While attending California State University, Fullerton and studying Criminal Justice, Joshua was introduced to a creative writing class where he wrote a series of paranormal stories. As a child, he has always been an amateur historian, focusing on ancient Egypt, Greece, and Roman civilizations.
Since working in the legal environment, he has combined his passion for creative writing with his love of ancient history by penning his debut novel, The Emerald Tablet, the first of seven in the Legends of Amun Ra series.
What inspires you to write?
Confidence in my characters and my story. My wife consistently supporting me and reinforcing my dreams.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve done a variety of different processes. Ideally, I’d like to be in a room with no distractions, but that doesn’t always happen. I’ve written with music on, TV on, I’ve written in trains, planes, and cars (not while driving). I’ve written with someone talking to me and I’ve written alone. I write whenever I can! I’ve done stories that have scene by scene outlines, I’ve done stories where I just know the beginning and the end and make up everything in between by the seat of my pants.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I would say no, but if you’d ask my wife she would say yes. So I guess the answer is yes even though I don’t know it. I have conversations in my head between characters. It helps play out different conversations and scenarios before I begin to type.
What advice would you give other writers?
Take your time and learn your craft. The world doesn’t need another bad novel, everyone is looking for the next great one.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Through a small independent publisher. I didn’t know a whole lot about the publishing process when I first started but she has offered me great advice and consistent support in my story throughout the years. My publisher is one of my best friends.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Obviously it’s going more electronic, but I’m a stickler for the old fashioned print book. I learn best from reading in print rather than online/electronically and I love the feel and smell of a book between my hands. The future is a global world of ebooks.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
science fiction, fantasy, epic fantasy, historical fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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