What inspired you to write your memoir?
I wrote because I wanted to own my story, not the government. I wrote it to be of service to those that might suffer from what I suffer from. I wrote it to entertain. I wrote it because I’ve always wanted to publish a book.
About your Book:
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As related in his harrowing yet hopeful memoir, Straight Pepper Diet, Joseph was raised by his mom, a heroin addict turned shut-in depressive, amidst crime and poverty. He survived, graduated from Pepperdine Law School and passed the Bar. However, at age 32, Joseph’s American Dream life became a nightmare when his addictions to sex and alcohol collided and exploded.
“On Tuesday, I was a respected civil trial lawyer making six-figures. On Wednesday, I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed charged with attempted murder … and then it got worse.”
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
It’s true, so I think it effects the reader. I’ve been a fan of memoir for a long time, and it means more to me than a fiction work. It was very difficult to write about something so intense.
Joseph W. Naus was born in 1971 in Southern California’s Inland Empire. He both graduated from Pepperdine Law and passed the Bar Exam in 1997. Joseph survived a hardscrabble, impoverished childhood, raised by his young mom, a heroin addict turned shut-in depressive, to become a respected lawyer. However, at age 32, his American Dream became a nightmare when his own sex and alcohol addictions collided and exploded. Joseph’s harrowing yet hope-filled memoir, Straight Pepper Diet, begins on the last day of his former life.
“On Tuesday, I was a respected civil trial lawyer making six-figures. On Wednesday, I woke up handcuffed to a hospital bed … and then it got worse.”