A Conversation with Steven Joseph and his book Cranky Superpowers

Laugh, Reflect, and Embrace Your Unique Powers. Get to know more insights from the Cranky Expert and a sneak peek into his upcoming book. 

Crankiness expert and author Steven Joseph stands out as the quirky, humorous voice encouraging us to embrace our crankiness in a world inundated with self-help advice. Recently featured in OK Magazine, his books, each with a common cranky theme, blend humor and profound insights, leaving readers both chuckling and contemplating life. (See the OK Mag article: Holiday Gift-Giving Suggestions for the Cranky Person) 

About His Cranky Philosophy: 

Steven Joseph’s unique approach to self-help is a breath of fresh air, encouraging readers not to overcome crankiness but to explore its potential. In a landscape where self-help books often follow a formula; Steven Joseph’s stands out for its unpredictability and the lasting impact of its stories. He finds inspiration in the quirks of everyday life, turning mundane moments into humorous and insightful tales. 

Steven’s journey into exploring crankiness began with a children’s book, and the positive response led him to delve deeper into the concept through his blog and subsequent books. The ambiguity of this review captures the essence of Joseph’s work—humorous, thought-provoking, and a touch of madness.  Joseph draws inspiration not only from his daily life but also from the magical realms of fiction. 

He envisions Ben Stiller embodying the transformative journey of his characters with the perfect blend of humor and depth. The process of writing became a journey of self-discovery for Steven, reshaping his perspective on crankiness. His creativity knows no bounds, promising readers another whimsical adventure in the upcoming Snoodles installment. 

Even Steven Joseph’s responses to the rapid-fire questions provide a glimpse into his preferences, adding a distinctive touch to the conversation. 

 Q. What is the core message you want to deliver to the world through your writing/books/stories in your self-help series?

“I think that the principal message is to embrace our crankiness and look closely at it to see how it can be used to foster our own unique powers.” 

 Q. What makes your book unique?

“This book is different than any other book you will read. That is not what I say. It is what my readers tell me. Every chapter is different than the other. Every chapter will make you laugh out loud. Every chapter will make you reflect and think about your own life. The stories and lessons stay with you long after you finish reading.” 

Q. Who/What is your biggest inspiration in your writing? 

“I think it is the odd things that happen in daily life and in my work as a lawyer. An attorney comes into a mediation and exclaims it is not his first rodeo; I end up with First Rodeo CrankaTsuris as a chapter.” 

Q. When did you decide to write the Cranky book and why? 

“My first book was a Children’s book ‘The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris.’ It was a story about the smallest but crankiest dinosaur on the planet, and how all humans evolved from that little dinosaur.” 

Q. What has been your favorite comment/review so far about your book? 

“Is it genius or madness? I can’t decide!” 

Q. Which fictional character would be most exciting to meet in real life? 

“Hagrid from Harry Potter. He reminds me a bit of my amazing illustrator, Andy Case.” 

 Q. If your book were turned into a film/TV show, who would you tap to play the lead(s)? Why?

“Ben Stiller. He plays a lot of characters that fall in line with the characters in my book. He starts out sometimes as a bit of a loser, and somehow, he finds the inner strength that he did not know he had. It is his cranky superpower!” 

Q. What is something you learned while writing the Cranky Superpowers book? 

“I learned how to look at my own crankiness in a positive way, and how I just barely tapped into crankiness with two books.”

Q. Give us the scoop about your next upcoming book in the Snoodles series.

“I am so excited about this next book ‘Snoodles in Space, Episode 2: The Zoodles Strike Back.’ The idea for the book was a lightning bolt coming out of the sky. It turns the Willie Wonka upside down. The spoiled kids end up being the heroes in the story saving everyone on the planet from becoming Willy Nillys and Dilly Dallys.” 

  1. Running or Hiking? – RUNNING
  2. What is your favorite shower song? – SOME JEWISH PRAYER. I USED TO BE A CANTOR.
  3. Red Meat or White Meat? – RED MEAT
  4. Broccoli or Brussel Sprouts? = BRUSSEL SPROUTS
  5. Tomatoes or Potatoes? – POTATOES
  6. Baked or Fried? – FRIED
  7. Wine or Beer? – WINE
  8. Sky diving or Scuba diving? – SKY DIVING
  9. Fame or Fortune? – FORTUNE
  10. Invisibility cloak or sparkling skin? – – INVISIBILITY CLOAK

Steven Joseph’s unique perspective encourages us to find strength in embracing our crankiness in a world often overwhelmed by the pursuit of constant positivity. His books, filled with humor and insightful anecdotes, are a refreshing departure from conventional self-help narratives. 

Dive into the world of crankiness with Steven Joseph and discover the transformative power of laughter and reflection.  

Get insights and a dose of cranky wisdom by visiting Steven Joseph’s website.