Meeting Joe Siccardi, author of Heaven Shining Through

Welcome to this week’s Thursday Throng author interview, and today it’s the turn of Joe Siccardi, an “ordinary joe” from Seneca County, NY with his novel, Heaven Shining Through.

What is one thing people wouldn’t usually know about you?
I’ve been in the newspaper publishing business for over 50 years

What did the best review you ever had say about your work? 

I want to first of all say that this book really plays on your memories and emotions I laughed and cried. I laughed because I hadn’t heard the phrase “the rabbit died” since our first daughter was born 37 years ago. I cried with the significant relationships that were introduced and the heart felt real life meaning that the author put into them. I could really identify with these characters. A good, quick read. I highly recommend it.

What did the worst review you ever had say about your work?

This 64 page novella should have been a novel. The characters lack distinctive development and don’t come to life as real people with inner lives. Why would a middle aged man elect to write in the voice of a woman? This is hard to do convincingly unless you are skilled fiction writer. The plot moves along at warp speed as the decades pass and the characters marry, die, reconcile. They go through a series of events that lack emotional resonance for the reader. There are many missed opportunities for going deeper with descriptions. And too much use of dialogue. This might have been a decent book if the author slowed down, made it 200 pages or more. This just did not work for me. Read like the author had an ending in mind (reconcilation) and raced to get there.

Have you ever wished you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so, what?

No. I love writing. I always did from grade school on. I was fortunate enough to find a career in newspapers.

Have you ever written naked?

No … but I have written in my underwear

What is the best excuse you have had for missing a deadline?

The game went into overtime.

What has been the best experience of your life?

My 40 year marriage.

What is the strangest thing you have ever had to do to promote a book?
Do a local podcast … but instead of in person by phone 500 miles away

If you could commit the perfect murder, what would you do with the body?

Bury it in the foundation of a building or bridge.



You can find Heaven Shining Through in Kindle and Paperback format here: :

Amazon – Heaven Shining Through

You can meet Joe on his blog here:


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