Joe Flood is an award-winning writer and photographer who lives in Washington, DC. He spent his childhood in Illinois and Florida before coming to Washington to attend American University. He’s lived in DC for almost twenty years. A natural satirist, his literary novels highlight the absurdities and dysfunction of our times.
His first novel, Murder in Ocean Hall, asks whether Washington has changed since its days as murder capital of the nation. Set against the backdrop of the 2008 election, this mystery follows a cynical Washington detective as he investigates a high-profile murder case. The world’s most famous ocean explorer has been murdered in the Smithsonian. The story goes from the Supreme Court to dingy housing projects as a city’s greed and mismanagement is highlighted.
Flood’s second novel expands upon many of the themes expressed in his first one. Don’t Mess Up My Block is a comic romp reminiscent of Absurdistan and Catch-22. A man takes self-improvement to the ultimate degree by reinventing himself with a new name and career. Laurent Christ goes from company to company, offering advice as a management consultant. Disaster follows. Don’t Mess Up My Block is his story, filled with colorful anecdotes and entertainingly bad career advice.
In addition to his novels, Flood has written short stories that have appeared in Digital Americana, eFiction, Thematic, Story Bleed and elsewhere. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Hill Rag and elsewhere. He was also a contributor to the business book Blog Marketing. His writing demonstrates a keen eye for urban life and a comic appreciation of the absurd. Read more of his writing, and see his photography work, at joeflood.com.