RI Authors Showcase – Meet Janet DeLeo

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $250 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Janet DeLeo

After being a business teacher and an entrepreneur, Janet DeLeo found time to return to one of her first loves – writing. She started by writing poetry when she was young and then started writing anything that inspired her. She frequently started a sentence with the words, “When I write my book…,” but She didn’t know how serious she was when she blurted those words out. 

Janet also discovered a new love – painting. She now paints anything that doesn’t move. She also creates an endless array of items with glass. 

In no particular order, her current inspiration is fueled by three things: She is a Baby Boomer; she is a second-generation Italian-American; and she was six years old before she moved away from a little cocoon called “Federal Hill” in Providence, Rhode Island. That’s when she realized that everyone’s last name did not end in a vowel and that most men did not have funny names like LaLa, Slick, Blondie, or Bugs! She is also a proud graduate of a Catholic elementary school AND a Catholic high school. She is making a point that this background supplies her with enough material to write for the rest of her life! 

Learn more about Janet by visiting her website: https://janetdeleo.com/

Follow her on Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/3ma273ye

What a great title for a book! A Life Well Lived: Accompany my Father, a First-generation Italian American, as he Journeys Through the Depression, World War II, Fatherhood, … Patriarch in his First Ninety-four Years.  As Janet says, she met her father when he was twenty-three years old. She did not realize it then, but now she sees he had already packed a lifetime into his time on the planet. At ninety-four years young, he says his life has gone by in the “blink of an eye.” No matter how he or anyone else describes it, what a life it has been! It is the personification of the term, “a life well lived.” Walk the streets of Federal Hill. Savor the wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchens of the Italian immigrants. Watch as they develop strong families and help construct a new country. Appreciate them as they strive for and attain their share of the American Dream.

Janet will give away a copy of her book – a treasure for anyone with Italian ancestry, or anyone who enjoys reading about the past – to one winner. Just comment below and answer this question: What is your favorite Italian food?

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!

24 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase – Meet Janet DeLeo

  1. My favorite Italian food is chicken parm with garlic spaghetti. Your book sounds wonderful Janet. It is hard to imagine all that our parents lived through, from a time of ice boxes and no electricity to microwaves and planes, though I still won’t use a microwave! And that is not even to mention the depression and world wars! They were an incredibly strong and noble generation and there is no doubt your father’s story will be an amazing read!

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  2. Spaghetti Aglio e Olio and all the other Southern Italian favorites my mom cooked for the family. I still have her Italian passport and other memorabilia.

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  3. So any yummy Italian foods. Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorites. I often tell my children, not to judge people as everyone has many stories that make them who they are. This is wonderful that you are sharing your Father’s stories.

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  4. My favorite Italian food is Meat Lasagna. Thank you for sharing your father’s life. I just lost my father -n-law at age 96 who served in the war but he never wanted to talk about those years until I took him to the memorials in Washington, D.C. I look forward to reading your book.

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  5. Marrying into an Italian-American family opened my eyes (and stomach) to a wide array of wonderful foods that I never encountered in the French-Canadian-American home in which I grew up. I love it all, but choosing a favorite its easy: lasagna. It’s not only my favorite Italian food, it my favorite food. Period.

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  6. My favorite is Vegetable Lasagna, pretty much any Italian dish is my favorite. Aside from the military part of life, you will soon find that most people 80 and over can tell you remarkable stories about their lives. I’ve never heard anyone yet tell me they’ve had a boring 80 years of living. hope to meet you at an upcoming book signing.

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