An Author’s Journey Unveiled!

Greetings, dear readers!

I am delighted to share my story with you. I’m an author who passionately advocates for diversity. Growing up in the heart of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, as part of an Italian American family, I was immersed in a vibrant neighborhood that shaped my identity.

While my culinary passion ignited early on, weaving its flavors into my first two books—one exploring Lifestyle Changes and the other dedicated to the beloved art of Pizza—I soon ventured into uncharted literary territories. Brace yourself for an exciting journey!

I embarked on new horizons beyond the realm of culinary delights. One of these works is memoir-like, where I dive into the authentic experiences of a dear childhood friend, someone who shared the streets of Brooklyn with me. But that’s not all! Prepare to be enthralled by my latest creation, a fictional psychological mystery. Meet Rebecca, a Valley Girl turned millionaire and retiree who embarks on a thrilling adventure.

Dear reader, it is my genuine hope that you find joy and inspiration within the pages of my books.

Warm regards, GJ Maresca


I’m GJ Maresca, GJ for short, a passionate author with a diverse background that has shaped my unique storytelling style. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, my love for cooking was ignited at a young age. Influenced by an Italian heritage, my passion for cooking and baking was nurtured by grandparents, who were skilled chefs and bakers. As a young individual, I worked in numerous renowned Italian establishments, including restaurants, pizzerias, and bakeries, absorbing the essence of Italian cuisine in the late fifties and sixties.

While I initially believed that my future lay in the culinary arts, fate had a different plan in store. Drawn to explore the world, I joined the Navy and embarked on a journey of adventure that would forever leave an indelible mark. While later pursuing a higher education, earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, which ultimately led to a fulfilling career in computer science. Over the course of Forty years, I thrived in the field, enjoying the challenges and rewards it brought.

Upon retiring I finally had the opportunity to revisit my lifelong passion for cooking. I embarked on a journey to Italy to receive formal education in Italian cuisine, particularly focusing on the art of crafting authentic Italian-style pizzas. With the necessary skills and knowledge in hand, I found myself in the sunny state of Florida. Where I ventured into the world of gastronomy as a restaurateur and personal chef, even teaching cooking classes to eager learners.

Driven by the desire to share my culinary creations with a wider audience, I felt compelled to put pen to paper. This led to the publication of two cookbooks, which I thoroughly enjoyed writing, each with its own unique theme. However, my creative spirit yearned for more, and I decided to delve into fiction. My first novel took the form of a memoir, drawing inspiration from a person who had profoundly influenced my life. The story grew so rich and intricate that it had to be divided into multiple parts.

Embracing my love for mystery, particularly the works of Agatha Christie, I ventured into the realm of psychological mysteries. My second novel captivated readers with its intricate plot and unexpected twists. Unfazed by genre boundaries, I’m currently immersed in writing my fourth and fifth novels, both blending mystery with elements of science fiction. I love to infuse charm into my characters, therefore, transporting my readers into captivating worlds.

Eager to connect with my audience, I eagerly await feedback, comments, and reviews, hoping that readers will find my stories as captivating as they were to write. With a genuine passion for cooking and a flair for storytelling, I invite you to embark on an enchanting journey through my books, inviting you to savor the flavors of their culinary expertise and immerse yourself in the captivating worlds they create.

Thank you, GJ Maresca        


I believe that stories have the power to bridge gaps, foster empathy, and ignite our imagination.

Cook Warrior Engineer Chef Who? A mesmerizing and captivating memoir-like tale of dreams.”

Incessant Dream A psychological mystery that transports you to a world where reality and fantasy are a blur.”


I have embraced diversity, and this inclination is vividly reflected in my culinary creations, they inspire a wholesome lifestyle while savoring life’s pleasures.

Diet’s Don’t Last… Embraces a Lifestyle of nourishing, Low-Carb, and Sugar-Free delights, while breaking the cycle of diets.”

Not Just Any Pizza! Embarks on an exciting culinary adventure, unveiling the art of homemade pizza, beyond the ordinary realm of store-bought varieties.”