Getting to Know the Author: Joe Cosentino, Part 2
This is the second part of a two-part interview.
Who is your favorite character? Why?
Yikes! That’s like asking who is my favorite child, though my mother would have no problem picking my sister, the accountant, who has a “real” job. Hah. My leading character in the Cozzi Cove beach series is Cal Cozzi. Cal, short for Calvin, is thirty years old, tall, and muscular. His Italian and Scottish heritage left him with auburn hair, emerald-green eyes, a strong nose, and olive skin. He dabbled as a professional football player then restaurant owner, but neither was a good fit. After Cal’s parents died in an automobile accident, he found his calling: managing Cozzi Cove in the New Jersey shore town named after his great-grandfather. Sensing Cal’s sexual orientation as a boy, Cal’s father had turned Cozzi Cove into a gay resort. With his father gone, Cal is honored to follow in his footsteps. I love Cal’s strength, courage, honesty, sense of loyalty, connection to his roots, and commitment to his family and friends. I also adore Connor, the college student assisting Cal, who is packed with muscles and hormones. His flings at the cove are a hoot. Connor is in for a big surprise in book three, which I love. And Cal’s Type A sister, Taylor, makes me laugh out loud. Tommy, the tattooed, bald, muscular bartender, is so sweet. And I had great fun in book one writing the characters of the virgin gay romance novelist and the gay porn star, and the rival actors in book two. And the merman! I could go on and on.
What is your favorite genre to write? To read? Why?
As my readers know, my books are full of humor, drama, romance, mystery, plot twists and turns, and surprise endings with multifaceted, quirky and captivating characters in enticing locations. It’s the combination of elements, with the gay twist of course, that holds my interest as a writer and a reader.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing with the intent to publish?
Having my plays produced was a wonderful collaborative process, but I missed the art of writing my own stories. I did the happy dance in my study when I received the first email of acceptance from a publisher for one of my stories.
What is your favorite snack?
My husband makes the most amazing humus .
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Three months start to finish.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Most of my reviews and reader response have been incredibly positive, which fuel my writing. What a gift it is for a reader to post a positive review on Amazon or Goodreads, relating how something I’ve written has moved them, made them laugh, made them cry, think about something new, or changed their life. I can’t think of anything better. As for the few bad reviews, I don’t read them. As my mother always told me, if you don’t have something nice to say about somebody, don’t say anything. I can’t imagine why anyone would continue reading a book after chapter one if he/she doesn’t like it. Just put it down and read something else. Why attack a book someone has poured his/her blood, sweat, and tears into? As the saying goes, just say no.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” Oscar Wilde
What is your favorite quote?
“visiting Cozzi Cove is like coming home or revisiting a beloved holiday destination. I know everyone, by now, who is a permanent fixture and I sincerely hope that Cosentino continues this series forever. As before, the characters are a hoot. They’re a mixture of funny, quirky, sad, lonely individuals who come together to make a riotously brilliant cast.” Divine Magazine
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?
I’m a real romantic. Reading my books makes me laugh, cry, feel romantic, and the plots of the stories surprise me every time!
What is your definition of a happily ever after?
My spouse and I who have been together for forty years. We met when I was five. Hah.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Everyone tells me my novels read like movies or television shows. I agree that Cozzi Cove would make a terrific television series. So TV producers, make me an offer! Also, I love hearing from readers. They can contact me at: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
So grab your Speedos, suntan lotion, and shades and head to Cozzi Cove. Sexy Cal Cozzi has a bungalow waiting just for you. I hope to see you there!