Joe is currently an underapprentice gold polisher, unbearded. He is also working diligently on mastering the ancient art of Dwarven brewing. Being beardless, he fears much of the taste added to Dwarven beverages may be residuals from frequent but inadvertent beard dippings, so his efforts may be doomed to failure.
Including influences such as Shunryu Suzuki, Tolkien, Krishnamurti, Iain M. Banks, Laozi, Stephen R. Donaldson, Philip Kapleau, Raymond E. Feist, Edward O. Wilson, Dan Simmons, and David Bohm, Joe creates existential fantasy filled with rich worlds, concepts, stories, and ideas.
Joe holds an advanced degree in environmental management from Duke University where he also studied religion with a focus on meditative, experiential, and transformative traditions. Additionally, Joe graduated with (dubious) honors from the Tellanon Institute of Noetic Knowledge, Education, and Research (TINKER) and has yet to put this knowledge to good use.
When not at play with his family, he enjoys reading, writing, and relaxation. When he can, Joe also practices various martial traditions in which he has attained the victim level of proficiency.
In addition to Confessions of an Angry Dwarf, Joe is also the author of the Chronicles of the Fists trilogy, Nemesis, Everygnome's Guide to Paratechnology, and Mulogo's Treatise on Wizardry. He is also working on something else but really cannot say more on the matter at present.
For more information, please visit Joe's website at: josephjbailey.com.