My Writing Success Story. And a New Book Soon

Book Three is Coming…

Many of you ask how I started writing, why I have met with some success and why I remain enthused.

Some years ago, I told my children, adults at the time, how the immigration from Italy of my four grandparents made it possible for all of us to succeed in our great country. They came with nothing, save for a few satchels, and made something for all of us.

I told them of how my maternal grandfather built a three-family house (grandparents second floor, my mother’s sister and family first floor, our family on the third) in the Mt. Pleasant section of Providence, RI, and that I was fortunate to have the nurturing effect of the three families as the only child in residence for six years.
“I didn’t know that,” said Chris our oldest.

“Well, you need to know that.” So, I started writing.
My first story was about how my grandfather buried his fig tree every winter to save it for harvesting the next year.

‘Now,” I wondered, “What do I do with this story?” I decided to send it to the editorial pages editor of the Providence Journal (ProJo), Robert Whitcomb.

I received a call. “Hi, Ed. This is Bob Whitcomb. I read your story. I think it’s charming.”


“Yes. I’m going to run it.” Ahhh…journalistic lingo, “Run it.” I have arrived!
With Whitcomb’s confidence instilled in me, I continued to write and, in short order, I had my first book, Growing up Italian; Grandfathers Fig Tree and Other Stories.

There’s more. At the book launch a stranger strolled up and said, “Just sign it to Bob.”

“I’m sorry. Who are you?”

“Bob Whitcomb.”

“Oh my God. We’re meeting for the first time at my book launch! And you are responsible for getting me started.” He came to the launch. I gave him a hug.

Since then, I have written weekly blogs, stories for magazines, a second book (What Ever happened to Sunday Dinner?), very soon a third (From Neighborhood to Junior High School; My Story Continues) and a monthly Sunday column for that very same ProJo.
And through it all, I have had one editor, my wife, Diane.

I have loved every minute and trust the ride will continue for some time more.

Thank you to all of you who have made this possible.

By | 2017-08-14T16:09:39+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Ed Iannuccilli, Writing|10 Comments


  1. Bill Aquilante August 14, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Dear Dr. Ed, I can appreciate your writings about your families history as immigrants fro Italy. I have done quite a bit of searching my maternal grandparents and great grandparents who came here from the “old” country and were very successful. My grandfather took his whole family here to Providence in 1903. They also lived in the Mt Pleasant area. My great grandfather worked in the old Atlantic Mills in Olneyville.My grandfather became successful as a worker at the old Walsh Shipyard, a construction worker, a foreman of that company and also ran his own trucking company. He also built his own house in 1910. Although he could not read or write, and knew how to sign his name, and know the numbers from 1 to 10, I would consider hi a very successful man. I too have recorded his history for inspiration of my children and grandchildren. I really appreciate you books on similar circumstances. Keep up the good work!

    Bill Aquilante

    • Ed August 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Bill, thanks so much for this wonderful comment. Yes indeed, another immigrant success story with the underlying theme of hard work to survive and succeed.
      If any of those ‘old-timers’ thought they should get paid and not work, they were appalled.
      Your grandparents, and mine, gave us the opportunity to succeed in this great country. In fact, that’s what made the country so great. We should never forget it, and you have not by recording and memorializing your story, Bill.
      Good for you!

  2. Colleen Kellt Mellor August 15, 2017 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Yes, and another synchronistic event..our meeting. And we track together. I, too, write monthly column for Prov Journal..wrote a blog for 3 years..and will have my own for adults (Note I do not say “adult book” published soon (your positive review is on cover as one of three.)) We met as writers for Journal and I so value your friendship and support..two writers each, poised on whole new career later in life. How extraordinary!

    • Ed August 15, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

      A nice coincidence and a nicer friendship. Thanks, Colleen

  3. Beverly DeLuca August 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    I have your first two books ; can’t wait for your third.

    • Ed August 15, 2017 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Beverly. Coming soon.

  4. peter voccio jr August 15, 2017 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Dr, Ed,

    Alway’s enjoy your Sunday articles, written with love of
    your family and your precious youth written with a pleasant
    zing as if your grandmother was cooking up a Sunday spread.
    Enjoyed both of your books (born 1935) I could relate because
    of my Italian background and to some extent experienced some
    of your writings.
    Keep writing keep your youth and the good humor!
    Marvin Hamlisch wrote it and Carly Simon sang it.
    “Nobody Does it Better”

    • Ed August 15, 2017 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Peter. I welcome and appreciate your thoughtful comments

  5. June Rocchio Champagne August 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your Sunday articles in the Providence Jounal. “Jogging” everyone’s memories is entertaining and sometimes sad recollections of the way families “use to be”!
    Looking forward to your new book and the signing event!
    See you soon


    • Ed August 29, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you, June. It has been much fun.
      Yes, I will be sure to let you know of the book launch.

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