Featured Interview With Joseph J. Miccolis
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was raised in a military family. . I relocated seven times, seen families heartbroken by the sacrifices and costs of war, and even experienced my own heartache leaving friendships behind as I moved on to my next home. I did not have the opportunity of living a normal life with a set of friends and developing romantic interests. At the same time, my experiences enabled me to explore outside the isolation of being born and raised in one place. I saw different states, met people of other backgrounds, and encountered cultures that initially seemed strange. I currently reside in Florida.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I believed I would follow in my father’s steps as a Marine, and admired the qualities of those who served. I considered joining after high school. However, I realized my admiration was merely an appreciation excited by cinema and video games. I did not truly appreciate the intense training, demanding sacrifices, and costs of war. This led me to alternatively pursue a college education, where I was fascinated by writing. College writing was my way of sharing personal experiences. I did play with the idea of writing a novel about my past during college. It was not until summer of 2014 that I decided to try.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite genre is fantasy and magic.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Dagmarth: Escape from Palmar is a riveting novel set in the far future. It captures many elements of a dystopian future fiction work such as post-apocalyptic life, reminiscing the past, and the ongoing battle between power and freedom. It focuses on a young boy forced to live a simple life in hiding. However, uncontrollable events happen and his parents realize the long-known prophecy is inevitable. His father must accept that the boy is the key to winning the war and ensuring freedom for all. This story is unique for three important reasons. First, it is based on a rare past that few people my age lived, but new threats of war lead many young people today on the same path, and more people share my admiration, especially through social media. Second, it offers a look into the struggle of finding oneself on the path of life, and the decision to leave home which any teenager and adult can appreciate. Lastly, Dagmarth: Escape from Palmar is the entrance to the first series that examines war in the eyes of a family and their friends and enemies with magical powers and a touch of comedy, mystery, and romance.
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