All about Joe . . .
Joe Siccardi has been an editorial writer, editor and publisher for 52 years and posts a blog at https://wisdomfromafather.com/. As he states, “I’m the ordinary Joe walking along this journey called life and sharing it with you!” He is the proud father of five children, 18 grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. He currently lives in Dover-Foxcroft, after life experiences in Paterson, Totowa, Ogdensburg and Newton, NJ; Belvidere, IL; Toledo, OH; Washington, DC; Laurel, MD; and Seneca Falls and Willard (Romulus), NY.
How did your life as a writer begin?
As a sports writer.
What makes you feel inspired to write?
How did you come with the idea for your current story?
It started as a social media experiment.
Seat of my pants.
What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
Samantha’s dealing with grief … because I went through it.
What is your most interesting writing quirk?
I don’t necessarily write sequentially. Sometimes I start in the middle and fill in front and back … other times the end and work backward … and sometimes sequentially.
What is your usual writing routine?
I don’t have a “routine.” Deadlines drive me.
What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?
Being satisfied I produced something of value for readers.
Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
Stephen King because of his mind. (I would have loved to had met Rod Serling for the same reason.)
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Be true to yourself.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
I’m actually not a vociferous reader.
How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
I enjoy travel … especially visiting my kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. My “centering place” is the ocean.
Can you share with us something off your bucket list?
I don’t really have a “bucket list” but would love to visit Alaska by car and drive around Hawaii’s islands.
Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
I have a sense of humor. I am definitely unpredictable. You never know what my ensemble will be — next in the closet usually works for me.
What do you have in store next for your readers?
I am working on expanding the novella into a novel. I may try to put together an inspirational book for Christmas.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with your readers?
Everybody has a story to tell. Why not them?
Release Date: March 2018.
Self-published through Xulon, 64 pages
Samantha is dreading her return home. Throughout her life, she had a rocky relationship with her mother – and now her mother is all she has left. Through a nostalgic look back, Samantha recognizes the presence of God in an ordinary life. She learns more about herself as a wife and mother who has had her share of sorrow and blessings. As her faith increases, she is able to see her mother through new eyes, leading to reconciliation … and is reminded of that every time she sees Heaven Shining Through.
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