Featured Interview With Joshua Tommaso
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Joshua Tommaso. I was born and raised in Topeka, KS, which I still live in. I am married and have an 18 month old daughter. I am currently working on my MFA in Poetry at Southern New Hampshire University. I’ve had poetry published in magazines such as “Pancakes in Heaven” “Coffee Ground Breakfast” and recently in “Boned Stories Magazine” of which I am in the process of possibly having my poetry serialized through them, just waiting on the editors official decision. I have three dogs, a Siberian Husky named Blue, a Bassett Hound named Little Ann, and a Golden/Black Lab mix named Luna. When I am not reading, writing, or doing homework, I enjoy hiking with Blue and going on long walks with her. I also love to spend time with all three dogs at our local dog park. So in a sense, dogs is a second hobby for me.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I always loved “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls (Still my favorite book of all time), and I love poetry by Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Frost. I’ve always loved to write since I was in middle school. I recently about three years ago really got into reading, so much so I’m averaging about 50 books a year. (about one per week) and since I’ve been reading more, I’ve been writing more. I realized this is my true passion and decided to go back and get my MFA in Poetry.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Lately Christian fiction books and epic poetry is my favorite. I’m now finishing up the “Left Behind” series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. I only have two left in the 16 part series. I enjoyed it so much, I went ahead and bought several other series by LaHaye to read. I’m also really into “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” of Homer, as with other epic poems by other authors.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My book “The Milkman” is inspired by my daughter. When she was a newborn, I told her a story that I made up just for her. I noticed every time I told her the story and gave her milk, she would fall asleep for me. So I decided to make my story for her into a book. Here is the synopsis for the book.
“A baby named Josie is crying up a storm, and no matter what Mommy and Daddy did, they just can’t get baby Josie to fall asleep. During the evening, while the milkman is finishing up his route delivering milk, he hears poor Josie crying, so he offers Mommy and Daddy some help. The milkman brings his determination, and some milk, to get her to fall asleep for the night.” Josie is my daughters nickname for Josephine, for which this book is dedicated to and based upon.
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