Joseph Strickland is an American screenwriter, producer, director, and author from Chicago, IL. A former film festival judge for the 32nd Chicago International Film Festival and the 14th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Strickland also served as Chair of the Features Jury on the adult jury panel for the 15th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.
The Making of Dual Mania: Filmmaking Chicago Style is the author’s first collaborative work of nonfiction, co-authored with fellow writer and theater critic B.J. Patterson, and author Cat Ellington, to whom Strickland is married. The fiery narrative was inspired by Strickland’s directorial debut Dual Mania, a psychological thriller dealing with the dual persona a young possesses and attempts to conceal throughout his ongoing sessions with his therapist.
Outside of his creative work, Strickland enjoys watching Turner Classic Movies (TCM), reading, oil painting, visiting art museums, and watching the Chicago Bears.
What inspires you to write?
I'm inspired by many things, including dreams, memories, real life experiences, news, books, movies, people who share their own experiences with me, the Holy Bible, music, and people in general.
Tell us about your writing process.
Well, I do lots of research (and background checks) before I dive onto the blank page. I tend to write everything out in longhand first because this helps me feel closer to the story. Then, I will ruminate over many things, such as characters, backstory lines, context of the story, plot lines, history of each character, laying out a five to ten year background story for each character–whether they be a major or minor player–and creating sub plot lines. But, before all of this happens, I will wait until the title of the story comes to me first. From there, things tend to take a natural progression towards the skeleton of the work.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Baldwin, Stephen King, Carl Hiaasen, Sue Grafton, Charles Dickens, Harlan Ellison, Elmore Leonard, and many more.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Hmm, that's a good question. Whichever works I have in progress–the ones that are fighting their way into completion–I carefully select to prepare for the publishing process.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I am certain that as long as people are around, men and women will continue to seek out stories that entertain, enlighten, thrill, and inform them in some form of capacity. Whether it be in electronic format or paper format is irrelevant.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
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