Interview with Anthony Joiner, Author of Atlanta Fish Fry

26 Apr 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Atlanta Fish Fry?

It was inspired by the hilarity we experienced in our day to day lives when throwing a Fish Fry. It actually started as a small gathering but by the 3rd time we did it, the party went viral and had 650+ people, the police blocked off the highway on ramps in both directions so that no more people could come, and they had to fly helicopters to understand what was going on, before walking over a mile through parked cars to actually come to the party. Then once they arrived, they ate fish and enjoyed the party. 🙂 We even had news helicopters show up.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Atlanta Fish Fry, what would they be?

Do What Ya Wanna by Rebirth Brass Band, I Can’t Wait by Outkast+Sleepy Brown, Oh My God by Usher, and Summertime by Will Smith.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

My favorite by far is non-fiction. I’m an entrepreneur at heart so I’m always looking to learn something new.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

How to Tell a Story by The Moth, How to Be Better at Almost Anything, and What’s Our Problem by Tim Urban.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

Chapter 13: The scene of the first fish fry that ballooned completely out of control. 🙂

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I listen to Native American Flute Music.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

When you’re creating your own shit, even the sky ain’t the limit.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

At times you should do things that make you happy, even if it only makes sense to you.


Anthony “AJ” Joiner is the author of the new book Atlanta Fish Fry, ‘Life’s a Fish & Then You Fry.”

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