ROBERT JOHN DELUCA
As a businessman Robert John DeLuca was compelled to operate within tightly restrictive parameters defined by market conditions, government regulations, and other restraining variables. As an author he enjoys the incredible freedom limited only by his own creativity and passion. He has always had a strong interest in writing, which he cultivated at Brown University and the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned BA and MBA degrees respectively.
After serving as a United States Marine Corps officer in Vietnam he left as a Captain to join the Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, where he was a national accounts lending officer. Eventually, he settled in Houston as the CFO of a residential construction company. He returned for a period to banking with the local office of Citibank, N.A and then moved on to become a partner in a shopping center development company. He subsequently founded Desert Southwest Realty. More recently, he was involved developing affordable housing using tax credits. In fact, his extensive business background provides a strong platform and fertile resource in support of his writing endeavors
He has published two books: “The Pact with the Devil”, a novel pitting a head-strong Texas businessman against a vicious Mexican drug lord and, “The Perfect Pro Football Coach”, a non-fiction work ranking every NFL head coach over the past fifty years A sequel to his first novel, “The Master of Deceit” in which a cunning manipulator embezzles millions from several government agencies, will be published sometime this year. A biographical memoir ,“Beatles, Books, and Bombs, and Beyond”, set in the turbulent 1960’s is a self-account of life as an ROTC student on an ultra-liberal Ivy League campus and a tribute to fallen Marine Vietnam comrades, will also be published in May. He won first place in the Texas Authors, Inc. Short Story Contest in 2016.
A New Englander by birth and jarhead by choice, Mr. DeLuca left Boston before the Patriots stopped being a joke. He has raised a family of four sons, and resides with his awesome wife, grandchild-of-the-week, and bullmastiff in Friendswood, Texas.
First place winner in the Texas Authors, Inc. Short Story Contest in 2016. .
Football articles published in Tennessee Sports Magazine
First place wiinner in Houston Writers House Short Story Contest in 2017.