Joseph Pittman, Fayetteville-Manlius graduate and former Eagle Bulletin paperboy, is now a published author working in Manhattan, where he's lived for the past 18 years. His newest novel, "London Frog," is the first in a series of mystery novels that hit bookstores late last year. Although it's not his first work to be published, it's always been his ambition to write crime fiction.
Eagle Bulletin/DeWitt Times Editor Tami S. Zimmerman had the chance to interview him via email from his home downstate. Here's what he had to say:
How did you get involved in a writing career?
I've worked in the publishing industry in New York City for the past 20 years, having been an editor at several major publishing houses like Bantam Books, Nal/Signet and Dutton. I have, since high school, wanted to write and become a published novelist. As I worked during the day in publishing, I would go home at night and work on my own writing. Finally, a novel called, "Tilting at Windmills" was published.
What genre do your novels fall into?
"Tilting at Windmills," "When the World was Small," and "Legend's End," (my first three books, which I call "Journeyman" stories) fall into the general fiction category, though they all center around a small town in New York state and the relationships of the people in these villages.
Is there a romantic angle to any of them?
Yes and no. "Windmills" was definitely the more "sweet" of the three, with "Legend's" having more of a mystery to it. But my desire has always been to write mysteries, crime fiction. And I finally did so, with "London Frog" -- the first in a series.
What is 'London Frog' about?
It's about a charming con man named Todd Gleason who plots to steal a small fortune from an already rich couple who have just won the lottery. He follows them to London, (from New York), where he stumbles across a dead body and a murderous plot. With a beautiful blonde at his side and a hit man tracking his every move, Todd Gleason must choose between crime and punishment.