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Welcome Joe Cosentino

A big welcome to Joe Cosentino and congratulations on your new release Drama Queen.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing?
Probably one of the reasons my writing is so full of drama is that I started out as an actor working in film, television, and theatre opposite stars like Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, Jason Robards, and Nathan Lane. That led to playwriting and ultimately becoming a novelist. As my ninety year old mother asked me, “Don’t you have anything better to do than write books?” I wonder if Shakespeare’s mother asked that. Hah. Actually, I am also a college professor/department head like Martin Anderson in my Nicky and Noah comedy mystery series. I love including comedy, mystery, drama, and romance in everything I write—just like in life!

Can you tell us about your new release? What inspired you to write it?
I was thinking how much we could all use a good laugh, a challenging brain twister, and a bit of romance. I also wanted to write the kind of book I like reading. Drama Queen (the first Nicky and Noah mystery) is funny, theatrical, sexy, wild, and wacky with a solid mystery full of plot twists and turns at its center. While the characters and setting are fictitious, it is inspired by my life as a college theatre professor—though thankfully nobody has been murdered at my college!

How did you come up with the title?
The leading characters, Nicky and Noah, are gay college theatre professors who use their theatrical skills, including impersonating other people, to find out why their colleagues in the theatre department are being murdered. As Nicky and Noah fall in love with one another, hopefully the reader falls in love with them—and sorts through the clues to solve the murder with them. Drama Queen seemed like the perfect title.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I come from a very funny Italian American family, so humor has always been a large part of my life. It was, however, a bit of a challenge to make this book so funny throughout. Readers tell me they laugh hysterically when reading it, which makes me happy.

Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
I’ve always been a huge Agatha Christie fan. I learned from her the importance of including clues, red herrings, surprises, inversion, and a shocking but justifiable ending. I also love reading Armistead Maupin’s books. From him I learned the joy of having quirky, unusual, loveable characters.

Are there any characters that you write, that are based on you, or people you know?
Quite a number of my characters are based on me. Hear that, film producers! Here’s the list: Martin Anderson the department head in the Nicky and Noah series, Simon Huckby the agent in the Jana Lane series, Mr. Ringwood the high school principal in An Infatuation, Professor Katzer the acting professor in A Shooting Star, and Sean Guile in Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back. Stuart and Harold in An Infatuation are based on younger versions of my spouse and me. Mario is based on a number of guys I knew as an actor who everyone worshipped and adored.

Are there people in your life that annoy you, and you write into your books?
My colleagues at my college tease me that if they bother me I will kill them in one of the Nicky and Noah mysteries. Many of my characters are compilations of people I’ve known or met. Some of my characters are pure fabrications. In every case he/she is fascinating.

What are your writing and personal goals for 2015 and beyond?
I have five releases coming out this year. This fall Dreamspinner Press is releasing my new romance novella, A Shooting Star, which also takes place on a college campus, this one in Colorado. In December Dreamspinner Press is publishing my holiday romance novella, A Home for the Holidays, which takes place in one of my favorite places, Capri, Italy. They are also publishing my gay fairytales, The Naked Prince and Other Tales from Fairyland in the winter. Lethe Press is publishing Drama Muscle (the second Nicky and Noah mystery) sometime this fall. Porcelain Doll (the second Jana Lane mystery) should also be published sometime this fall. I have completed the third in each of those series as well. I am currently writing a new romance novel, Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back. Obviously, I am very prolific! My personal goal is to try to stay on top of all the editing and publicizing!

What are you working on at present? Would you like to share a snippet?
Here is the beginning of Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back.

The fog lifted over Cozzi Cove like a bad dream. A ball of gold turned the gray sky into ribbons of pink, indigo, and finally sky-blue. Cal Cozzi stood on the cool white sand, breathed in the crisp sea air, smiled at the noisy seagulls overhead, and gazed at the sparkling water dancing around the rocks. He looked out at the lighthouse in the distance, and sighed in contentment as familiar, strong arms wrapped around his torso.

“There’s no place I’d rather be but here,” Cal said.

Lance Wiley squeezed Cal’s broad back into his own welcoming chest. “Me too.”

