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The Roaring Twenties are upon us once more… Looking Ahead in Writing: One hundred years ago, in January, 1920, Woodrow Wilson was President. World War I was in the past. The 18th Amendment, prohibiting “intoxicating liquors,” was the law of the land. The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was soon to be, eight months in the future. It seems like ancient history, but there are people alive today who were alive then. The world was on the brink of change, a lot of change. The quill pen had given way to the typewriter, which would hold sway until the 1980s, when “word processing” appeared. Over the past decade, online publishing, self-publishing, print-on-demand, author websites, podcasts, videos, online channels, Twitter, FaceBook, Instagram, and Pinterest, have created a vastly different landscape from what went before us. The world is a different universe for sure– from now, ‘til then. Gazing into the decade(s) ahead, what do you think? What do you expect? We hear it all the time: “We’re only at the tip of the iceberg.”


What matters most in life is often viewed as peripheral to the things that we focus on. Our one- time passions and dreams take a back seat to; “Life gets in the way when making plans.” Thus our- one- time aspirations are put “on hold.” If you meditate as to making your life work for you, making it better by –shuffling your priorities–taking care of yourself–discover what matters to you most, and taking action, will be for your benefit. If you don’t, who will? It’s a New Day, a New Year, and a New Beginning. How will yours start? How will it end? Make this year, your novel, and be sure it’s not fiction.


In Bullets Before Dawn-Murder in Chinatown, DetectiveJohnny Vero has been promoted to Lieutenant–partially due to the capture of serial killer Jean-Paul Vincent the previous year.With the help of Interpol, captured in France, Jean-Paul Vincent is from Ten Cents a Dance.


My character, Johnny Vero pays homage to my life long friend. John was a Yonkers police officer and an Inspector (Detective) for the White Plains, N.Y. District Attorney’s office. After I moved to Yonkers from the Bronx, John and I were neighbors and went to school together. Maintaining a life long friendship, we both retired to Florida. John went to Vero Beach and I went to Jupiter. John’s email was Johnny Vero. After his passing, I created a character in his honor—Homicide Detective Johnny Vero. 


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