Write What You Know

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If wisdom comes with age and one should write what they know, then who better to pen a novel than someone like Joe Corso, a retired NYC firefighter, who has lived a long life filled with ten lifetimes worth of experiences. He’s been a husband, a father, a grandfather, a hero, a friend and now an author. He’s lived more than most people even dream of, so Featured imagehe has a lot to draw on when it comes to storytelling.

The way I see it, you can look at an author like Joe Corso in one of two ways: You can take the cynical approach and consider it strange for a man to spend his whole life doing something else and then suddenly decide to write in his 70s. When you go with the cynical approach, you might just assume his novels are subpar. But, if you allow yourself to be open minded you might be surprised. If you consider everything a man filled with life experience has to offer, you can begin to imagine the magic that might come out of him as he puts pen to paper—or fingers to keyboard.

Take Corso’s Engine 24, which is filled with New York firefighter stories. In this novel, Corso tells the true story of the extraordinary brotherhood of men who face extreme danger every day inside the New York Fire Department. Thanks to his life experiences, Corso is able to vividly depict the moments of truth when ordinary men watch their brothers die, and then, in order to live with themselves, they too must be prepared to lay down their own lives. This novel gives us civilians a chance to take an in depth look into the lives of every day heroes.

With Engine 24, Corso truly took the saying “write what you know” to heart; and we are lucky he did. Corso’s amazing storytelling abilities combined with his incredible life experiences led to a truly remarkable novel that you won’t be able to put down.

Thanks to Mr. Corso’s long life filled with adventures, his wisdom stretches far beyond his knowledge of New York firefighters. He has many a life experiences to draw on, and we the readers are the ones who benefit. His crime novels are as good as his time travel novels which are as good as his Sci-Fi books. You can’t lose when you pick up a Joe Corso novel.

Retired NYC Firefighter Perfects the Art of Storytelling

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Some people say that the art of storytelling is dead, but those people obviously haven’t read any of Joe Corso’s novels. The retired FDNY author knows how to spin a tale. Whether you pick up one of his crime novels or Featured imagea book from his science fiction series, you’ll be drawn in by his captivating storytelling abilities. He may not be verbally telling his stories to each and every reader, but with every turn of the page you’ll feel like he is. So this got me thinking, what exactly makes for good storytelling?

Make it memorable: When you’re telling a story, be it in verbally or in writing, you want the details to stick with your audience; you want the story to stick with them for days, weeks, months. When you tell a compelling story, you’ll not only hold the attention of your audience, but you’ll also ensure they are still thinking about your story long after they have walked away from it.

Keep it simple: A good storyteller doesn’t have to try too hard. You don’t have to use complicated words or phrases to try to impress your audience. Good stories are easy to understand so the audience isn’t forced to spend a lot of time interpreting what you’re trying to say. You just need to tell a story simply, from start to finish.

Invoke emotion: Good storytelling requires an emotional component. Whether you’re making your audience laugh, cry or fume with anger, if you’re invoking some kind of strong emotion then you are doing something right. Nobody will remember a story that made them feel nothing.

Be authentic: This one is tricky. When you hear the word authentic you might first think that the story you are telling must be a true story. But that’s not what it means; it isn’t that simple. Even if you are telling a completely fictional story you want it to feel real, truthful and authentic. You want your reader to believe that this story could actually have happened. The more authentic the story feels, the easier it will be for the audience to get lost in it.

Be inspiring: Good storytelling stimulates the active imagination of your audience. The role of the listener or reader is to actively create a vivid visualization of what they are hearing or reading. If your story is truly captivating, this won’t be a problem for your audience. The best part is, the benefits of this particular aspect are two-fold; once the imaginations of your audience are activated, they are likely to be inspired in other areas of their life as well.

Joe Corso goes above and beyond when it comes to storytelling. He covers all of these key components and then some. So if you’re looking for a good read to get lost in, I would highly recommend you pick up a Corso novel or two.

Let’s Make Reading Trend

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I was reading some articles on the internet (as so many people do) the other day and I saw a link that said something like, check out these fall trends. I was intrigued, so I clicked the link. There were beauty, fashion and food trends galore, but that got me thinking…what about reading trends? When exactly did reading go out of style?

