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 four decades and their ridiculously cute puppy. 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, and he currently has two short story collections in the Amazon top 100 for genre fiction.
Josh has branched out more recently into contemporary thrillers and currently has six such titles on the market with a seventh on the way. His most recent novel, The 12,000-year-old Whisper was released in October, 2015, and features a pair of love stories, one of which is the oldest in North America. 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.
The Naked Truth!, his most recent non-fiction publication, is a companion to Write Naked! his tradition-shattering textbook 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.