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, Ruggiero and his wife Bernadette has five children, and nine grandchildren. He has founded a most successful drug and alcohol treatment facility, Self Help Movement, Inc, where he has worked for more than forty years as the CEO. Dr Ruggiero retired in 2010 but continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He pursues his passion as a fiction writer believing deeply in the healing power of fiction: to uplift, inspire, entertain the soul, and bring about a change of values. He has written two novels, A Rose on Ninth Street, and Raggabooty. He has adopted his first novel into a screenplay, A Rose On Ninth Street, which was shot in South Philadelphia, and Bristol , PA. The film will be distributed for worldwide digital release, and cable TV by Monarch Films.
Joseph F Ruggiero will share a portion of the proceeds of this book with Self Help Movement, Inc for their work in the treatment of Drug and Alcohol Disease. He will also donate to the American Diabetes Association.