Joe was graduated from Penn State with a degree in Finance. He lived in Philadelphia and eventually moved to Chester County to work for a small scientific instrument manufacturer which, shortly after his employment there, was acquired by Hewlett Packard. After several years in finance with HP, Joe made a major career change and became a Personnel Administrator.
His first book, Some Stones Shine, depicts a decade in his father’s life in the early 20th century. In it, Tarone has succeeded in describing what life was like in a Coal Region family almost one hundred years ago.
His second book, The Mega-Bite Murders, although obviously a work of fiction, inhabits an environment built upon Joe’s background in the computer and human resource areas.
Caught Up In It, his third book, is a sequel to The Mega-Bite Murders. In it, two supernatural beings set out to eliminate greed in the world. Sometimes humorous, mostly serious, Caught Up In It, in it’s closing pages reveals something that could be a surprise to readers of The Mega-Bite Murders.
Upon his retirement from HP, Joe returned to Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill County where he continues to write. He has served as an auditor in West Mahanoy Township, and as president of the Shenandoah Valley School Board. He now lives in Raven Run, the anthracite mining village in which he grew up.