Joseph E. Dames, III also known by his nickname, Junior Man, was born in Stuart, FL. Most of his youth was spent as a hard-headed, rebellious man-child trying to navigate the urban streets of St. Petersburg, FL where he grew up. At the age of seventeen, after a life-shattering event, that left him standing before a Pinellas County judge who pronounced a sentence of 25 years to life, he was forced to let go of his youth and freedom. While in prison, he, with the encouragement and support of others, dug his way out of a pit of darkness and despair by seeking and gaining wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that assisted in his transformation from man-child to the successful business owner and entrepreneur he is today. Now, while living a life of abundant grace and with a committed and determined desire to help deter the neighborhood youth from traveling the path of destruction he once traveled, Junior Man has a personal mission to “save the children.”
“I want the reader to be inspired, and understand that even in a dark situation it doesn’t have to stay that way, the situation will get better and there is light at the end”.
BLAQVERSITY MAGAZINE: How did your journey as an author began?
JOSEPH E. DAMES III: My journey began as an author when I was 20 years old serving a life sentence.
BLAQVERSITY: Was becoming a writer something you always wanted to pursue?
JOSEPH: Absolutely not, I grew into writing and I realized that my story would help at risk youth.
BLAQVERSITY: Who motivated you?
JOSEPH: My mother Charlene Thompson, and Bro. Shabazz.
BLAQVERSITY: What inspired you to write your first book “Collecting My Thoughts”?
JOSEPH: Initially it was for therapeutic reasons but as time went by I realized that I knew that it was a message in there for somebody.
BLAQVERSITY: Is it based on your past life?
JOSEPH: Yes it was based on my past life.
BLAQVERSITY: Since becoming a published author, what challenges have you faced if any?
JOSEPH: A delay in my books being shipped due to COVID-19.
BLAQVERSITY: What genre do you write on?
JOSEPH: Motivational Self Help.
BLAQVERSITY: What message do you want your readers to take away when reading your books?
JOSEPH: I want the reader to be inspired, and understand that even in a dark situation it doesn’t have to stay that way, the situation will get better and there is light at the end.
BLAQVERSITY: What does being an author mean to you?
JOSEPH: Being an author allows me inspire and impact the youth who are at risk.
BLAQVERSITY: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
JOSEPH: 5 years from now I see myself as being a successful business owner like my Uncle Aaron “BO” Dames.
BLAQVERSITY: Have you ever thought about being an author full-time?
JOSEPH: Yes, In order to become a full time author it’s a must that you build your author platform and that is what my team and I are working on.
BLAQVERSITY: Tell us about your marketing strategies as an author? Do you find it to be challenging at times when promoting your books?
JOSEPH: The current marketing strategies right now is to focus on building my author platform, which is so vital as an author. Most of our planned events were postponed due to the COVID-19. What’s challenging is the COVID-19 has been a thorn but my team and I had to shift and pivot to online marketing to get my book into the marketplace.
BLAQVERSITY: How can readers connect with you and support you?
JOSEPH: They can visit my website to learn more.
BLAQVERSITY: What are your final thoughts?
JOSEPH: I hope that my book can inspire those who may be on the verge of losing their way or those who’ve already lost their way and are struggling to get back on track.
Collecting My Thoughts is my story of Redemption and a compilation of short stories that will walk readers through my journey of evolution. For more information about Joseph E. Dames, III visit his website at
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