Joe Cosentino’s transition from acting to writing

February 4, 2015

Since this is my first publication with Dreamspinner Press, I’d like to tell you a bit about myself. As a kid I played make believe constantly. “Let’s put on a show!” was my motto. I played all the characters—male and female. Hm, that explains a lot. Thankfully my parents and teachers indulged me rather than committed me. So I started as an actor on stage and screen with stars like Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Holland Taylor, Jason Robards, and Nathan Lane. You can see me on You Tube in the ABC-TV movie, MY MOTHER WAS NEVER A KID, about a third of the way through. Here’s the link: As my students say, “You were cute when you were young!” Since acting is storytelling in the same way that writing is storytelling, I gave playwriting a try and ultimately fiction writing. When I told my mother I wanted to write fiction, she said, “Don’t you have anything better to do?” I wonder if Shakespeare’s mother said that? I’m also writing two mystery series: the Jana Lane mysteries starting with PAPER DOLL, and the Nicky and Noah comedy mysteries beginning with DRAMA QUEEN. AN INFATUATION is my first novella. I think AN INFATUATION combines elements of romance, humor, drama, and a touch of mystery.


Now that you know a bit about me, tell me about you. What types of fiction do you like to read? Do you prefer romance, mystery, humor, drama, or a combination?

9 Responses to “Joe Cosentino’s transition from acting to writing”

  1. Anne says:

    I love hearing about how people got into writing. Thanks for sharing.

    I read across a range of genres, although I lean more towards fantasy, sf, and historical. If it looks interesting I’ll read it – which explains in part my very long TBR list. Working in a library doesn’t help either.

  2. Susan says:

    I an omnivore when it comes to reading, although my favorites are fantasy, sci fi, and mystery. I’ve come to enjoy historicals, but only mm historicals. I read a fair amount of nonfiction too.

  3. JoeCosentino says:

    Anne, working in a library, you must be like a vampire working in a butcher shop. Hah.

  4. JoeCosentino says:

    Susan, I’m writing a mystery now, so I certainly share your love for mysteries. Each of my books seems to have humor, drama, romance, and mystery in it. I like that as a reader too.

  5. Angela says:

    I like mysterie books and it’s always nice if there’s a little romance in there to. I love John Saul books, he writes horror books.

  6. Waxapplelover says:

    Love romance in general. I’ve liked romance stories with elements of humor and mystery as well. I prefer low-angst stories usually.

  7. JoeCosentino says:

    Angela, I’m not a horror buff, except in my nightmares. Hah.

  8. Anne says:

    Pretty much, Joe :)

  9. JoeCosentino says:

    Waxapplelover, Sounds good. I like the Bittersweet Dreams stories since they are generally romantic and sweet with a surprise ending.

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