I’m really happy to have Joe Cosentino back with us today. He usually has a wonderful blog post to entertain us with, but for today I thought it would be fun to mix it up a little.
Today it is Interview time and we get to find out a little more about the man and his collection of books.
My spouse, my writing, vitamins (like Nicky in the Nicky and Noah mysteries), great food, and Zeb Atlas.
What would you like your readers to know about you that is unique and even a bit personal?
I’m a college theatre professor/department head (like Martin Anderson in the Nicky and Noah mysteries). My colleagues and students kid me that if any of them tick me off, I will kill them in a novel. Hah. Prior to that I acted with Holland Taylor in the ABC-TV movie MY MOTHER WAS NEVER A KID, Charles Keating on NBC-TV’s ANOTHER WORLD, Jason Robards in a Commercial Credit Computer commercial, Rosie O’Donnell in an AT&T Industrial, and Bruce
Willis and Nathan Lane in plays on stage. I’d love to see my books made into films or television series!
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
My spouse and I have been all over the US, Alaska, Hawaii, and most of Europe.
The third Nicky and Noah mystery, DRAMA CRUSIE (releasing in six months), was prompted by our recent cruise to Alaska.
What would be your best advice to new writers?
Write about what you know about and what moves you. I love reading and writing stories with engaging characters who I want to spend time with. Just as I did improvisation as an actor, I recommend letting your characters talk to one another and seeing what happens. An outline is simply an outline. Don’t be afraid to deviate from it. When a reader finishes a book, he/she should be satisfied that the various parts equaled the whole, rather than the author pulling an ending out of the hat. Finally, while a sad ending is fine, don’t forget the humor!
Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?
I write about what I know about—the entertainment industry and academia. My style is quite theatrical and from the heart with lots of humor. I’ve been told that makes me stand out in the pack (for better or worse-hah).
On that note, what would you have done differently if you could do it again?
Not worry about reviews! Most of my reviews and reader response have been incredibly positive, which fuel my writing. What a gift it is for a reader to post a positive review on Amazon or Goodreads, relating how something I’ve written has moved them, made them laugh, made them cry, think about something new, or changed their life. I can’t think of anything better. As for the few bad reviews, I don’t read them. As my mother always told me, if you don’t have something nice to say about somebody, don’t say anything. I can’t imagine why anyone would continue reading a book after chapter one if he/she doesn’t like it. Just put it down and read something else. Why attack a book someone has poured his/her blood, sweat, and tears into? In any case, it’s their karma. Worrying about them doesn’t help, so why bother?
Some of our readers might not know much about your books. Are you able to tell us a bit about them? And what’s next?
If I can’t tell you a bit about my books, who can? Hah. My pleasure.
AN INFATUATION (Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for 2nd Place LGBT Romance Novel) is loosely based on my high school years and attending my high school reunion. A SHOOTING STAR is loosely based on my time as a theatre major in college. Both novellas did so well as e-books that Dreamspinner Press is publishing them together in paperback releasing March 21.
My holiday e-book novella from Dreamspinner Press, A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, is loosely based on my amazing trip to the gorgeous, magical, and romantic island of Capri, Italy.
THE NAKED PRINCE AND OTHER TALES FROM FAIRYLAND, releases from Dreamspinner Press as an e-book on January 27. As I read and reread my favorite fairytales, I was saddened to see no openly gay characters in any of my favorite stories. I asked myself, ‘Why aren’t there any gay people in fairyland? Why couldn’t a peasant boy fall in love with a prince? Wouldn’t a tired, hungry, homeless blond boy seek refuge in a house with three bears? What was Pinocchio’s growing appendage trying to tell him? Did Jack enjoy his time with the Giant more than he let on? Could the Snow Queen be a handsome, frigid prince? What’s the good of fairy dust without any fairies?’ So this is my gay spin on my favorite fairytales. The novella is chock full of humor, romance, adventure, and fantasy.
Hear that Disney! “The Naked Prince” is a different take on the Cinderella story.
Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Will Cinder and Prince Charming confront their manipulative mothers, bring equality to the kingdom, find themselves, and find one another? In “The Golden Rule,” when he is caught with nimble Jack, eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden is thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents. With nowhere else to go, he breaks into the home of three men living on Bear Mountain. Bo and Butch enjoy having a young roommate, but Ben isn’t convinced. Will Gideon and Ben make vinegar or honey? “Whatever Happened To … ?” takes place on Christmas Eve. A reporter living on Andersen Lane interviews a celebrity for the Queen Newspaper series, “What Ever Happened To … .” Friction ensues between the celebrity with the growing appendage who can’t tell fact from fiction, and the reporter who has a thing for giants. Eventually a romantic spark is lit between the two as Christmas Day arrives, and they realize they have more in common than living in Fairyland.
