Featured Interview With Maureen Joseph
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am a former copywriter and I love most genres of metal music. People are still waiting for my gothic phase to be over.
I was born in Brooklyn. I spent half of my childhood there and the other half abroad. You can say I have been to a few places. The only pets I have are my Israeli Black Mollies.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was around six years old. My mother used to take me to our public library in Sheepshead Bay. There was the upstairs area for kids. We had stuffed animals to cuddle with while reading a book. I still go there to reminisce when I miss her. I started writing poetry and short stories when I was around nine.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors. My first book was The Eyes of Darkness. I would also add the classics like Daphne Du Maurier and Edgar Allen Poe. I have recently started reading Sylvain Reynard. I have a whole list of favorite authors. It depends on the genre.
I read different genres. I cannot stick to one thing. My reading list consists of genres from politics and science to thrillers and classical romance.
Evil people and haters really inspire my writings. They really help me formulate situations and characters when I write. I thank them.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
First, I’d like to say that when I wrote the first two chapters of my book; I was going through a very dark and tough time in my life. It took me almost four years between writing and editing to get my book out. It took too long because I moved from one continent to another and I was finishing a ghostwriting gig. This won’t happen with my next book.
Twice The Demise is about an undertaker who is stuck in a love triangle. She is not your average undertaker. She lived a non-eventful life in her little goth bubble till her childhood best friend, Michael Nabakov, turned her world upside down. For many years, he had managed to keep his identity and motives under wraps. Polly is caught between her guilt with the familiarity of Michael’s presence and a strange yearning for his dark pursuer. Did I mention that Michael is a ballet dancer?
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