Indie author Joseph Riden works in fiction, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as editing and business writing. He has penned and published three nonfiction books and also written more than a dozen short stories. He edited two published novels by other authors. His first novel-length work 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." Even as a child, he read books continually. Early interests led him through both nonfiction 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 teachers encouraged him to write and to invent. Now, in well-experienced maturity, a lifetime of learning seeds his writings. 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 and women became my heroes." After military service and university, he enjoyed a career in mechanical and industrial design and inevitably, he became an author. He's left a trail of inventions including his books and stories. He pursues a deep humanism to temper his technical mind with an encompassing consciousness.
"In this world of increasing complexity," he has said, "we need to anchor in practical truth and with more and better solutions for the issues of modern life. Sometimes storytelling 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 collective awareness by pushing that edge with imagination."
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 the diversity of varied experience.
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