By Lydia Roberts
What's the worst that could happen?
"I think it's harder for a city born, city based writer to write about small town life in an authentic way.
"I also think in NZ we are so spoiled by the beautiful landscapes, and in a way that's likely informed how I approach setting. I want to write about the quiet beauty of places like Maketu, or Tarawera."
In between writing, Josh hosts a podcast interviewing prominent authors such as Joyce Carol Oates and Dorthe Nors.
"I started [the podcast] because I wanted to ask authors my own questions, and figure out how they did it," Josh says. "It was as simple as that, then after a couple of years and when my debut novel was published I suppose my questions changed, and became more about the authors themselves and their work, as opposed to talking about breaking into the industry.
"I would select interviewees based on whether or not I enjoyed their books."
Josh's advice to aspiring authors is to write what you love to read.
"You can't go wrong with that," he says. "It's possible to write for a genre without actually enjoying it but it would make it all a great deal harder."