I find the day-to-day world to be a little limited. I like to create worlds that are more interesting than this one.
What inspired your book?
I’ve always liked cartoons. I wanted to write a book that felt like a cartoon, but with a bit of a noir feel. I’d say the book is inspired by Wile E Coyote and The Simpsons meets Sin City.
How long have you been publishing your work?
I had a short story published in a literary journal in 2002. I had several more published and then decided to concentrate on novels.
What’s your writing environment like?
The room is never anything special. I tend to write best when I’m not supposed to be doing it.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m writing a romantic comedy. It’s about love and sex and how they’re related or not related or maybe related. It’s less surreal and ridiculous than Magno Girl, but it’s still absurd.
Joe Canzano’s interest in stories started at the age of three, when his mother read him Peter Rabbit. Unfortunately, his grandfather shot Peter and shoved him into a pot, convincing Joe at a young age to never write a story about a fuzzy animal. Through his school days, English was the only subject that didn’t put him to sleep. He has a BA in English from Rutgers University.
Joe once wrote a 10,000 line epic poem about an upscale madam and the secret agent who falls in love with her. He figured this would take the literary world by storm since there was nothing like it on the bestseller lists. He soon discovered there was good reason for this. As one editor said, “Epic poetry ain’t what it used to be.” Well, crap. Joe decided to write something else.
Joe’s hero is Wile E. Coyote because he keeps on trying, no matter how many times a big rock falls on his head.
Joe’s short stories have been published in the following places: Akashic Books Online, Happy Magazine, The Chrysalis Reader, The Wisconsin Review, Studio One, Pearl, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Quercus Review
Joe is a rock and roll singer, songwriter, and guitar player, and his stories and style are influenced as much by the Ramones and Lou Reed as they are by Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain, Elmore Leonard, Christopher Moore, and Tom Robbins.
Joe’s publishing company, Happy Joe Control, has several other novels to be released in the near future.
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