With Author, Joe Siccardi
Courtesy of “Author Voices”
Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?
Born and raised in Paterson, NJ. Currently retired and living in Romulus, NY.
If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?
I started a 52-year newspaper career (reporter, editor, owner/publisher) at the Paterson News with stops at newspapers in Newton, NJ; Belvidere, IL; Toledo, OH; Washington, DC; and Seneca County, NY. I retired to Dover-Foxcroft, ME, where I wrote three books. I am currently visiting my children/grandchildren/great-grandchildren.
What made you decide to write and publish your first book?
After selling my newspaper, I had the time for “fun” writing.
How would you describe your books to first-time readers?
They are Christian-based, but not directed exclusively to Christian audiences. The novella (Heaven Shining Through) and latest followup novel (My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through) are fiction dealing with real life. The non-fiction is a collection of short stories (Wisdom From a Father … one dad’s thoughts on life) also dealing with real-life issues.
Who do you feel is most likely to connect with the topics you write about?
I think just about anyone can relate. The stories are affirming. I think young women and mothers could relate to the fiction; dads the non-fiction.
What unexpected or surprising thing did you learn during the process of writing and publishing?
I don’t think it was unexpected, but the amount of rewriting surprised me.
While writing you’re constantly re-writing…
refining… adding… deleting.
If you could, what advice would you give to your past self before embarking on this journey?
Write for yourself. Enjoy the process.
Don’t get discouraged.
How many people would you ideally like to reach with your books?
Obviously, we all want to be best-selling authors, but I would
be happy if my message-oriented books
touched just one person and made a difference in their life.
What has been the biggest challenge and frustration during the process to date?
Marketing. Definitely marketing. Getting the books to the right audience.
What are your biggest strengths when it comes to a book ) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
Being in the writing business for 50+ years, my biggest strengths are editing and story flow. I also understand the publishing aspects (terminology, processes, etc.) and I know how to market.
What’s your biggest weakness when it comes to a book ) writing, b) publishing and c) marketing?
The biggest weaknesses are recognizing when a rewrite is necessary, choosing a publishing platform (traditional vs. self) and reaching the right market.
When do you think you will write your next book?
I’m actually working on Volume 2 of the non-fictional short stories… Wisdom From a Father… one dad’s thoughts on life and the follow-up.
Lastly. Are you self published or did
you use a hybrid publisher or a traditional publisher?
I’ve used all three…Traditional (Xulon) for Heaven Shining Through; hybrid — cover and niche marketing (Higher Ground Books & Media) for My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through)– I self-published for Wisdom From a Father… one dad’s thoughts on life. My new release of “My Name
Is Sam” I also self-published.
Release Date: August 25, 2019
Sit down with a cup of coffee or a nice wine and visit with Sam as she shares a lifetime of memories in this new Christian-themed fictional memoir. My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through is a follow-up to the breakout novella, Heaven Shining Through. It introduces Sam (Samantha), her family and friends in more detail than the original, and picks up where the novella left off. I hope readers get to know Sam as a friend, a life long friend. Share her life … complete with some drama, some humor, some heart tugs. Just a free-willed suburban Jersey girl trying to figure out this journey called life with the presence of God in her ordinary life as the underlying theme.
Joe Siccardi has been an editorial writer, editor, and publisher for 52 years and posts a blog at https://wisdomfromafather.com/. As he states, “I’m the ordinary Joe walking along this journey called life and sharing it with you!” He is the proud father of five children, 18 grandchildren, and four great-granddaughters. He currently lives in Dover-Foxcroft, ME, afterlife experiences in Paterson, Totowa, Ogdensburg and Newton, NJ; Belvidere, IL; Toledo, OH; Washington, DC; Laurel, MD; and Seneca Falls and Willard (Romulus), NY. He has written three books, My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through, an expansion of his novella, Heaven Shining Through, and the nonfiction
Wisdom From a Father … one ad’s thoughts on life, a collection of short stories culled and updated from the blog of the same name.