John A. Pascucci is definitely a local talent. John was asked to contribute an article titled "Why Write?" for FloridaWrites.com and his article tells about his talent, ability to write and create while experiencing extreme physical limitations, adversity and pain. The article appears as follows:
Why I Write
By John A Pascucci
I have given this question a lot of thought over the last few years, but never really sat down to put them in order before. For FloridaWrites.com, I wanted to explore this for myself and for all of you. Here it goes.
I used to write when I was younger, thanks to the encouragement of one of the best teachers a child could have. Mrs. Mitacek showed me writing could be a mental release when I was in seventh grade. I was going through a rough time back then and she showed interest in me, and kept me out of trouble with books and teaching me to write my thoughts down. I owe her to this day, if not for her, Jethro Guardian Angel, my first novel would have never been written.
In 2008, I was recovering from my first massive back surgery. I wasn’t allowed to do much for quite a few months and I couldn’t find anything to keep me busy and my mind distracted. For those of you who know me I am always moving and doing something. I am hyper by nature so for me to stay still is difficult to say the least. I remembered what Mrs. Mitacek taught me back then and decided to put it to good use again. I came up with an idea to write a book for my nieces and nephews. It kept me busy for a few weeks, but then I was able to start going to the office again and do small things so I put it down.
In 2010, I had to have emergency back surgery again. This time I had my faithful companion Ziva to help get me through. Ziva was a ten month old Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy. I couldn’t wait to get out of the hospital two weeks later to just hang with her and feel better about myself. I knew I had another long rehab to go through, but it didn’t seem as bad knowing Ziva would be at my side. When I got home from the hospital, I wasn’t able to do anything on my own. Some good friends helped me from the hospital, to the car, then into my house. I was so tired they brought me right to my bed to rest. Ziva jumped up so carefully like she knew I was fragile at the time. She gave me a ton of kisses then laid down right next to me. She kept watch over me and kept me safe.
I remember that same night waking up in a sweat with an idea I couldn’t get out of my mind. I yelled and yelled for my step dad who was staying with me. The poor guy was panicked thinking I hurt myself and something was wrong. Nope, I just needed a pen and notebook. I started to scribble down the story I had started before, but this time with Ziva as the main character along with Jethro. The original idea was tossed and Jethro Guardian Angel was born. That night the writing bug officially bit me and I couldn’t stop.
I spent my whole rehab writing it and rewriting it, trying to make it come out exactly as it was in my mind. When I was finished, I gave it to some friends and family to read. I figured the book was done and put it away. I started to write some poetry and another book in my spare time. I lost my business and my house when my back went on me again so I decided to move to Florida, to be closer to my family. My dad read the book and said it had to be published. I sent it off to a publisher and beyond good luck, they loved it.
This was one of the biggest breaks of my life because I managed to meet and make friends with some of the best people/writers in Flagler Beach. Tim Baker is an incredible writer who had me on his radio show a few times and has given me some invaluable advice. Becky Meyer Pourchot who writes incredible Ghost Series got me out and about doing signings and pushing my book online. Some of the best times I’ve had are doing book signings with them.
With my back being the way it is I have plenty of time to write and I love it. I find it to be very therapeutic, but also love to hear what people think about it. Good or bad, the feedback is always welcome. Jethro Book Two - Even Heroes Weep will hopefully be out at the end of the summer, with Book three to follow late next year. Then I will take a small break from the Jethro Chronicles to get out some unique ideas I have for a different genre. Wish me luck and I hope you enjoy my writing and imagination.