Native pens novel

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Everyone has their own “coming of age” story.

An Andalusia native has self-published a fictional book outlining one man’s fanatical voyage to adulthood.

Britt's novel.

“A Good Problem to Have” was published recently by Joseph C. Britt, who lived in Andalusia and now resides in Pelham.

“The book is a coming of age story set in the late ‘70s,” he said. “A young man struggles to make his way in the world. He is bi-polar, a fugitive from the Navy, and involved in a secret relationship with an older woman.”

Tom Phillips, the main character is involved romantically with his best friend’s mother.

“He sees the insides of jails and institutions, until finally his world crashes,” Britt said. “And he is left to face the truth about himself.”

Britt describes the novel as a “comedy.”

“The actions takes place in Andalusia and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi,” he said.

Britt said he lived in Andalusia from the late 1950s to the early 1980s.

“‘A Good Problem to Have’ is my first novel,” he said. “I worked on it on and off for two years.”

When he’s not writing, Britt makes his living as a restaurant manager, and on weekends, plays upright bass in a rockabilly band in Birmingham called the Martini Shakers.

The novel is available for purchase for less than $20 at