Joseph F. Ruggiero was born and raised in South Philadelphia He has spent his life working as a psychotherapist. He is an avid reader, walker, and family man. A member of the Secular Franciscan Order, leads a quiet life with his wife and family. He has founded a most successful drug and alcohol treatment facility where he has worked for more than 40 years. Even though he earns his living as a therapist, he believes deeply in the healing power of fiction: to uplift, inspire, entertain the soul, and bring about a change of values.