Interview with Author and Musician Joe Clifford on Family, Work, and Creativity


Host Joseph Lapin sat down with Joe Clifford at the 2016 Miami Book Fair to discuss the creative journey, work, and the pressures of writing, as well as many of the emotional overtones of his work. Joe Clifford is acquisitions editor for Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a "gritty, real, raw" reading series in Oakland, CA. His bestselling Jay Porter Thriller Series (Oceanview Publishing) has received rave reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others. The third in the series, Give Up the Dead, released June 2017. Joe is also editor of Trouble in the Heartland: Crime Stories Based on the Songs of Bruce Springsteen and the forthcoming Just to Watch Him Die: Crime Fiction Inspired by the Songs of Johnny Cash. Currently Joe teaches online writing courses for LitReactor and around the country at various conferences and retreats.