, not write one.
What inspires you to write?
I love telling stories, especially through dialog. I really rely on the characters, it makes my job a lot easier. All you have to do is channel what they are saying.
Tell us about your writing process.
Not an outliner. I actually have some outline but really do not have ending. I will write to a part, and leave possibilities for the character, those choices will continue me to the next part. Sometimes there decisions piss me off, because it adds work or thinking on my shoulders. I will usually make the character suffer for doing that to me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, in an “I hate you, why are you doing this to me,” kind of way.
I have grown attached to a few, you know the ones that do not annoy or bother me. Okay, I even grew close to some of the pains, as well.
What advice would you give other writers?
Angles, I was talking to an artist Karen, she illustrated one of my stories. She was saying how important angles are in art. They are important in writing as well. There are angles in conversations and you need to make sure the reader sees them.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have self published all my works.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I work in publishing and have self published my works, so I guess answer is in that.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: YA, Paranormal, Middle Grde, Fantasy, Folklore, Comedy, and Mystery
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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