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20 Questions with Joseph Spencer, author of WRAGE

Joseph Spencer

As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.

Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.

Joseph was married to Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph is hard at work on the rest of the series. Book 2 – Wrage – was released June 1, 2013.  The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from “The Princess Bride”, “Rain Man”, “Bridesmaids”, and “Office Space.”

Visit his website at www.JosephBSpencer.com.

20 questions

  1. Are you a morning writer or a night writer? I’m definitely a night writer. I’ve worked third shift a lot in my career, so it’s made me a night owl.
  2. 0989Do you outline or are you a pantster? I start with some structure of what I want to accomplish in each chapter and scene, but then I let the characters take me where they want to go
  3. Which comes first – plot or character? I think it all starts with engaging characters. Once you have the players to drive the action, you can figure out what they’re doing.
  4. Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript? I can’t focus with a lot of noise.
  5. Favorite TV show? My top five are probably The Following, Dexter, Supernatural, Elementary and Castle.
  6. Favorite type of music? I’m a classic rocker for sure.
  7. Favorite craft besides writing? I love to cook, especially in a slow cooker.
  8. Do you play a musical instrument? No, but my wife was part of the Marching Illini when she attended the University of Illinois.
  9. Single or married? I’ve been married for the past year and a half to a veterinary doctor and cat lover.

10. Children or no? No. My wife’s health won’t allow us to have children. We are undecided right now about adopting.

11. Pets? We’ve got a 16-year-old orange tabby named Murphy.

12. Favorite place to write? I love to write from my big comfy green recliner in our living room with my laptop in my lap.

13. Favorite restaurant? As far as casual dining, I’d probably say Arby’s. I also enjoy Red Lobster when we got to a sit-down dinner.

14. Do you work outside the home? Yes. I work as a manager at the 9-1-1 emergency communications center where we live in Peoria, Ill.

15. What was the name of the last movie you saw? My wife and I just watched Elysium starring Matt Damon. It was a creative social commentary with a little bit of action and gore thrown in. I would recommend it.

16. Favorite outdoor activity? My wife and I like to go for walks, especially when we are traveling. It’s a nice way to get a bit of exercise and take in some new sights.

17. Pet peeve? I’m impatient, so I get aggravated when drivers don’t use turn signals or drive a lot slower than the speed limit.

18. Your goal in life? I’d like to eventually become a full-time writer. It’s so difficult when you’re working 50 to 60 hours per week in your full-time job to have the time and energy to crank out a manuscript, too.

19. Your most exciting moment? My wife and I went to Paris for our honeymoon, and it was the first time I’d been out of the country. It was exhilarating to experience another culture and its treasures.

20. The love of your life? My wife Amy and literature. I don’t understand how anyone can truly be bored with such bound treasures at your fingertips.

About the Book:

WrageSometimes the toughest fight lies within yourself.

As more dark secrets come to light, the battle for souls pushes Prairieville to the brink of war in the living and supernatural realms.

Jeff Wrage swears a blood oath to Abaddon, the supernatural avenger of murder victims, to hunt the crooked cop who butchered his wife. Jeff wonders whether he can be the executioner Abaddon requires. Their pact throws the supernatural realm in chaos and threatens to trigger an apocalyptic fight for control of the afterlife between the Sons of Darkness and Sons of Light foretold in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Orlando Marino sees the death of Cyrus Black as his opportunity to restore the Marino family’s stronghold in Prairieville’s organized crime scene and become a mob kingpin. He unleashes a plague, turning its victims into mindless followers. Cyrus’ heir is busy rooting out a traitor and is unable to stop the coming turf war in the realm of man.

The fate of all rests with Homicide Detective Anna Duke, who steps into the shoes of her mentor while coming to terms with unrequited love. As she tries to clear the fallen hero’s name, she takes on a case where corpses go missing. Her new partner is reported dead. She learns the truth about her true identity and uncovers a trail of secrets questioning her tragic past. She journeys to avert the destruction of all creation.


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