David Baldacci: Italian of the Week

“Write about what interests you. You need to sustain the passion as you work. Writing is hard. It’s easy to give up. Set yourself up for success instead of failure by building on that passion.”
David Baldacci

david-baldacciItalian American author David Baldacci was born in Richmond, VA, in 1960. He started writing in elementary school when his mother gave him a notebook, though he didn’t start writing seriously until high school. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He later attended the University of Virginia where he received his law degree. He practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C. as a trial and corporate lawyer. In an interview with the Washington Post, David has said that “some of the best fiction I ever wrote was when I was a lawyer.”

In 1996, while still working as an attorney, he published his first book, Absolute Power. Less than a year later, the book was adapted and released as a film starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. Since then David has published over 30 novels – both for adults and young adults. His books have been translated into more than 45 languages and Finisher-2have been sold in over 80 countries. His books in Italy are published under the pseudonym David Ford at the behest of his publisher who was concerned that an Italian American author would not interest Italian readers.

David currently lives in Virginia with his family. He is in the process of writing two books (including The Keeper which will be the second Vega Jane novel). His young adult novel The Finisher is being developed into a film. When he isn’t writing novels, David works closely with his nonprofit Wish You Well Foundation® – an organization that supports family and adult literacy in the United States through various literacy and educational programs. David counts Truman Capote, John Irving, Harper Lee, Conan Doyle, and Mark Twain among his biggest literary influences.

Sources: David Baldacci Office Site, Washington Post Interview, Encyclopedia Virginia

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3 thoughts on “David Baldacci: Italian of the Week

    • Hi Sue! If you are referring to Mr. Baldacci having to publish under a pseudonym in Italy, it is true! Here is the quote from the Washington Post interview linked above (it is also referenced in the Encyclopedia Virginia page):
      “David Baldacci: I think other countries like American thrillers, much like they enjoy American cinema. I had to change my name in Italy to David Ford when I was first starting out, so they wouldn’t think I was an Italian writer. Bugs me to this day.”

      • Do wonders ever cease. I never heard of that happening although back in the day I do know that here Italian Americans had to change there names too, to more American names.. I hope everybody came to their senses and peoples real names can be used. Thanks for the reply.

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