Welcome Joe DiCicco, author of the shorts Feed My Queen and Some Call Me Fiend to the blog!
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Joe DiCicco and I currently reside in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, United States. I am 29 years old and I hold a degree in Natural Resources Conservation. I am a nature and animal lover as well as a musician and writer. I have a beautiful fiance Kaitlin.
2. What do you do when you are not writing?
I love being outdoors when I can, going for walks, hiking, camping, bird watching. I am also a horror movie buff, and enjoy playing bass. I spend as much time as I can with my fiance.
3. Do you have a day job as well?
I am currently searching for a trade school or apprenticeship to learn a skilled trade.
4. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I’ve been writing since a very young age, somewhere in grade school. I was weaving tales in my mind before I knew how to put them to paper. I finished my first actual story sometime in my teenage years, the exact age I’m not sure of. My first story was accepted to an online publication in the autumn of 2012 if I remember correctly.
5. Does writing come easy for you?
The ideas certainly do and most of the time the writing itself as well. I consider myself a bit of a perfectionist with my writing however, and often times I cannot finish a work until I am completely satisfied.
6. Where do you get your ideas?
Past events I have experienced in my life, stories I have heard from others over the years, dreams sometimes give me ideas. Occasionally an idea will come to me seemingly out of nowhere, but most likely all ideas come from somewhere, even subconciously.
7. Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Occasionally, yes. Thankfully not too often.
8. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I almost always work with an outline. I will often write down a despcriptive scene-by-scene outline and then expand from there.
9. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Absolutely. Growing up, my mother was real big into Stephen King so I was exposed to his writing at a young age. Lovecraft was another huge influence on me as a writer. Tolkien and Poe also played major roles. More recently, I dabbled in some works by P.K. Dick and Steinbeck.
10. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Well, for me the biggest challenge is waiting for a response. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with mostly acceptance on the still small amount of work I have put forth, but it’s always the wait for a response, which can be quite lengthy, that I find the most taxing.
11. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?
Well I am a short story writer for the most part, not a novelist, but the same rules still apply mostly. Probably only my first story I submitted, ‘Nightwing’ which I mistakenly submitted a draft that was a bit rougher instead of the final draft which I originally intended to send. The rougher draft was published anyway which had a quite a few errors.