Author Profile: Joseph S. Pete


How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

I’ve been an avid, voracious reader since my early childhood. My mom once chastised me for reading a dictionary in my room, saying I could go out to a park and have fun. “But I am having fun,” I protested. After reading a few thousand books, I decided I wanted to write them too. 

What inspired you to write flash fiction?

My day job is as a reporter, and I write newspaper articles all day every day, so the short form comes naturally to me.

Describe your writing process.

I write whenever I get the chance, for as long as I can. Often I like to listen to an audio book or a Daily Show clip or something akin to that on YouTube while writing.

What was the inspiration behind what was published on

It was loosely based on an interview I did with a formerly homeless musician who turned his life around. What struck me was the compassion another homeless man in a transient hotel had for him in advising him to go park his car in front of the police station.

What are you working on now?

I frequently appear on the local NPR station and recently took part in a show at iO Theater in Chicago, I’m constantly writing and publishing short fiction and poetry, and cranking out newspaper articles and freelance journalism. And of course I’m working on a novel. Please read my eventual novel.

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