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About Joe


Joseph Hagen

Why suspenseful thrillers, you ask?

Joe Hagen loves bringing life to supernatural characters! He recently retired after 40 years at the federal courts, where his time in and out of the courtroom provided many opportunities to see characters in action.

A fiction writer living in Missouri, MOONRISE is Joe’s debut novel. It is the first in a series of werewolf novels and showcases his talent for crafting suspenseful thrillers! Book two of the series, WOLF HUNT, was published in July 2020. And because there are paranormal creatures besides werewolves, and since his imagination is not limited, Joe has also co-written a vampire novel, DARK TUNES. In his writing, Joe deftly brings characters to life, even if they are supernatural.

Through the years, Joe has also written numerous suspenseful short stories containing a variety of creative protagonists and supporting characters, including a haunted jigsaw puzzle. Details are available on the Books page of this site. When not writing (or reading), Joe might be found Fencing, Gardening, or Square Dancing! Perhaps suspenseful thrillers are born in unexpected places.

The author typing while surrounded by books

Joe alway chose suspenseful thrillers when given the option

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Growing up I read everything I could get my hands on. Books allow me to go on adventures, some with thrills and chills. I have hard bound copies of all the early Stephen King and Anne Rice novels- and was lucky enough to get some of these autographed. These books and others from those years are prized possessions which I love to reread.

Joe started writing for his children–not so much suspense in those days, but always thrilling!

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When my children were young, they would ask for repeats of the bedtime stories I made up each night from the two words they supplied. I couldn’t remember what I’d told them from day to day, so I began committing those on-the-fly stories to paper. So now, here I am– writing for them and for you.

The sequel to my first novel is now available. WOLF HUNT, picks up Alan’s adventure where MOONRISE left off. In the sequel, Alan and Autumn are confronted by issues with the deterioration of Alan’s taming plus threats from Salvador’s brother, Orsino. Since there are even more witches and magic, more exciting adventure ensues. 

Snoop around and enjoy this site. I have included links to other sites where I post a variety of musings and thoughts, so it is easy to find me–  Facebook, Goodreads, Inkitt, Amazon and the Goodreads Blog. As I continue to create characters that come alive for you, I look forward to your questions, thoughts, or suggestions, so shoot me a line. I like the opportunity for interaction and, one never knows what will spark a twist or turn in an upcoming story. Keep reading!