Interview with Judith Jo Pachino

Tell me a little about your book.
A Question of Heritage is a fictionalized version of my adoption story. At its core, the book highlights the angst of those in the adoption triad and the complicated realities of adoption. With close accuracy, it is the story of the search and finding of my heritage. It is the compilation of my experiences and the research of my past, a past that was previously unavailable to me, just as my original birth record was unavailable to me.
What inspired you to write this book?
I am adopted. This is a something I have known all my life, a fact that has had significance for me and has defined me. Suddenly in the fall of 2007, it became imperative that I search for my biological family in order to definitively prove my Jewish identity. The results of my search proved the adage "fact is often stranger than fiction." Once my story was known, many urged me to turn my incredible story into a book.
How did you choose the title?
The title truly describes the impetus for the search; a question of heritage innocently posed by our eldest daughter's soon-to-be fiancée upon hearing that I was adopted. He asked, "How does she know that she is Jewish?" The ramifications and implications of the question were far-reaching. A frantic search ensued; a search that I did for others, not for myself. This is my expression of the results of the search and my subsequent research. It all began with a question of heritage.
How did you choose the names of the two heroines?
The natural choice for the first heroine was clearly Jo. My biological mother's name was Joann, and from the moment I learned that seminal information, I have thought of her as Jo. The name Jo is also my middle name, given to me by my adopted parents, and it has special significance to the members of my family.

The name for the second heroine was also relatively easy to choose. I learned that my name at birth was Louellen. Upon hearing the name, our youngest daughter jokingly called me Ellen. She thought it somehow suited me, and I felt it was a perfect fit for the second heroine.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Throughout my life, I have felt that my adoption did in ways define me. A fact neither a negative nor a positive, nonetheless I felt compelled to share it with others. Writing this book has given me a vehicle to express the differentness I have always felt. It is my profound desire that the sharing of my experiences will help others to know that they are not alone.
Published 2014-05-04.
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Books by This Author

A Question of Heritage: An Adoption Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,810. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Inspirational
Jo finds herself pregnant in the early 1960’s with limited options. Derailed by betrayal, she must make an impossible decision. Ellen lives with the challenges of being an adoptee. She is compelled to unearth her past in order to definitively prove her Jewish heritage. A Question of Heritage resonates with the angst of those in the adoption triad, leaving the reader with insight and hope.