Josh has been a writer most of his life, beginning as a child in Minnesota and continuing to his current residence in the Appalachian foothills, which he shares with his bride of five decades and their ridiculously cute mutt. A graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism, Josh’s writing tastes quickly shifted away from reportage. His fiction has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Though he has focused primarily on novels for the past ten years, he has also produced a four-volume set of humorous textbooks on the craft of writing. These cover writing in general, novel and historical fiction, plus memoir. In addition, he’s had a pair of short story collections in the Amazon top 100 for genre fiction.
Josh has produced a number of contemporary thrillers and currently has eighteen novels on the market with more on the way. His two most recent novels, Primitives in Peril and Hyde and Zeke were published in the last two years. A Season Gone to the Dogs, Voices, and Garden Clubbed! were all released in 2020. His two most recent books in a series begin with a paranormal mystery/romance set in Atlanta during World War II (Oh, Bits!) and the sequel, Voices. His series about Mato, a 2-foot tall native American Indian (A Little Primitive, A Little More Primitive, and A Primitive in Paradise), has received rave reviews from a rapidly growing number of new fans. And so has Treason, Treason! an alternate history tale set in colonial America during the revolutionary war. Resurrection Blues, his first solo novel–about a little town in Alabama that shouldn’t exist–is still flying off the shelves.
Josh and Canadian writer/editor Barbara Galler-Smith, have co-authored four novels. These include the “Druids” trilogy (Druids, Captives, and Warriors) and Under Saint Owain’s Rock, a romantic comedy set in modern-day Wales. The Druid series, consisting of three intense historical fantasies, are all set in the first century BC.
Naked Notes!, his most recent non-fiction publication, is a companion to Write Naked!, The Naked Truth!, and The Naked Novelist!, his tradition-shattering textbooks on the art of writing. The books provide a combination of strategies and techniques for memoir- and fiction-writing mixed with outlandish humor and comical illustrations. Both books take writing out of the academic shadows and put it on stage with lights and a laugh track.
When not writing, or editing the work of others, Josh can usually be found teaching. His classes on fiction writing, memoir writing, and independent publishing fill up quickly, and his students keep coming back for more.
Josh’s passions–in addition to writing–are dominated by his five adorable grandchildren and his unquenchable desire to see the world. Look for future stories set in other locales he’s explored (like Australia, Argentina, and Norway). Expect to see a mixture of history and fantasy woven together with fast action, memorable characters, and sly humor.