I get that times change and it’s important to be open to these changes so as not to fall behind. But I am a firm believer that some core values should stay in place and the importance of reading is one of those all-important core values. Although I personally am still a lover of actual books that you can hold and turn the pages of, I can understand why this generation has become accustomed to, even prefers reading on tablets. My main concern is that the love of reading for pleasure may be fading away.

Today’s society uses the term “trending” often. What’s trending in the media, fashion and even food is always at the top of everyone’s online newsfeed. Pop culture reigns supreme and even the newspaper and magazine industries have had to adapt and take on new online formats. Which is all fine by me, but where are the lists of trending novels? Trending literature? Hot fall reads? Writing trends you’ll have to try this fall? While lists like these are not completely non-existent, they are certainly harder to find.

I have a tendency to go off on a research adventure when I get an idea in my head and this time was no different. I took to google and started searching for every hot fall reading and literature article I could find. They were there, sort of, but I had to look for them specifically. There are lists of popular novels to be found and interesting scholarly articles to be read, but again, you really have to be looking for these things. Chances are you won’t be reading an article about fall beauty trends on Buzzfeed and find a link to an article about fall book trends down below in the recommended articles section. But in reaFeatured imagelity, there are so many incredible award winning authors out there who’ve released novels that we should all be reading.If you’re looking for a reading starting point, might I suggest the “Starlight Club” series by Joe Corso?

Ok, ok. I don’t want to go off on too much of a tangent here, but my point is this: I would really like to find a way to make literature “trend.” I want to see people passionately discussing their literary preferences and vigorously describing all the great books that people should be reading; and I want to see that happening across social media platforms and on the front pages of online news platforms across the web. It doesn’t matter if your thing is crime novels, sci-fi books or time travel novelsI would just like to see a bigger public discussion regarding reading.

A Good Man Keeps Good Company

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Every artist’s journey is different. Some people know what they want to do straight from the womb and spend their whole lives working towards their goal. Some people know what they WANT to do but believe it to be unrealistic and instead choose to pursue a “practical” career. And then there are those who don’t even realize they are artists until much later in life, often after they have lived a lifetime of happiness doing something else. This was the case for retired NYC firefighter turned author, Joe Corso.

Corso enjoyed a successful, life-long career as a firefighter long before he even realized he was a writer. After his retirement, Corso moved to Florida with his wife; it was there that he realized he had a knack for storytelling. He got lost in his writing and published his first novel at the ripe young age of 75 years old—yes you read that right. He has churned out novel after novel ever since; everything from crime novels to sci-fi books. You may not realize it, but Mr. Corso is actually in good company. Here’s a look at some of the well-known authors who didn’t begin writing until much later in life:

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Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler followed a life path somewhat similar to that of Joe Corso. Chandler was an oil company executive not even considering a writing career until the Great Depression hit when he was 44. Like many Americans at the time, he suddenly found himself out of a job. But rather than wallowing in self-pity, Chandler decided he should become a detective novelist; and aren’t we lucky he did! His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published when he was 51 years old. He is still considered to be one of the great writers of the detective fiction genre.

Harriet Doerr married and started a family as a young woman like many others in the 1930’s. In 1975 when her children were grown and her husband had passed away, Doerr decided to go back to school. Thanks to the encouragement of her writing teachers, she published her first novel, Stones for Ibarra at the age of 73. She then went on to publish multiple novels, short stories and essays. She even won a National Book Award.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder began writing her childhood memoirs, which would become the Little House on the Prairie book series, in her 60’s at the encouragement of her daughter. Her years of hardship and struggle resulted in a very successful and widely loved franchise.

Richard Adams basically began his writing career as a storyteller. His first novel, Watership Down, began as a story he would tell his children on long car rides to keep them entertained. Soon the stories became so involved that he started writing them down. After being turned down by multiple publishers, Adams was finally published when he was 54 years old and he went on to sell millions of copies of his beloved novel worldwide.

