Joshua Lisec is an adventure-thriller novelist and author of The Phoenix Reich, first installment of the Max Meyers Adventure saga.
Joshua’s storytelling takes readers on extraordinary quests into the conspiracies and underworlds that haunt history. Told through the perspectives of relatable characters and interspersed with wit and insight, his epic novels illuminate the forgotten forces that lurk amongst us, forces that can only be confronted by those who struggle to rise from mediocre lives and embrace destinies that are nothing less than terribly wonderful.
Where were you born and where do you call home?
Dayton, Ohio, is the land from which I have come.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
The Phoenix Reich is the first installment of the Max Meyers Adventure series, an adventure-thriller saga featuring the emergence of a new kind of adventure hero. The Phoenix Reich is slated for release on March 30th by DonnaInk Publications. For the scoop on the book, check this out…
When underachieving college student Max Meyers learns that the death of his father, a popular United States Senator, has been prematurely ruled a suicide, he sets out on a mission to learn the truth—a mission that leads him to uncover an international conspiracy dating back to the final days of Nazi Germany.
If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Great question! One of the characters does, in fact, get a chance to speak for himself. I don’t want to give away the ending of the book, but let’s just say that Max Meyers has the opportunity to set the record straight…and give credit where credit is due. No more spoilers for now…
What books have influenced your writing?
In my teenage years, I experienced an obsession with the classic fantasy works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The thought of writing stories that would inspire and enlighten millions of people drove me to madness. In that case, the madness took the form of having a go at novel-writing. Epic fail. Fortunately, I discovered thriller author James Rollins while working at a library in 2009. After devouring his novelization of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I was hooked. I’d found my niche, and I’ve never looked back.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/paperback/hardcover)?
I am reading the eBook version of Timothy Ferriss’ The Four Hour Work Week to foster my passion for creative enterprise. I’ve also just started the paperback of Charles Brokaw’s The Temple Mount Code. Only recently has his work made its way across my radar, and I like what I see so far.
Are there any Authors that have grasped your interest recently and why?
Dan Brown. His next novel comes out May 14th. Enough said.
Any advice for other writers?
Write what you love, and never stop writing. Writing the wrong thing is better than writing nothing. Eventually, you will find the path you are created to take. Sometimes, you have to exhaust all the wrong avenues before the right one makes itself clear to you.
Favorite toy as a child?
Anything and everything from the Toy Story franchise.
An early childhood memory –
I chucked chocolate cake onto the floor on my first birthday. Why I did that, I do not know. I just remember it was fun to be messy. Friends of mine who’ve seen my office say that I haven’t changed a bit.
What do you normally eat for breakfast, of do you skip it and get straight to work?
I enjoy savoring the world’s best breakfast—Weetabix with whole milk. Throw some eggs on the side and dump a nice, juicy glob of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce on those babies, and you’re ready to conquer everything writer’s block can throw at you.
What are 4 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
Accoutrements I find indispensable on a day out are my navy blue pea coat, newsboy cap, and gold-rimmed aviators. That’s only three, but it works for me. J
Sleep in or get up early?
My most productive hours are between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM, so regardless of sleep schedule, I respect that time slot.
Laptop, desktop or old fashioned pen and paper for writing?
Laptop and desk, definitely. Every novel I never finished is written on scratch paper. The screen and keyboard are my friends.
Your thoughts on receiving book reviews – the good and the bad –
I heard a marketing guru once say that any publicity is good publicity. Nobody wants to read a book that has only perfect reviews. What’s the fun in that? Sucky reviews serve their purpose. Keep it real, peeps. Remember that bad reviews can be good reviews, and good reviews can be bad reviews. Balance is the key. So be balanced.
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
I have my eye on Jerusalem at the moment for certain “literary” reasons…
One of your favorite quotes –
“I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.” ― Toni Morrison
An actor or a book character you have a crush on -
I wouldn’t use the term “crush,” but let’s just say I consider the following actors to be unbelievably awesome… John Krasinski, Martin Freeman, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
The Phoenix Reich is available for pre-order in print format exclusively from DonnaInk Publications. Here’s the product page: http://www.donnaink.org/#!product/zoom1bxf/211078321/the-phoenix-reich
Where can your readers stalk you?
My blog: www.joshualisec.wordpress.com
My facebook page: www.facebook.com/JoshuaLisec
My Goodreads author page: www.goodreads.com/JoshuaLisec