Joey is a 47 year old entrepreneur who was born and reared in an area of south Louisiana commonly referred to a "Cajun Country".
He first started writing ceatively in 1986 after a disabling accident while working in the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. After two surgeries and a year of physical therapy Joey regained the use of his injured left (predominant) arm and enrolled at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, where he majored in Political Science and Journalism. During this period he cultivated a creative writing talent he didn’t know existed.
Joey started a desktop publishing business during his senior year of college in 1991 and left school 18 credits before his degree. In 1993 he converted his successful business into a Sir Speedy franchise, the first in Louisiana. He later opened a second location in Lafayette in January of 2000.
Since leaving ULL in 1991 Joey has put his creative-writing desires second to his entrepreneurial endeavors and community activism. Joey also served a four-year stint as the Mayor Pro-Tem/Councilman-at-Large in New Iberia, La., from 2000 – 2004.
“For many years I have put my desire to write creatively, and ultimately publish, secondary to earning a living. I have been so engrossed with building successful businesses and community-related activities over the past 18 years that I neglected to nurture what I believe is a God-given gift. And now I’ve reached a place in my life where that suppressed part of my being refuses to be put aside.”
Joey has plans to develop a whole series of books and other projects related to the Peli Claus character. He also is working on two other ideas for fiction novels.