Growing up with six brothers and sisters tended to be a little much sometimes. So their father would always tell them to go play outside.
“When I was little I played sports,” DiGiacomo said. “I would walk through the woods, go skiing, go camping, I was always going.” Sometimes playing outside would get old, and there would be down time. Robert DiGiacomo never wanted down time, he would constantly want to be doing something. When it would rain or DiGiacomo was bored, his father told him to go read, a comic book, or a book, just something.
“I hated to read when I was kid, couldn’t stand reading,” DiGiacomo said. “Until I was 15 or 16 years old, my dad bought me a book called Cosmos.” The book was about the stars and the planets. It had talked about the history of men who had studied it.
DiGiacomo began to read more non-fictional books. “But I would read encyclopedias whenever I went to the bathroom,” DiGiacomo said. “I would pick up random encyclopedias and I would just read them.” When he got older, he picked up a book called “Treasure” by Clive Cussler. It was about the Alexandrian Library. “I had read about the Alexandrian Library in the encyclopedia about Rome,” DiGiacomo said. Rome had stated that the library was lost. “I thought gee, wouldn’t that be an interesting book to read.” So he read the fiction book and loved it, he wanted to read more.
As he began reading more and more, he started noticing that stories were overlapping, and that there was too much repetition. “I thought, I like reading stories, I like telling stories,” DiGiacomo said. “Let me put two and two together and write my own book.”
He never had a desire to go to college. So he didn’t go. But he was still focused on writing his own book. “I read how to do it, I didn’t know how to write,” DiGiacomo said. “I wrote without knowledge.” He wanted to write a story down, so he started writing stories. At first he thought how hard could it be. “I later found out that you tend to write what’s in your head,” DiGiacomo said. “And when I put it on paper it did not make sense.
After he wrote his story, he had people read the story. People would tell him that it needed to be more readable, and that it needed to flow better. “I was 22 or 23 at the time,” DiGiacomo said. “And by studying, and going to the library and bookstores, I would read books on how to write a book.”
It finally clicked that he needed to stop reading the books, and actually start reading to understand the book. “I would read a line and try to figure out where it had come from,” DiGiacomo said.
He had to figure out what thoughts he was going to put into his story that would make sense. He learned from reading a lot and writing a lot how to do it. “And I was able to take a story that was very complicated and create a beginning, a middle and end.” He was able to accomplish giving people edge of their seat excitement, as well as some thrills. “I wanted questions to arise in their minds, all by writing my story down for them to read,” DiGiacomo said.
DiGiacomo owns his own construction business called Robert P. DiGiacomo builders. “We needed to eat,” DiGiacomo said. “You can’t make money writing, especially when I didn’t know how to write.” In the ’90s big-time writers popped out. “I’m just to late,” DiGiacomo said. “I didn’t learn how to write until after the ’90s.”
He loves to read, he loves telling stories. “My motivation was to put all my stories that I created in my head, and put them all together,” DiGiacomo said. “I made one complete novel of them that everyone can read and enjoy.”
A lot of the stories in the book are true. A lot of them happened to Robert in his life, while other parts in the story are fictitious. “A lot of the scenes are from homes I had worked on, or buildings I was in,” DiGiacomo said. “I got to work in Independence Mall, and I was able to pull stories from there that others couldn’t see.” Majority of the characters in the book are real people, he has seen, met and heard of.
His hope is to have more people read his book. “I like talking about it with other people,” DiGiacomo said. “I like hearing what people think.”
DiGiacomo’s book is called “The Boxed Angel.” The story is about espionage, history and an ancient artifact that can save the world.
“I have no aspirations to become a number one selling author,” DiGiacomo said. “I get pure joy out of others asking me questions, telling me about it and just overall talking about it.”