This short list barely scratches the surface. There are a plethora of successful authors—many of them household names—who didn’t begin their writing careers until much later in life. So when you start seeing Joe Corso’s time travel novels on all of the bestselling lists, just remember you heard about him here first

Summer Adventures with the Lone Jack Kid

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Looking for a great summer read? Look no further than Corso Books! Whether you want to be swept away in the crime world of the 1960’s mafia or you’re ready for a time traveling adventure like no other, Joe Corso has something for you. Check out the Corso Books store on Amazon to find your perfect summer read. Need a suggestion? We’ve got plenty…

The latest novel from the retired NYC firefighter and author, Joe Corso was released just last week and it is a must read. Adventures of the Lone Jack Kid: The Buffalo Hunt is the final novel in Corso’s award-winning western fiction trilogy. If you’ve been following the thrilling adventures of the first two novels, you won’t want to miss out on the exciting conclusion to the series. If you’re new to the series, don’t worry; Corso’s talent for storytelling will have you so hooked that you’ll have trouble putting the books down. You’ll probably finish all three novels in a week… and then you’ll wish there was a fourth to read.

Corso is a long-time lover of westerns but he had never written one before his first “Lone Jack Kid” novel. When he made the decision to tackle a western series all he knew was that his hero would have a name that included the word Kid. Once he had that in mind, Corso went off on a researching journey of epic proportions. When he discovered a little known Civil War battle that took place in the small town of Lone Jack, Missouri, “The Lone Jack Kid” was born. After the success of his first western novel, a trilogy seemed like a no-brainer.

This exhilarating series takes you on an adventure with Charlie Longstreet as he becomes “The Lone Jack Kid…a legend without knowing it.” Corso provides everything you want from a western read: Cowboys, Indians, battles, adventures and action galore! The Buffalo Hunt closes the trilogy out with one last Lone Jack Kid adventure; but this time he’s with his blood brother, Wild Eagle, Chief of the Kaw Indians. The final journey takes The Lone Jack Kid out west to California for the most thrilling adventure yet. You definitely won’t want to miss this exciting conclusion!

Joe Corso’s impressive talents span genres. You may be reading one of his time travel novels one minute and then pick up one of his crime novels the next minute. But no matter what genre you choose, you’re guaranteed a fascinating and captivating read with Corso Books.

Never Too Late

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

-George Elliot

This quote has never rang so true. Joe Corso’s life story is truly inspiring, to say the least. Corso, a retired NYC Firefighter, published his first book at the marvelous age of 75 and in the few years since then he has published quite a few more. As if that feat wasn’t impressive enough on its own, many of his books have also been Featured imagenominated for and won various prestigious book awards. Suffice it to say, Corso hasn’t exactly gone down the typical retirement path.

Believe it or not, Joe Corso had no idea he was a writer until he started writing. He actually calls himself a storyteller. When he discovered he could tell a good story he started writing those stories down. Now here we are 24 books later and, lucky for us, he still has plenty of good stories to tell. Each new novel is more impressive than the last and there is a good chance you’ll get hooked on Corso Books.

Right when you think you can’t be any more in awe of Joe Corso, you find out he also writes across genres. While many authors are only comfortable writing in one genre, Corso has written everything from crime novels to historical fiction to a collection of non-fiction short stories based on true events from his days as a firefighter. Be they fiction or non-fiction, fantasy or crime based, he has a seemingly never ending supply of stories to draw from.

Feel like a good western read? Corso has just what you’re looking for in his Adventures of the Lone Jack Kid series—even though he had never before attempted writing a western…until he did. This fun series came to be one day when Featured imageCorso decided he should write a western simply because he loved them and he had never written one before. After much research and contemplation, Adventures of the Lone Jack Kid was born. He had so much fun writing this story, the western novel quickly became a series. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Lone Jack Kid Book 3 available this summer on Amazon.

Corso’s award winning Starlight Club series gives the reader a pFeatured imageeek into the NYC mobster world of the 1960s. Based on true events, each stand-alone tale explores a world where cold-hearted killers still treat their women like ladies. With six novels in this series already released, you’ll want to be sure you carve out the appropriate amount of time to get hooked.