PRLog (Press Release) - Sep 10, 2011 - Author (and Screenwriter) John E. DeJesus of Hazlet, NJ was among several authors to appear at the 4th Annual Jersey City Book Festival: A Tale of Our City. The Event took place on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Van Vorst Park from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Van Vorst Park is located on Jersey Avenue and Montgomery Street, across the street from the Main Library.
A Tale of Our City was presented by the Jersey City Free Public Library in conjunction with Mayor Jerremiah T. Healy, the Municipal Council and the Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs. The Book Festival Chair is Sonia Araujo, who is also the Assistant Director of Biblioteca Criolla.
TACO is “a Brooklyn Tale” about growing up Puerto Rican in New York; as seen through the eyes of a young boy, and how the characters who watch over and love him, color his world. TACO is the author’s first foray into writing a book. Although many people mistake the book as being autobiographical, it is not. This stems from the richness of the characters and the descriptions of the neighborhood. You feel as though you are there.
As the author points out, “one rule of writing is to write what you know. It’s a good rule but it’s not entirely accurate. You have to use your imagination and make up characters and places and situations. I grew up in Brooklyn, on a block similar to the one that Taco grew up on. I took some stories and ideas of things that happened in my life and added a whole lot of imagination.”
John DeJesus is also working on his second book: THE LIGHTHOUSE. It’s about a young boy who escapes the problems of his life by climbing to the top of the town’s lighthouse, which brings him some peace.
John DeJesus began writing a little over five years ago and so far has written three screenplays; two of them with his brother, David DeJesus. So far DESCENT (a dark drama), PARCEL (a comedy), and RICO (a drama) have been entered into several screenplay contests and all three have placed in the Top 100. Currently, John DeJesus is working on two other screenplays: GROUND ZERO (action adventure) and CROSSING THE LINE (action adventure/romance). He is hoping to pitch them to producers sometime in October.
One of the most interesting things about the author is that he does most of his writing on his daily commute, to and from work on New Jersey Transit. He wrote most of his screenplays and his books on the North Jersey Coast Line. “It’s two plus hours that I can do something that I love to do. It’s very cathartic.”, says the author.
When he collaborated with his brother, David, it was thorough e-mail and phone conversations. Technology is a wonderful thing. He has written the following saying, which he wrote and has placed in his book, as the driving force behind his writing,: “The most buried treasures lie in the cemetery. There lies buried the dreams that never came true, the goals that were never reached, the inventions that were never created and the books that were never written. Don’t be a buried treasure.
John E. DeJesus”
Visit TACO at http://www.TacoTheBook.com
TACO is available thorough AMAZON and Barnes and Noble.