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Manlius native writes first mystery novel

My entire family is incredibly supportive of my work. They are always spreading the word about the books. They distribute promotional materials, send out emails, etc. I refer to my siblings as "regional marketing directors."

What memories do you have of Manlius?

I started delivering the Eagle Bulletin when I was 12 years old and I had the route for four years. It was my first experience with the written word. For a time, I envisioned a career in journalism (my degree is in journalism, actually).

I also worked on and off through high school and college summers for Temple Dairy Store, which is no longer there unfortunately. I spent many hours working and talking at a place on Smith Street called Marijane's Book Exchange, which also has been gone for a while now. The woman who ran the place, Marijane Mecking, was really the person who first encouraged me to write. I used to get piles of books from her place: mysteries, thrillers and horrors. I loved it all. I ate it all up.

Where can readers find your books?

Best place to buy the books is at the online retailers like amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. If a store doesn't have it in stock, they can definitely order it. People are also encouraged to visit my website josephpittman.net.

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