Monday, January 17, 2011

Joe Trent: Who is he, really?

Hi there. I write under my full name of Joe Douglas Trent, to distinguish myself from the legions of other Joe Trents in the world. A number of years ago, I began writing a novel, then abandoned it and concentrated on songwriting for a long time. Development time for songs is shorter than for books. These days flash fiction occupies most of that part of my writing, but novels...they call a person.

My novel, THE KING OF SILK, grew from an idea I had been mulling for some time: what knowledge we each possess could we transfer to another culture or another time? And what would be the consequences? So, here you have a historical novel which explores those ideas from the viewpoint of a modern businessman snatched away to 15th century Italy.

I like the historical fiction genre, but my current work in progress lies in the paranormal realm. I've heard folks say they write for markets which are hot. But with long lead times in the publishing biz, you never know what's going to be hot when your product is released. I figure you just have to go where the story leads you.

THE KING OF SILK debuts February 1st on museituppublishing.com. If you'd like more info, check out www.jdtrent.com.

7 comments:

Roseanne Dowell said...

I agree, Joe. I also write where my muse takes me. Of course, it's usually romance of some sort. Congratulations on your upcoming book.

Pat McDermott said...

The King of Silk sounds like a fabulous story. Congrats on its forthcoming release, Joe!

Marva Dasef said...

I love time travel historicals. It's on my TBR list.

Joe Douglas Trent said...

Thanks, all. The Muse bunch has produced a lot of good reading, and more to come.

Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Joe, I loved reading The King of Silk. I'm looking forward to seeing your next one.

Joe Douglas Trent said...

This one might involve a long haul, Penny. I'm still doing research. I've made one trip to an Indian reservation in Nevada and am going back in a few weeks. I really need to get started on the writing part. This is the fun part!

Penny Ehrenkranz said...

Joe, guess it's a good thing you like research!