Q&A with Joe Cosentino, author of Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery/comedy/romance novel published by Lethe Press
Hello, Joe. Thank you for stopping by to chat with me today.
My pleasure. I’m a big fan of yours!
You visited me during your blog tour of AN INFATUATION. What has been the response to your MM novella?
Since An Infatuation is a Bittersweet Dreams novella from Dreamspinner Press, readers were prepared to cry, however, what shocked them was how hysterically funny it is, and how the characters are so lovable. So many people told me they loved An Infatuation, and many begged me for a sequel.
Is a sequel in the offing?
Not a sequel, however, Dreamspinner Press is publishing another Bittersweet Dreams novella of mine entitled, A Shooting Star, this fall. It also has a riveting story, captivating characters, lots of humor, and a tragic incident. Also, two minor characters in An Infatuation play major roles in the novel I am writing now, Cozzi Cove: Bouncing Back.
How did you come up with the Nicky and Noah mystery comedy series?
I am a college theatre professor and department head. I was thinking how a college, especially a theatre department, is its own little community full of intrigue, mystery, humor, surprises, and romance. I was also thinking how a theatre professor has many skills, such as playing other people, and would make a perfect sleuth. What if the top suspect for the murder was also a college theatre professor, and the heartthrob of the sleuth? A new series was born!
How did Lethe Press come to publish Drama Queen, the first Nicky and Noah mystery comedy?
I noticed Lethe Press publishes many humorous, theatrically-styled gay books, and the company has been successful for fourteen years. After I submitted the manuscript, Steve Berman offered to publish it, saying he had great fun reading it.
Why did you write a gay mystery/comedy/romance series?
Can’t we all use a good laugh, a challenging brain twister, and a bit of romance? Drama Queen is the kind of book I like reading. It is funny, theatrical, sexy, wild, and wacky with a solid mystery full of plot twists and turns at its center.
How do you think up all the clues, red herrings, and surprises in the novel?
I’ve read every Agatha Christie novel and play many times. She is a genius at outlining when and where to give the reader what information. I love the inversion in her books, where she uses sleight of hand to lay out all the information, but not in a straight forward manner. The reader becomes the sleuth to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. I tried to do the same in this series.
Since you are a college theatre professor, is the series based on you, your colleagues, and students?
Do you mean if anybody at my college ticks me off, I kill him/her in the series? Hah. To be honest, I like my colleagues and students too much to murder them in my books. Martin Anderson, Nicky and Noah’s department head, is based on me. He’s a loyal, hardworking department head and professor who fully supports his faculty colleagues, office assistant, and the students in his department. Like me, he is also a little bit, well quite a bit, of a gossip. My knowledge of theatre is also very evident in the series. The other characters and the location came from my head.
Nicky is described as having an enormous manhood. Does that help him solve the murders?
It doesn’t hurt. Hah. Nicky has to flirt his way into some places to get certain information, so his handsome face, muscular body, and huge penis are definitely assets. Even more, however, Nicky and Noah use their theatre skills, including playing other people, to get clues. Most of all, Nicky uses his smarts, always a fine asset in an amateur detective.
Nicky is of Italian-American descent, like you. Is that a coincidence?
Not at all. I come from a very funny Italian family. I use that in a great deal of my writing. In later books, we get to meet Nicky and Noah’s parents, and they are a riot!
How many books have your written so far in this series?
Three: Drama Queen, Drama Muscle, and Drama Cruise. In Drama Queen, Nicky and Noah have to uncover why college theatre professors are dropping like stage curtains while Nicky directs the college play production—a murder mystery. In Drama Muscle, Nicky and Noah have to find out why musclemen are dropping like weights in the Physical Education department while Nicky directs the Student Bodybuilding Competition. In Drama Cruise, Nicky and Noah go on a cruise to Alaska, and discover why college theatre professors are going overboard like lifeboats while Nicky directs a murder mystery dinner theatre show onboard ship. As the readers join Nicky and Noah in solving the murders, Nicky and Noah fall in love with one another, and the readers hopefully fall in love with Nicky and Noah.
Is Drama Queen available as an ebook and paperbook?
Yes! I am thrilled about that. This gives the reader an option to read it on a Kindle, Nook, computer, or with book in hand on the beach or in bed. The audiobook will be available in about a month.
Do you see this as a TV series?
Yes! And I want to play Martin Anderson. Couldn’t you see Matt Bomer as Nicky and Neil Patrick Harris as Noah? This will give The Hardy Boysand Hart to Harta run for their money.
How can your readers get their hands on Drama Queen, and how can they contact you?
The purchase links for Drama Queen are below, as are my contact links, including my web site. I love to hear from readers!
It could be curtains for college theatre professor Nicky Abbondanza. With dead bodies popping up all over campus, Nicky must use his drama skills to figure out who is playing the role of murderer before it is lights out for Nicky and his colleagues. Complicating matters is Nicky’s huge crush on Noah Oliver, a gorgeous assistant professor in his department, who may or may not be involved with a cocky graduate assistant…and is also the top suspect for the murders! You will be applauding and shouting Bravo for Joe Cosentino’s fast-paced, side-splittingly funny, edge-of-your-seat, delightfully entertaining novel. Curtain up!
Paperback and ebook available now in all formats.
Audiobook coming soon
Purchase the paperback from Lethe Press at: http://www.lethepressbooks.com/store/p303/Drama_Queen%3A_A_Nicky_and_Noah_Mystery.html
Purchase the paperback from Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Drama-Queen-Nicky-Noah-Mystery/dp/1590214676/
Purchase the ebook from Smashwords at: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/546002
Purchase the Kindle from Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Drama-Queen-Nicky-Noah-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00YCJSEJO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432850588&sr=1-1
Joe Cosentino is the author of Drama Queen the first Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press),An Infatuation (Dreamspinner Press), Paper Doll the first Jana Lane mystery (Whiskey Creek Press), and The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Eldridge Plays and Musicals). He has appeared in principal acting roles in film, television, and theatre, opposite stars such as Bruce Willis, Rosie O’Donnell, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Jason Robards. His one-act plays, Infatuation and Neighbor, were performed in New York City. He wrote The Perils of Pauline educational film (Prentice Hall Publishers). Joe is currently Head of the Department/Professor at a college in upstate New York, and is happily married. His upcoming novels are Drama Musclethe second Nicky and Noah mystery (Lethe Press), A Shooting Star (Dreamspinner Press novella), A Home for the Holidays (Dreamspinner Press holiday novella), and Porcelain Doll the second Jana Lane mystery.
Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press (June 6, 2015)
Cover Design: Ben Baldwin
Release date: June 6, 2015