Friday, September 7, 2012

Free eBook from Amazon - Key West Short Stories

At Amazon on 9-8 and 9-9-12 you can get a free copy of my eBook Key West Short Stories - Part 1

Here is Chapter One from Plane Crash in Key West which is included in Key West Short Stories

Monday, August 13, 2012

Key West Real Estate for Sale

Key West Real Estate for Sale: Search and view real estate for sale in Key West Florida with Joe D Wells

Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Bump in the Crowd by Joe D Wells

First part of - A Bump in the Crowd

Awaken cold
It’s early in Key West
The mornings bring my freedom
I linger feeling safe
Rising I look back
Seeing what I have escaped
Another one gone by

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Free eBooks

Key West Poems - Part 1 - Ramblings of a Mad Key West Poets

Friday, July 13, 2012

Key West Poet Joe D Wells

I was ask which of my poems was my favorite.  Well, I wrote them and like them all, but I must say, I enjoy reading Dark Dark Dark.  It really flows well, or at least when I read it.

Dark Dark Dark
By: Joe D Wells

Dark Dark Dark is the light
Dark Dark Dark is the hope
With callused torn hands,
Slippery from the sweat 
Rolling down from his harden arms of twisted steel
He spits into them to firm his grip upon his splintered pick handle
High into the air the pick head rises
Down Down Down it flies
You hear the wind passing over the pick handle
You hear the groan from its wheeler
As the air leaves his body and his chest tightens 
Calling upon all his might, the pick head strikes home
It bounces off the harden rock
The pick handle shudders, sending the vibrations up his arms
He briefly stops to survey his strike area

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Review of Key West Short Stories

 Heartwarming April 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A very deep, well written book of short stories! You will laugh, cry and wonder why some things turn out the way they do. The author reveals his joy and the importance to him of precious time spent with his family. You will be brought to tears while reading a mother saying her goodbyes to her three young children as she loses her battle with cancer. I loved them all!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Key West Writer Joe D Wells Interview

Author of the book - The Last Ruble - A Story is Born
1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I will normally just start with a basic idea, then as I begin to writing, the characters in the story guide my writing.  I follow their path, as they speak to me.

2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children's books, etc.)?
I like fiction, it does not limit my imagenation, plus I like adventure stories.

3. What kind of research did you do for this book?
For the financial side of this book, I lived it, working with and for Wall Street firms for twenty years, then for the other side, I try to bring my characters to life and let them tell me what to write.

4. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal  ?
I normally write early in the morning, say around four or five am, when my brain is fresh.  I sometimes write at my home in old town Key West, just off Duval Street, but for the most part, I write in the back of our cafe, also located in old town Key West, Florida.  As for goals, well I really to don't set goals i.e how many pages will I sit down and write, because I feel this might force me to write and if I am forcing myself to write, then I feel my characters do not have time to develop and tell me where are trying to go.

5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Stopping.  Once I get going, I really go, but writing tries my brain and body, so I have to make myself stop or  I am afraid, I might loose track of what my characters are trying to tell me.

6. What’s the best thing about being an author?
Self satifaction or perhaps better put, accomplishing a goal.

7. What are you working on now?
Part two of this book - The Last Ruble

8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Just do it and never give up.

9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Poe, Dickens and a few others.
10. How long does it take to write a book?
The Last Ruble took about three months, but I would guess,  each book if going to be different.  I do not put time limits on myself.
11. What is The Last Ruble - A Story is Born - about?

    I get ask a lot “What is your book about?”  This is a tough question to answer without giving the book away, but a book, to me is a journey.  I try to touch on all of one’s emotions i.e. Love, hate, death, romance, mystery, adventure and of course one must have a humor or I think you would go crazy in life.  I think my book, The Last Ruble, also focuses on loyalty, not only to loved ones, but to one’s self.  Loyalty to me is one of the major foundations in life.

     There are two main characters in my book, Jack Rivers who lives in the current times and Vladimir, a Russia soldier, who lives in a past years.  Together they travel many of the same paths in life, while searching for peace.  Their travels around the world and over the years bring them across the paths of many different people from different cultures and both seek to understand the meaning of peace within, although the cards they are handed to play are not always a winning hand.

     Not only will many of your emotions be touched in my book, but you will end up pulling for my main characters, as you live with them, as they come upon the cross roads in life they encounter.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

My Tooth Hurts ready by Joe D Wells

Here local writer and Key West poets read part of one of his poems from his book - Key West Poems - Part I

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Joe D Wells - My Tooth Hurts

Here is part of a poem I wrote called - My Tooth Hurts

It struck me at an early age
Perhaps, seven, eight or nine
Perhaps, but painful either way

The pain shot hard
Through my body
Touching all my senses
Including my heart

I could not sleep
The nights passed slowly
Only thoughts of
The pain. The pain

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Last Ruble - A Story is Born read by local Key West writer Joe Wells

Here Joe D Wells, a local Key West writer reads from his book - The Last Ruble - A Story is Born

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Book Reviewers

  My thoughts vary when it comes to book reviews.  Of course I am human and would like all good ones, but this is life and I stop trying to please everyone many years ago.

  Concerning Book Reviews. All are welcome. Here is how I look at things. I have three children, I have raised by myself. One likes carrots, but only steamed, the other likes them raw and the third, does not care for them at all - My point, you can not please everyone, so just do the best you can in life. I am a story teller and not looking for an English grade -- 
Best Island Joe

    One reviewer gave me a bad review.  I take the good with the bad.  None of us have a choice.  The reviewer wrote my writings reminded them of the old TV show Leave it Beaver. Simple.  My thoughts are I wish I could right as timeless as those who wrote this TV show.  I grew up watching Leave it to Beaver and from time to time catch the show on late night TV.  I grew up under the old saying - KISS - Keep it short and simple.  I do not mean to disrespect any reviewers - good or bad. As they are entitle to their own opinions, as I am.

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This is a reading by Joe from his book - Key West Short Stories - Part 1

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About Joe D Wells

Joe D. Wells, Jr. (aka Island Joe - Key West, FL) was born in Arkansas in 1959. His childhood involved a lot of moving, attending perhaps 10 different schools, before graduating high school from Colombia Military Academy. 
He worked various jobs on the streets of Memphis i.e. waiter, booking rock bands etc., before making his stake as an off Wall Street Investment Banker, traveling the world, several times over. His knowledge of Wall Street is self taught.
Joe spent twenty odd years working in Capital Markets. His main source of clients were institutions i.e. banks, large corporations and such, then he also did business with several small countries around the world. In the end, he had his on firm, were he found it easier to do business with the large Wall Street firms, rather than working for them. This seemed odd in the beginning, but it just worked out better in the long run. He thinks his biggest year, he paid taxes on about nine million - take home pay. 
Now a days, Island Joe does not were a watch and very seldom, can you get him on the phone, and then if you ask him what day it is .. you might get a question "What does it matter?"
He moved his family to Key West, Florida in the early 90's, then losing his wife, Elizabeth, to cancer, he was left to raise three children, (Trey, Brandon & AJ) which he will tell you is no easy job and perhaps, he could have done better, but he sure could have done a lot worse. Everyone seems fairly normal.
His family started Island Joe's Coffee Roasting Company around 2005, which has gained international fame for their ability to roast fine gourmet coffee and espresso. Then he begin baking, which bakers start early in the morning. Finding he had time between baking pastries and roasting coffee for customers, he begins writing, finding the solitude at the café early the mornings to be very relaxing. He can write without being disturbed, after all Key West is a drinking island, which most occurs at night and Joe D. has be known to enjoy his drink.

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