Here is an interview with Joe Cosentino, author of Drama Dance.
Please find it below.
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
Hi, I’m Joe Cosentino originally from New Jersey, but I’ve been living in New York for many years. My parents can’t understand why I left New Jersey. My mother said recently, “We have clean air, honest politicians, and terrific malls. What more do you want?”
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
Drama Dance, the 8th Nicky and Noah mystery novel. Like most of my books, and like life, the novel includes mystery, humor, drama, and sweet MM romance.
3) What is the book about?
Theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza is back at Treemeadow College directing their Nutcracker Ballet co-starring his spouse, theatre professor Noah Oliver, their son Taavi, and their best friend and department head, Martin Anderson. With muscular dance students and faculty in the cast, the Christmas tree on stage isn’t the only thing rising. When cast members drop faster than their loaded dance belts, Nicky and Noah once again use their drama skills to figure out who is cracking the Nutcracker’s nuts, trapping the Mouse King, and being cavalier with the Cavalier, before Nicky and Noah end up stuck in the Land of the Sweets.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
I’m a college theatre professor/department chair like Martin Anderson in my Nicky and Noah mystery series. As a huge mystery buff, I was sitting in my office and thinking how there are so few cozy gay mystery series out there. So, having written a successful cozy mystery series with straight leading characters and gay supporting characters, The Jana Lane Mystery Series (The Wild Rose Press), I decided to write a cozy mystery series with gay leading characters and straight supporting characters. Since the theatre department at a college campus is loaded with mystery, humor, romance, and definitely drama, I decided to set the series there. The location I selected was Vermont, a cozy state with green pastures, white church steeples, glowing lakes, and friendly and accepting people. Fictitious Treemeadow College (named after its gay founders, couple Tree and Meadow) is the perfect setting for a cozy mystery with its white Edwardian buildings, low white stone fences, lake and mountain views, and cherry wood offices with tall leather chairs and fireplaces. After the first novel, Drama Queen, was released, it was voted Favorite LGBT Mystery Novel of the Year by the readers of Divine Magazine. Reviewers called it “laugh out loud funny,” “loaded with sexy shenanigans,” “a brilliant brain teaser with sweet romance,” and “a combination of Murder She Wrote, The Hardy Boys, Hart to Hart, and a British farce.” The second novel, Drama Muscle, won a Rainbow Award Honorable Mention. As Nicky would say, I was happier than a priest at altar boy induction! So I kept writing. My faculty colleagues and students kid me that if any of them tick me off, I’ll kill them in my next book. And I may! Since my spouse and I have travelled extensively, those situations pop up in the series when Nicky and Noah go to Alaska (Drama Cruise), Hawaii (Drama Luau), and Scotland (Drama Castle/Rainbow Award Honorable Mention). I hear other things pop up as well when the readers read Nicky and Noah’s love scenes. The other novels in the series so far are Drama Detective (Rainbow Award Honorable Mention) and Drama Fraternity. This eighth book, Drama Dance, came about because I love the Nutcracker Ballet! I couldn’t resist having Nicky direct and co-star (as the Mouse King) opposite his husband Noah (the Cavalier), son Taavi (Fritz), and best friend and department head Martin (Drosselmeyer) in Treemeadow College’s renowned production of The Nutcracker. Since it is Treemeadow College after all, there are lots of cracked nuts as characters and the yule tide are definitely gay. As in each Nicky and Noah mystery, there are more murders than (as Nicky would say) conservative politicians hidden in the stalls of public men’s rooms. There are also plenty of scenes that will touch your heart. Here are the major purchase links:
Drama Faerie, the 9th Nicky and Noah mystery, releases February 1, 2020.
5) How long did it take you to write it?
Since I work during the day, I write late into the night. My home study is very much like Martin Anderson’s office at Treemeadow College including a fireplace with a cherry wood mantel and a cherry wood desk and bookcase. I also have a window seat beneath a large window/gateway to the woods. Each Nicky and Noah mystery takes me three months to write from (definitely not immaculate) conception to final edit.
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Yes, that I have a really unique and wild sense of humor.
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog? How about a book video?
I love to hear from readers! Anyone can message me via my website at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com. I use Goodreads for my blog: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4071647.Joe_Cosentino. I’m also on
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JoeCosentinoauthor, Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoeCosen, and Amazon: Author.to/JoeCosentino. You can see a scene acted out from one of my books, Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back, the first Cozzi Cove novel (NineStar Press) at http://www.JoeCosentino.weebly.com/video.
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
Don’t listen to naysayers. Get in front of the computer and start writing your unique story. Don’t copy anyone. Find the magic within yourself. Write what you know and feel passionate about. Write every day. Don’t be afraid to take chances. When you have a story you think is perfect, ask someone you trust to read it and give you their thoughts. Then after doing another draft, email it to an agent, publisher who has an open submissions policy and who publishes the kind of story you’ve written, or publish it yourself. If you are writing a mystery, introduce the clues early then add in the red herrings, plot twists and turns, and shocking yet justifiable ending. And don’t forget the humor, drama, and romance! You need to fall in love with your characters or nobody else will. I also include political and spiritual content in my books, which is great fun for me, and the readers seem to enjoy. I’ve been lucky enough to work with terrific editors and cover artists for my books published by Dreamspinner Press (In My Heart Series, Tales from Fairyland Series, Bobby and Paolo Holiday Stories Series, and the upcoming At Last Series), NineStar Press (Cozzi Cove series), and The Wild Rose Press (the Jana Lane Mysteries Series). Since the Nicky and Noah Mysteries Series is my baby, I self-publish those. My husband does my editing and cover design. And we’re still happily married!
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I read everything I can get my hands on. Cozy mysteries are my favorites though. When I was a kid, I had terrible insomnia. Believe it or not, reading cozy mysteries helped me to sleep! I think it was the satisfaction of solving the puzzles. I’m always happy to read and review new authors. I encourage readers to post a reader rating and review of my books on Amazon, Goodreads, and Audible. That’s how people find out about books. It’s like applauding for an actor at the curtain call. Reviews of my books are generally very good. I don’t read the few negative reviews. If you don’t like a book, stop reading it after chapter one and read something else, rather than posting a low rating and mean review. Remember folks, karma can be a bitch! What you put out there, you very well may get right back at you. Writers don’t do it for the money. We do it for the love of our books and our readers. We put our hearts out there to be embraced not stamped on. Think about that the next time you post a reader comment.
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
Drama Queen. Kidding! Separate Peace remains my favorite, especially since the evangelicals have banned it!
11) Fun Question: Do you have any pets? If so, what kind?
No. It’s enough work to take care of my husband.
12) Fun Question 2: Do you own an electronic reading device? If so, what kind and how do you like it?
I don’t, but I “borrow” my husband’s Kindle constantly. Every time he asks me if I’d like him to buy me one, I decline, much happier to use his.
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