I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. And I have lived in Ohio all my life, fulfilling my career as a fifth-grade schoolteacher, a high school geometry teacher, and thirty-three years as a professor of mathematics. I have always dreamed of writing stories, so quietly, in my spare time, I wrote novels throughout my adult life. The only one who knew of my secret passion was my beloved wife, Angie, whom I tragically lost several years ago.
Just writing words does not mean that they should be published. So, though I dreamed of telling my stories, I was not sure if they would be worthy of publication. But, in a chance encounter, I met Dr. Robert Maurer of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Since Bob was a professor of English literature, he agreed to read the manuscript of Dracaena Marginata, which is my first novel. He told me that not only did I have talent but that my stories should be read by others and he encouraged me to continue writing. That novel, the third in my 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. Now I have completed four books and am working on the final book of the series.
I still live in Ohio. I am a widower with three sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.
“You should feel glad to have read the story, that it awakened in you some understanding of your own life, and that the story begins and ends to your satisfaction. ”
“I found Draceaena Marginata, a lively story that unfolds nicely and is not tiresome to read. The reading is helped in a technical sense with a little larger type and ample line spacing. One of the high compliments I could place on the book is your grandmother would like reading it. I highly recommend the book.”
“An intense, uplifting third novel from [Don] Greco that maps an unlikely friendship as it confronts adulthood, prejudice, and the mistreatment of the mentally ill.”
“The Malandrine was an excellently written story of love, family relationships, and revenge. It captivated me beginning to end. The characters were people that you care about. I highly recommend this novel.”
“This is one of those books that men and women can rally around and enjoy, especially as a summer read. Giving you a little bit of everything life has to offer, Tommy the Quarterback, keeps your attention from beginning to end.”
Gary Dale C.
“Don Greco, I believe has written a book that should have a wide readership and should cut across the book reader demographics. I could just as easily imagined reading this at age sixteen as I have read it this year, as I am almost forty-two years old. Because of its message and the quality of its story, and writing I would recommend this as a good gift for those people close to you, those who you love. Recommended!”