INDIE AUTHOR JOSEPH RIDEN writes fiction, nonfiction, and creative nonfiction in native, US English. He also offers editing, assisted book writing, and several other writerly services. Joseph has written and published three nonfiction books, individual short stories, and a story collection. He also helped new authors write a men’s adventure novel and a novel-length, romantic memoir.
Even as a child, Joseph read books continually. Early interests led him through both nonfiction and fiction and especially biographies of accomplished and historically notable creatives. Book reading and a floor-standing, tube radio that was nearly his height began to shape his growing mind before television dominated the media.
"Eventually," Joseph has said, "I realized something less obvious than it may seem: emulating creative thinkers feeds my soul with deep satisfaction. Renaissance men and women became my role models."
Teachers encouraged him to write and invent. Legendary achievers became his inspiration; from Leonardo da Vinci, Joan of Arc, and Michelangelo; to Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein. Also inventors like Edison, Westinghouse, and Turing; and early rocket scientists like Von Braun.
Joseph included notable authors in his literature explorations; standard-setters like Faulkner, Steinbeck, Hemingway and other classics-authors who generated the literary canons of American English. Joseph completed a double BA in Literature and Psychology with high honors at SUNY at Buffalo, in a well-regarded English Department. There, he rubbed shoulders with contemporary literary figures like John Gardner who lived, wrote, and published their art. That experience stimulated a sustained yearning to write professionally and in the literary styles native to America.
After military service and university, he continued his career in mechanical and industrial design. Along the way, he completed the Institute for Writers’ course, “Breaking into Print.” He created a trail of inventions and he wrote articles, essays, books and stories, and also a volume of technical content. Eventually and inevitably, Joseph became an author.
Joseph describes himself as "Born curious; fascinated with big questions, great ideas, cultural trends, and critical unknowns. It’s tantalizing to be alive” he said, “at dawn in the third millennium,CE. Our rapidly changing world is ripe with opportunity to speculate, to learn from our collective history, and to reinvent a more functional society.
“We can escape mass spiritual delusion, eliminate war and inter-human predation. We can unburden our planet, limit excessive personal wealth and distribute prosperity more fairly. This would build a brighter, more sustainable future for us all. Our world may be twenty years or twenty seconds from self-destruction. We are called to wake up and smell the smog, see the oceans rising, feel the greed and hatred and then act responsibly in favor of justice, compassion, species survival and quality of life for everyone, not only a chosen few.”
A deepening humanism tempers Joseph’s technical mind with a more encompassing consciousness. "In this world of increasing complexity," he has said, "we can anchor in practical wisdom and find new solutions for the compelling issues of modern life. Storytelling is a powerful force; a way to learn vicariously or to speculate about the dynamics that drive human cultures and set the course of a life, a country, or even world history. In fiction, an author is free to explore and discover at the boundaries of human experience, and to expand our collective awareness by pushing the edge with imagination, compassion, and originality."
Beyond writing and design, Joseph has filled many roles in life, including these: surrogate father, coastal mariner, lumberjack, sport fisherman, teacher, soldier, seminarian, meditator, husband, lover, spiritual seeker, natural health practitioner, expatriate, business consultant, bohemian scholar, entrepreneur, and live-off-the-land outdoorsman.
Joseph ventured abroad in South Korea and Costa Rica but he always came home. Now a lifetime of learning seeds Joseph’s writings. As his design engineering career ended, writing became Joseph's full-time focus. Diversity of experience has shaped his author’s viewpoint, outlook and his belief in humanity’s ability to prosper yet transcend fear and decadence; even an ability to evolve consciously. “Our most challenging frontiers are no longer ‘out there’ somewhere, like Mars; as accelerating overpopulation crowds the Earth, resources exist within us, each and every one. New vistas can be conquered, and peacefully so, without ever leaving humanity’s home.”
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