Jon D’Amore was born and raised in Hudson County, New Jersey during the historic eras of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s...and only a tunnel ride away from midtown Manhattan. He was immediately consumed by entertainment, education, and growing up in a culture and heritage few have or will ever experience.
At 7-years old, Jon began studying the guitar, which groomed his love and knowledge of music. A seed had been planted. At 10, he wrote a story about the Civil War for a 5th grade school project that resulted in the principal transforming it into a small stapled book that was distributed throughout the county school system. Another seed had been planted.
Jon graduated school, played among the bands that proliferated the New York City, Long Island and Jersey Shore club scene, opened for touring acts, and by his mid-20s he worked as a session musician.
While touring during the 1970s, Jon was also a feature writer for New Jersey’s third largest newspaper, The Herald News, simultaneously allowing him to enjoy the best of his favorite worlds; playing rock & roll...and writing.
Nineteen-eighty-five brought a new side to Jon’s life. He stepped away from the music business, used the skills acquired as a stage performer and writer, and stepped into the corporate world. Fourteen years later, as the National Director of Labor Relations for a NYC insurance conglomerate, Jon realized he didn’t want to grow up to be like the people he was working for...so after suggesting to the Senior Vice President exactly where to put his company-owned laptop and expense account, Jon drove to Los Angeles and spent 18 months writing his memoir, The Boss Always Sits In The Back...and he stayed there for 14 years.
It didn’t take long before Jon learned that “L.A. is to screenplays what Manhattan is to book publishing.” But instead of returning to the east coast with hopes of getting The Boss published, he spent time learning to write and edit screenplays, allowing him to stay in the land of sun, surf and high gas prices...though always hoping to see a time when The Boss would be published.
That time came in May, 2012. What followed were four years of coast-to-coast book readings and signings, TV appearances, and multiple print and radio interviews.
Wanting to give The Boss fans a follow-up, Jon knew Deadfellas, a screenplay he had co-written with Steve Barr, would offer a satirical turn by bringing together everyone’s fascination with the Mafia...and the popular world of zombies, a genre that never dies. In 2017, Jon turned the 90-page screenplay into a full-blown story with its roots going back to the late 1800s, and concludes in the present.
During interviews Jon was asked why he chose Deadfellas as his next book. He responded with, “I’ve never been happy living in the box others deemed to be the norm. So why would I start now?”
In 2018, he proved that again with his third book, The Delivery Man. There are no mobsters. No zombies. Just some good ol’ vigilante revenge...and saving America from Russian and North Korean nerve gas attacks. Sure, that may sound timely now, but Jon wrote the storyline (including those countries) in 2006. Go figure.
After three books that have kept readers on the edge of their seats, in April, 2020, Jon again changed genres with As Long As I Have Lips…a romantic comedy set amid the advertising and cosmetic industries, and the attraction older women have of younger men. In December of that same year, he released the drama Rubdown, a story of innocence, sex, betrayal, romance, trust, murder and secret identities.
What does the future hold?
One thing’s for sure, Jon’s already writing the next book, and the odds are good that it won’t resemble any genre he’s previously given to the public.
In the meantime, Jon’s currently waiting for the check that’s supposedly in the mail...and listens to rock & roll music all the time.