Do you get emails asking why characters didn’t get together and whether you’re going to write more about them?
So many readers loved An Infatuation, and begged for a sequel, which I really appreciated. While I didn’t write a sequel, I did write another Bittersweet Dreams novella, A Shooting Star, releasing this fall. Also, two of the minor characters from An Infatuation have major roles in Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, which I am writing now. I love to hear from readers via my web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com.

Thank you so much for the interview, Anne. It is always a pleasure. Best wishes to you with your books as well!


DRAMA QUEEN (a Nicky and Noah mystery)
a comedy/mystery/romance novel
by JOE COSENTINO
from Lethe Press
paperback and ebook available now in all formats
audiobook coming soon
purchase links:

Purchase the paperback from Lethe Press at: http://www.lethepressbooks.com/store/p303/Drama_Queen%3A_A_Nicky_and_Noah_Mystery.html
Purchase the paperback from Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Drama-Queen-Nicky-Noah-Mystery/dp/1590214676/
Purchase the ebook from Smashwords at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/546002
Purchase the Kindle from Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Drama-Queen-Nicky-Noah-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00YCJSEJO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432850588&sr=1-1

It could be curtains for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodies popping up all over campus, Nicky must use his drama skills to figure out who is playing the role of murderer before it is lights out for Nicky and his colleagues. Complicating matters is Nicky’s huge crush on Noah Oliver, a gorgeous assistant professor in his department, who may or may not be involved with a cocky graduate assistant...and is also the top suspect for the murders! You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat, delightfully entertaining novel. Curtain up!

Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (June 6, 2015)
Language: English
Cover Design: Ben Baldwin
ISBN-10: 1590214676
ISBN-13: 978-1590214671
Release date: June 6, 2015


Excerpt:
I left my students to their private discussion and joined my young graduate assistant seated on a red velvet bench in a turreted area of the lobby. As I dug into my sizable piece of cake, Scotty leaned into me like a cat facing a sardine, “Since it looks like the tech rehearsal will run late, I can teach your morning Theatre History class tomorrow.”

“That won’t be necessary, Scotty.” Just stick your finger down your throat then head to the gym as usual.

“With teaching your classes, assessing and updating curriculum, going to faculty meetings, advising students, writing your articles, advising the theatre club, and directing plays, I worry that you may get sick.”

You’d unleash the bubonic plague if it meant getting my job. I patted his shaved and oiled knee, and said a la Margo Channing, “I’m fine, Scotty. Just leave your notes on tonight’s performance in my office box tomorrow.”

“Am I too late for the party?” My knees dipped as Noah Oliver took off his coat and scarf and stood next to me. “Happy birthday, Nicky!” He winked at me.

Maybe we can adopt seven children, run away to the hills, and start a family singing act.

Scotty leapt from his seat like it was a pogo stick. “Have a piece of cake, Noah. No nuts!”
I beg your pardon?

“Thanks for remembering, Scotty.” Noah sat between Scotty and me and dug into the creamy wonder. Was that a familiar smile between Scotty and Noah?!

Scotty explained as if he was Noah’s husband, “Noah is allergic to nuts, Nicky.”
Hopefully not to mine.

Noah took me in with his baby blue eyes. Did I notice a look of lust in them? “How’s the show going?”

What show? Oh! “We’re all exhausted, frazzled, panicked, and certain of a great opening night.”

Noah squeezed my hand. “You’re an amazing director. The creative way you move your characters around the stage, how the elements of design compliment the story, and your unique vision is thrilling to watch. I expect nothing short of brilliance in this production.” Noah beamed with pride. “And you have some powerful student actors in the show.” Scotty collected our empty plates. “Noah is a terrific acting teacher.” He gazed at Noah with pure adoration. “The students are lucky to have you.”

Since theatre is a collaborative art, I said, “Tyler’s execution of David’s scenic design is amazing, and as usual Tyler has been a total work horse. Ariella’s costumes have an incredible gothic look, but they’re light enough for the students to move around in them.”
Noah whispered in my ear, and I restrained myself from throwing myself on top of him. “Can I speak to you about something…personal?”

“Sure.” How about a June wedding?

Joe Cosentino is the author of Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), An Infatuation (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Drama Muscle the second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press novella), A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella), and Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery.

Web site: http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00KRPXJP6

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