Meet Joshua Marsella

Today, I would like to introduce you all to the author of Scratches, Joshua Marsella. His book was released in May of this year, and does not disappoint. I met him through Instagram, and hope some of you will give his work a chance, if you haven’t already done so. I am looking forward to more of his writing in the future!

The Q&A

What inspired you to start writing?

I have always enjoyed writing since I was very young but I didn’t give it a serious shot until this year after I read Stephen King On Writing. The simplistic way he lays out the process of writing and why people who love to read should give it a shot really hit home with me and I knew there was no better time then now. I also started reading more back last fall. Something just clicked in me and I was suddenly reading 4-5 books in a month. The more I read, the more interested I became in wanting to attempt to start writing my own stories. I started writing SCRATCHES in February 2020 and had it self-published by May 2020. It was an amazing feeling to hold a book I wrote in my hands.

What are you reading now?

I am currently reading The Patience of a Dead Man by Michael Clark and also beta reading Tome by Ross Jeffery. Both are excellent! My TBR pile is so enormous at the moment due to my inability to not buy every book that sounds good to me. I guess it’s not a terrible problem to have, but it sure is costly. I also picked up a Kindle recently so I can chip away at some of my Kindle books I’ve acquired over the years.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I originally wanted to be a marine biologist. I loved the ocean growing up and how mysterious it is. I ended up majoring in mental health and human services in college and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Maine in 2016. I never pictured myself being a stay-at-home dad which is my current occupation. It is both rewarding and extremely challenging. 

What is the most difficult part about writing for you?

Finding the time to actually sit and write. My two boys are 1 and 3 and they take up all my free time. I basically only get time to write in the evenings between 7pm and whatever time I go to bed. I notice that when I get a good flow going I’ll push myself to stay up late to get more writing done. Another challenge is not getting distracted. I have ADD and tend to be distracted by every little thing. Editing is also very challenging. It can be tedious and very time consuming. 

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with us?

I just finished up a short story called The Ghost Ship of Chesapeake Bay that I actually submitted a few weeks ago to hopefully be included in the upcoming Horror Writers of Maine Anthology Northern Frights. I really loved how the story came out and if it is not accepted, I’ll try submitting elsewhere or include it in a future anthology of my own. I am currently working on the prequel to SCRATCHES which will follow the antagonist and how hopefully explain how he got to be the way he is. I’m liking how it’s coming out so far and I hope to be finished up with it by the end of the summer or mid fall. 

 OK last question, but very important: do you prefer coffee or tea?

I am a bona fide coffee addict. Cream. No sugar. Dark or light roast. I’ll drink it at all hours of the day. Give me all the coffee! I love it for the taste, not for the energy.

Thank you so much for talking with me today!

Make sure to check out my review of Scratches on this blog.

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