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Joe is a screenwriter and TV writer with credits on “Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” “King of the Hill,” “Beavis and Butthead,” “Gulliver’s Travels,” “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” and many others. He was nominated for an Academy Award for “Shrek” for which he won the BAFTA Award. He was nominated twice for an Emmy for “King of the Hill”.
Joe’s debut novel, “The Man Who Came and Went,” is literary fiction with elements of magical realism. It’s been a passion project for years, in between jobs for hire. Here’s the synopsis:
Sixteen year old Belutha Mariah, our storyteller, is the oldest of three kids from three different fathers. Her life’s goal is to keep her dysfunctional mom, Maybell, from procreating yet again and then to leave the coffin-sized town of Hadley, Arizona the second she graduates high school. Along comes the new grill cook at Maybell’s Diner, Bill Bill, a mysterious drifter with the ability to mind-read orders. As word spreads, the curious and desperate pour into this small desert town to eat at Maybell’s. Some believe Bill knows the secrets of the universe. Belutha figures he’s probably nuts. But his cooking starts to transform the lives of locals and visitors, and Belutha finds her angry heart opening, as Bill begins to show her the porous boundary between this life and what comes after.
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