At the beginning of March, my wife and I took a trip to Daytona Beach for Bike Week. While we were there, we met up with an old friend who is now a published author. Pete Robertucci Jr. is the author of “Three Days to Eden”, available on Amazon. We spent the night with Pete and his wife, so we decided to have a drink and do a “10 questions with the author” segment to help me write this article. The book is a Sierra Hotel Tango Foxtrot, or SHTF, type of book. The setting is in Central Florida, and while reading it, I was able to reference most everywhere mentioned. Pete does a great job in his writing. I felt like I was right there in action. I wanted to bring some of this reference to those who read or were going to read his book, so I decided to take a few pictures to see what he was referencing.
The questions are as follows:
Ed: What got you into writing?
Pete: I got into a writing contest where I had to write about life as a fireman during the early days of the COVID 19 Pandemic. Fireman from all over sent in their submissions. Shortly after I sent mine in, I was called by one of the promoters, and they said they saw natural talent in my writing. I guess it just went from there.
Ed: What was your inspiration for Three Days to Eden?
Pete: My daughter and I go camping and hiking, like in the book, and one day I started thinking about what we would do and how we would handle it if we got stranded while out camping by some type of SHTF event.
Ed: Are you a survivalist?
Pete: I would say I’m prepared to survive a lot of things. In that sense I would have to say yes.
Ed: Do you hike and camp?
Pete: Yes. We enjoy many types of camping and hiking. We have gone on many family camping trips solo and with my daughter. We have hiked many of the trails in Florida and hiked on the Appalachian Trail.
Ed: Are the characters, in your book, based on real-life people?
Pete: Yes and no. By that, I mean some of the characters are based on people I know. I’ve changed the names and maybe the character a bit. There are a few that I combined characteristics of different people into one character. I made a person that fits into the role I needed.
Ed: What is your favorite firearm?
Pete: I really like Glock handguns. I’ve been training with them for a long time, and they work great for me—also most anything in an AR platform.
Ed: What is your favorite vehicle?
Pete: I like Jeeps. I recently got rid of the Jeep from the story. I traded it in on a pick-up truck version of a jeep, The Jeep Gladiator. Having the extra hauling capacity of the Gladiator vs. the Jeep Wrangler made more sense to me.
Ed: Besides writing, what do you like to do when you’re not working?
Pete: When I have free time, I like to prepare things I might need in the future. One of the ways I do that is to go camping. We recently traded our motor home for a newer one that offers the comforts of home while on the road. It gives me a great place to do a little writing while relaxing. Also, while I’m out and about with the family, we like to hike and fish. When I’m at home, shooting and doing a little gun training is very relaxing.
Ed: Do you really live in central Florida?
Pete: I have owned a couple of houses in central Florida. The house and property described in the book resemble one of them. Yes, we do live in central Florida.
Ed: Is another book in the future?
Pete: Yes. I’m currently writing Book Two in my Sierra Hotel Tango Foxtrot Series. It’s going to be bigger than the last one. I’m about a third of the way through with it. Pete and his wife were great hosts, and we enjoyed their hospitality while we had a couple of drinks and talked. We retired before midnight for bed as we had a long drive back to Ohio in the morning. Below you will find some pictures that were referenced in Pete’s book. Also, you can check out his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/3DAYS2EDEN.