Saturday, August 23, 2008

Rock Star Extraordinaire...

About three or four years ago, my good friend Tommy Quigg and I were sitting in front of a clock on a dwindling Thursday evening, when I, remarking upon the time said, “it’s five minutes till Friday.”

He, being a musician, remarked back, “That would make a great name for a song.”

And now, three or four years later, here it is: (press play)

Tommy Quigg; Rock Star Extraordinaire

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fun Fact - # 1

Did you know that Johnny DePalma once, while opening a birthday present from his sister, accidentally stabbed himself in the upper left thumb with the blunt end of a #2 pencil? The pencil-lead quickly broke off inside, leaving him with a small bluish-black tattoo’d dot which remains ever-noticeable today.

Perhaps, one might say, writing is just in his blood.

Others however, quick to dismiss such a foolish notion, might remark that "graphite," and not "writing," now runs in his blood.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Who Knew!?

I was recently shocked to learn that not only are a couple of my books being read in select schools across the nation, but children, actual living, breathing children have begun to write book-reports about me and my work. Who knew!?

One such living, breathing child contacted me with a bevy of rather personal questions - which I’m certain will soon find there way into some literature tabloid next to a picture of me eating a sandwich. Well, I won’t have it! Instead you can hear it direct from the source… (That means me)

Full Name: John Joseph DePalma Jr. – But you can call me Johnny.
Where were you born: Los Gatos, CA on a very rainy day.
Where do you write: In my office surrounded by stacks and stacks of books.
What are you writing now: My very first book for adults - It’s a novella (which means short novel) entitled Trinity Twelve.
Do you have any pets: Two actually. A dog named Molly and a Cat named Thomas.
Do you really have to wear those glasses: Yes! I am quite blind without them.
Favorite Food: All types of cheese and honey. I like to consider myself an amateur connoisseur of both.
Favorite Drink: A nice warm cup of tea.
Favorite Day of the Week: Wednesday
Favorite Month of the year: December
Favorite Animal: Elephants and Giraffes are equally splendid - but I’ll include the whole zoo so that no ones offended.
Favorite Authors: Roald Dahl, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Christopher Durang, Tom Robbins, David Sedaris & Ayun Halliday
Favorite TV Shows: The Vicar of Dibley is quite clever.
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Movie: Mary Poppins (In fact, not to get into a terribly long story, but, if not for Mary Poppins I might never have been born) In fact, our Umbrelly symbol is an homage to Mary Poppins famous Umbrella.
Favorite Music: Bing Crosby
Favorite Mode of Transportation: By Hot Air Balloon or by old fashion Steamboat.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me @:
Or by snail mail @:

Johnny DePalma
c/o Umbrelly Books
P.O. Box 2703
Saratoga, CA 95070

Thursday, August 14, 2008

We're on Etsy!

Now you can purchase your favorite Umbrelly Books from and have them autographed an personalized by yours ever truly...


Fondest Reguards!
Johnny DePalma