Joe Lee

Joe Lee has a background in radio, television, and journalism and was a radio disc-jockey and a television weatherman before becoming a full-time author and publisher. A graduate of Mississippi State University, he has over 1,000 non-fiction news and feature stories to his credit and writes for several Mississippi newspapers and magazines. He has nine fiction novels to his credit, including seven critically acclaimed Oakdale series volumes. His tenth book is his first work of non-fiction, a co-authorship of The Saints of St. Mary’s with X.M. Frascogna Jr. He lives in Brandon, Mississippi, with his family.

Upcoming Author Appearances

Thursday, June 6 / Jackson, MS / Lemuria / 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 14 / Jackson, MS / Mississippi Book Festival / TBD
Thursday, September 19 / Starkville, MS / Starkville Public Library / 12 p.m.
Friday, September 20 / Louisville, MS / Winston County Library / 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, September 21 / Bay St. Louis, MS / Bay Life Gifts at Century Hall / 2 p.m.


           X.M. Frascogna Jr., co-author of five previous books about football in the state of Mississippi, has teamed up with Jackson-based publisher and novelist Joe Lee to pen The Saints of St. Mary’s, the true story of Frascogna’s remarkable four-year run voluntarily coaching elementary school football at St. Mary’s Catholic School more than five decades ago. Lee, author of nine suspense novels, spent more than a year interviewing former St Mary’s players, assistant coaches, and opposing players.

        “So many of those men, now in their mid-sixties, have crystal clear memories of those days and told me they wouldn’t trade them for anything,” Lee said. “These are guys who have excelled over the years in the fields of academia, medicine, business, the practice of law, and philanthropy. All talked of takeaways from being mentored by the man they called Coach that proved just as valuable in adulthood as they were on the practice field.

        “The Saints of St. Mary’s isn’t just a football book, or a book about coaching football. The subtitle, ‘A true story of old school values and parenting lessons learned through youth sports,’ is crucial because the lessons are timeless. Parents, teachers, and coaches of all sports for both boys and girls will find it relevant.”


“. . .an atmospheric, Mississippi-drenched thriller you won’t be able to put down.” (Mississippi Magazine)

“ . . . Lee brews up a humble hometown mystery with a whodunnit you’ll never guess in thirty-eight years.” (The Clarion Ledger)

Joe Lee was interviewed by Sam Kealhofer in August 2023 for the Vision Podcast, produced by the Mississippi State University’s Communication Department. Click here to listen.
Joe Lee interviewed by Allen Mendenhall of Southern Literary Review in August 2022. Click here to listen.