Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Joshua: My name is Joshua Shea and I’m 42 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Joshua: Auburn, Maine
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Joshua: I recently released my first memoir, “The Addiction Nobody Will Talk About: How I Let My Pornography Addiction Hurt People and Destroy Relationships” which is designed to show people what it’s like living with the addiction, but also serve as a cautionary tale for those currently struggling with it.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Joshua: As a high school senior, I got a job at the local newspaper’s sports department. I’ve worked in news or publishing of some kind ever since. Writing was the one thing everybody seemed to be in agreement I was good at, and I’m a “play to your strengths” kind of guy.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Joshua: The first time I ever saw a byline. It was an interview of a field hockey coach about the playoffs. Their game was rained out and we had space to fill.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Joshua: I met so many people who also dealt with pornography addiction when I was in recovery and so many who were just coming to terms with their addictions when I was in jail that I figured it was time to start bringing this topic into the mainstream and I could use my own experience to do so. The statistics of porn use and addiction are growing among the younger generation. We need to at least address how large the problem is before we can come up with solutions.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Joshua: I wanted to reflect the concept that there weren’t many books about the subject, but also drive home the point it was a memoir and not a self-help or academic look at pornography addiction.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Joshua: I think the best memoirs are when somebody considers all sides of a situation before writing about it. I may have thought something in the moment I was writing about it and may think something completely different now. It’s important to give perspective on that viewpoint change.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Joshua: For better or worse, it’s 100% true.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Joshua: No, I just had to live my life and then sit down and write about it. Then edit. Then rewrite. More editing. And writing. And then a little more editing.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Joshua: I picked most of the specifics and a designer put it together.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Joshua: First, that there is no such thing as a stereotypical porn addict. We are doctors, fathers, lawyers, sisters, teachers, vagrants, princes and paupers. Second, that if you either think or know you have a pornography addiction, seek help before it gets out of control. The book is largely a cautionary tale.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Joshua: I’ve read the work of Robert Heinlein off and on throughout my life. Even something I’ve read multiple times, like “Stranger in a Strange Land” has new meaning depending on where I am in my journey.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Joshua: My therapist thought writing and sharing my story was important.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Joshua: I’ve seen it that way for 25 years, no reason to stop now. I’d prefer to not spend so much time ghost writing marketing books for others, but it pays the bills and I have no other discernible skills.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Joshua: As a memoir, if I changed anything, my life would be different…so yeah, there’s a lot of it I’d change. I’d change it to the point there was no book.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Joshua: The editing process was helpful. The final draft is half the size of the first draft. Cutting a memoir makes you focus on what was really important to your development, and what you just convinced yourself was.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Joshua: The father from Modern Family.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Joshua: You can make a career as a writer. I have for 25 years. There’s often a direct proportional flip-flop between work you’re proud of and how much money is made. Unless you’re the elite of the elite, you’re either a sell-out who make millions or an artist who makes very little. I try to fish from both ponds.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Joshua: This book exists to dispel stereotypes and spark a discussion. It’s not at all graphic, so people worrying about that needn’t. It’s one guy figuring out how his life imploded.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Joshua: At the moment, I’m not. After a day of writing to make money and promotion of my current book, I really just want to watch Everybody Loves Raymond and go to bed.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Joshua: Snow, by Roy McKie and PD Eastman. It was a Dr. Seuss book.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Joshua: For some reason, I find nothing funnier than game show and local news bloopers. As far as cry, when I think about the pain and sadness of random injustice in people’s lives…I have to think of something else. When I cry, I don’t stop.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Joshua: Not really. Every famous person, or person I looked up to that I have met has disappointed me. Maybe Mr. Rogers. He was an island of calm when I was a kid. I would have liked to say thank you.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Joshua: Spending time with my family.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Joshua: I can get lost in WWE wrestling very easily. It’s the best form of live-action participatory theatre in the world. It is the direct descendent of gladiator wars. Now we’re smart enough to script the endings. I think if more people took a critical step back, they’d see it has something for everyone and is designed to just be fun. How many movies or shows can you say that about?
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Joshua: Being from Maine, I love seafood. I’m a fan of all types of music. It mostly depends on my mood. I do have to say that I’m at an age where I think most current music is flying under my radar. I guess we all get there someday.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Joshua: Probably some kind of graphic design from home. I’m really not at my best working for other people.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Joshua: I don’t care. I’m dead at that point. Hopefully the closing date is far in the future.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
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