Interview with Richard Di Giacomo

Published 2015-09-26.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, fantasy, and historical works.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Attending educational conferences, local history events, and author's fairs.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
California. It has such a rich history and a great diversity of cultures. Literally, the world has come to California.
When did you first start writing?
My first historical simulation was written in college. My professor was so impressed he asked, "Did you write this?" My first publication of simulations was in 1999. This has gradually expanded to 13 different books ranging for historical fiction to museum and movie reviews.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It took me three years to travel to all of the museums and historical sites and then write the book. I thought it would be a moderately difficult quest to see all of the historical sites in the Bay Area. Little did I know there would be over 220 of them!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I visited educators' conventions and did not see the books I needed as a high school teacher, so I wrote them!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When people say to me, "What a great idea! I wish I had written that book." It's very rewarding when someone enjoys my stories or tells me that their students loved one of my lesson plans in their classroom.
What are you working on next?
A historical fiction novel set in the ancient Near East.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, and Michael Moorcock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Tutoring and teaching writing. I also enjoy playing historical games, camping, and hiking.
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Books by This Author

The Critics of Columbus: The Character Assassination of a Great Explorer
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 28,120. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Expeditions & Discoveries, Nonfiction » History » Caribbean & West Indies / General
This book outlines the various forms of attack upon Columbus over the centuries, an ever-growing list of the Critics of Columbus. There has been a systematic attempt to assassinate the character of Columbus. Every aspect of Columbus’ life has come under attack. This book contains thoughtful and well-researched rebuttals to these critics. It calls for a more mature and balanced treatment.
Tales of Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,430. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Time travel, immortality, alternate history, and more! Fascinating tales from the past, the present, and the future.
The History Teacher's Joke Book
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 6,770. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire, Nonfiction » History » Study & teaching
This book is a joke book for social studies teachers to help add a little excitement to your classes and help students to have fun with history. It contains corny geography puns and wonderfully bad history jokes. The final chapter contains notable flubs that students have made in class. This book is guaranteed to keep you and your students rolling in the aisles!
Along the Rivers of Faith
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,520. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
The struggle of a family through the generations to define and defend their faith through many challenges.
Putting History to Work
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,700. Language: American English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History
Motivate your students to study history and social studies. When faced with an uninteresting part of their lesson, social studies students will sometimes say, ''When am ever I going to use this stuff?'' This book addresses this common lament by providing 50 lesson plans that demonstrate how the skills learned in social studies classes are used in a wide variety of jobs.
Historical Gems of the San Francisco Bay Area
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 120,880. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Museums of the World, Nonfiction » History » Reference
Whether you are a visitor to the San Francisco Bay Area or a long-term resident of the area, it’s not uncommon to focus on the major, well-known attractions and overlook lesser-known sites that offer more local flavor and background. This book lists over 220 historical sites and museums from all eras of California's rich history.
The History Teacher's Movie Guide: Choosing and Using the Right Films for Your Classroom
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 52,330. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Finding, funding, and using the right films and video equipment can be challenging for history teachers. This book helps you get good films that are free from bias, anachronisms, or objectionable content. There are many great tips on how to use films more effectively in your classroom and interesting assignments to go with them.
Ohlone Teacher's Resource
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 6,310. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Native American, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » History
This book contains: * Full color images of Ohlone sites, homes, tools, and historical paintings * Classroom activities * A complete list of places to visit to learn about the Ohlone * An extensive bibliography of Ohlone books, films, websites and CD-ROMs
The New Man and the New World
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,770. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Expeditions & Discoveries, Nonfiction » History » Renaissance
The Emergence of the idea of a new world The collective discoveries of Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, John and Sebastian Cabot, and Giovanni da Verrazzano constitute a distinct Italian Era of Discovery which laid the groundwork for all other voyages which followed. The Italian discoverers deserve a place alongside the well-known Humanists in the history of the Renaissance.