Joseph Riden has penned and published three nonfiction books and he has written more than a dozen short stories. He edited two published novels by other authors. His first novel and more stories are forthcoming.
Joseph describes himself as "Born curious — fascinated with the world's wonders and people, with big questions, great ideas, cultural trends, and critical unknowns." His parents and some exceptional teachers fostered his active engagement in science, mechanics, and the arts. Even as a child, he read books continually. Early interests led him through both non-fiction and fiction and especially biographies of accomplished and creative, historically notable figures. Book reading and a floor-standing tube radio nearly his height began to shape his mind before television dominated American media.
Legendary achievers have been his inspiration: from Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein; inventors like Edison and Turing; and early rocket scientists like Von Braun. Many authors, including Faulkner, Steinbeck, Dickinson, Hemingway, and Atwood joined his list for exploring Literature.
His parents and some of his teachers encouraged him to write and to invent. Now, in well-experienced maturity, a lifetime of learning seeds his writings. Becoming a working writer was once a bucket list item. After a full career in Mechanical Design and Engineering, now writing is Joseph's full-time focus.
"Eventually," Joseph has said, "I realized something less obvious than it may seem: emulating creatives I admire feeds my soul with deep satisfaction. Renaissance men became my heroes." After military service and university, he enjoyed a career in mechanical and industrial design and eventually, inevitably, he became an author. He's left a trail of inventions including his books.
Broad diversity is unusual in this age of deep specialization when colleges graduate so many highly skilled, super-technicians who are narrowly niched into commercially valuable activities. Joseph's diversity of interests in mechanical engineering, design innovation, music, literature and creative writing is a product of liberal education and experience gradually amassed as the years progressed. He pursues a deep humanism to temper his technical mind with an encompassing consciousness.
Joseph sees apparently different facets of invention as compatible and similar. He puts it this way: "Creative power lives within us each, through a generative energy that may be expressed across many focuses. I may design a boat or a piece of specialty furniture in morning, then write about how to make them in the afternoon. Or create a story built on characters who are either similar to, or different from people I've known."
"Sometimes storytelling," he says, "becomes a way to live vicariously or to speculate about forces that drive human societies and set the course of a life, a country, or even all of human history. In fiction, I'm most free to explore and discover at the edge of human experience and expand our awareness by pushing that edge with imagination. In this world of increasing complexity we need a foundation in practical truth with more and better solutions for the issues of modern life."
Joseph has filled many roles beyond author and design engineer: surrogate father, coastal mariner, lumberjack, sport fisherman, soldier, seminarian, meditator, husband and lover, spiritual seeker, natural health practitioner, expatriate adventurer, business consultant, bohemian scholar, entrepreneur, and live-off-the-land outdoorsman. His writer's viewpoint is empowered by diversity of varied experience.
Curious, he came into the world and now, Joseph says, "Life is opportunity, unchained; to learn, to evolve, to create, to know love, and to express ourselves as we become all we were born to be, fulfilling a destiny that only clarifies in hindsight. I'll continue to explore and create until moving onward to whatever lies beyond."
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