Finally in “Ice Cold,” after losing their families during the great ice storm in the northernmost kingdom of Fairyland, young Gaelen and Kieran pledged their love for one another. When Isidore rides into Frost Village on his elaborate sleigh, Kieran follows the handsome prince to his castle in Arctic Kingdom, where Kieran becomes Isidore’s bewitched slave. This leads Gaelen on an amazing adventure to find his true love and melt his frozen heart.
My Nicky and Noah mystery series from Lethe Press is a farcical, gay, cozy, who-dun-it. In DRAMA QUEEN (winner of Divine Magazine’s Readers’ Poll Best MM Mystery, Best Crime, Best Contemporary, and Best Humorous Book of 2015) theatre college professors are dropping like stage curtains. With the inept local detective more interested in getting into Nicky’s pants than solving the murders, it is up to well-endowed Directing professor, Nicky Abbondanza, to use his theatre skills (including playing other people) to solve the case, while he directs a murder mystery onstage. Complicating matters is Nicky’s intense crush on Assistant Professor of Acting, gorgeous Noah Oliver. In DRAMA MUSCLE Nicky and Noah have to use their theatre skills to find out why musclemen are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. In DRAMA CRUISE (not released yet), Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre
show onboard ship.
I also have a mystery series, the Jana Lane mysteries, with straight leading characters and gay supporting characters. In PAPER DOLL (Whiskey Creek Press), Jana at thirty-eight lives with her family in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York. Her flashbacks from the past become murder attempts in her future. Forced to summon up the lost courage she had as a child, Jana ventures back to Hollywood, which helps her uncover a web of secrets about everyone she loves. She also embarks on a romance with the devilishly handsome son of her old producer, Rocco Cavoto. In PORCELAIN DOLL (The Wild Rose Press releasing March 15), Jana makes a comeback film and uncovers who is being murdered on the set and why. Her heart is set aflutter by her incredibly gorgeous co-star, Jason Apollo. In SATIN DOLL (not yet released from The Wild Rose Press), Jana and family head to Washington, DC, where Jana plays a US senator in a new film, and becomes embroiled in a murder and corruption at the senate chamber. She also embarks on a romance with Chris Bruno, the muscular detective.
In CHINA DOLL (not yet released from The Wild Rose Press), Jana heads to New York City to star in a Broadway play, enchanted by her gorgeous co-star Peter Stevens, and faced with murder on stage and off. Since the novels take place in the 1980’s, Jana’s best friends are gay, and Jana is somewhat of a gay activist, the AIDS epidemic is a large part of the novels.
Finally, I have a new series of novels set in a gay beach resort called Cozzi Cove.
Though I hide under a beach umbrella due to my fair skin, I love the beach! Nine Star Press is publishing COZZI COVE: BOUNCING BACK and COZZI COVE: MOVING FORWARD soon about handsome Cal Cozzi and his gay resort at the New Jersey shore.
Talk to us about working with a publisher, through your experiences as an author. Why did you go down this route? And, on the whole, was it a positive or negative experience?
Since I write in different genres and MM and MF, I’ve worked with four different publishers, and they were all quite different! While the profit percentage is higher and you can make all the decisions yourself if you self-publish, I highly recommend working with a publisher. They can help guide you, get reviews, and connect you with other writers.
How did your family and friends respond, when you told them that you wrote in the M/M genre?
My mother said, “Don’t you have anything better to do than sit home at night and write books? Do people actually buy them?” I wonder if Stephen King’s mother said that. Hah. Actually, my entire family, friends, colleagues, students, and congregants at my open and affirming church all love my books and kid me that I write them faster than they can read them.
Quick Fire Questions:
Hairy or Smooth? Smooth (like the bodybuilders in DRAMA MUSCLE)
Daytime or Nighttime? Nighttime (when I write)
Favorite Vacation Destination? (the amazing Capri, Italy as in A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS)
- Book Title: The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland
- Book Series: Standalone
- Author: Joe Cosentino
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (January 27, 2016)
- Book Length: 105 pages
- Genre: Fantasy, Romance
- Posting Date: January 15, 2016
Cinder, a poor and beautiful young man who designs clothing, makeup, and hair for his stepmother and stepsisters, offers his clothing and slippers to a naked stranger in the woods, who turns out to be none other than Prince Charming. Follow Cinder and Prince Charming in this twist on the classic Cinderella tale as they discover their inner strengths and find their very own happily ever after.
Enjoy The Naked Prince and three other reimagined tales from Fairyland, each with a unique spin on stories we all know and love, including The Golden Rule, where eighteen-year-old Gideon Golden, after being thrown out of his home in Fairyland by his homophobic parents, breaks into the cottage of three burly men on Bear Mountain.
In Whatever Happened To…?, friction ensues between a celebrity with a growing appendage and a reporter who has a thing for giants.
And in Ice Cold, young Gaelen must save his love, Kieran, after a handsome but evil prince freezes Kieran’s heart and bewitches him into being the prince’s slave.
Joe Cosentino – He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, Charles Keating, and Jason Robards. Joe received his MFA from Goddard College in Vermont, and MA from SUNY New Paltz. He is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York.
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