My guest today is Don Greco, author and one of our regular guests and experts on both our radio shows and TV shows. Today he will discuss his latest book and a story he wrote for children. A review: Greco draws upon his life in Ohio’s Mahoning Valley, and its remarkably diverse cultures, to write his novels about ordinary people with extraordinary lives. Dracaena Marginata continues the Youngstown Quintet series that his previous novels, Abramo’s Gift and Tommy the Quarterback began. And also his newest The Malandrine great books and extremely well written.
Click on the book cover to learn more about each story.
Donald Greco grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. He has spent his career as a fifth-grade school teacher, a high school geometry teacher, and thirty-three years as a professor of mathematics. He has always dreamed of writing stories, so quietly, in his spare time, he wrote novels throughout his adult life. The only one who knew of his secret passion was his beloved wife, Angie, whom he tragically lost several years ago.
Just writing words does not mean that they should be publishable. So Don, though he dreamed of telling his stories, wasn’t sure if they would be worthy of publication. But, in a chance encounter, he met Dr. Robert Maurer of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Since Bob was a professor of English literature, and when he learned that Don had written stories, he read the manuscript of Dracaena Marginata, Don’s first novel. He told Don that he indeed had talent and that his stories should be read by others―and that he should continue writing. That novel, the third in Don’s series called the Youngstown Quintet, was published in 2014 and was granted by the influential industry magazine, Kirkus Reviews, a Kirkus Star and was designated as one of the best novels of the year. Greco still lives in Ohio. He is a widower with three sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. For more information go to Don’s website at dongreconovels.com. You can purchase his books on Amazon.com