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The Man Who Wrote Letters
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Phil Terrana was born in Rochester, New York, went to college in Lowell, Massachusetts, and has lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia for the past forty years. He has written two previous novel-Postal Service, about a career in the Postal Service and Hell on Earth, a love story, about his on and off again relationship with the newspaper business. He's written letters-to-the-editor for most of his adult life and currently contributes as a guest columnist to The Virginian-Pilot Forum Page. Like the two main characters in this story, he believes newspapers have played a vital role in our history, both as a major distributor of news and by providing an important platform for exchanging ideas or discussing policies in a public setting. He believes Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social interaction, while continuing to grow in popularity, present a very real potential for abuse. He also believes that the general lack of civility found on the Internet fosters much of the discontent in today's public discourse. A few years back, he went down to the wire in jury selection for a rather large banking corruption trial. Many shady deals involving bank officers, businessmen and public figures were eventually exposed in the trial. This trial, coupled with the role violence plays in the world today served as the catalyst for this story. He also remembers meeting and being intrigued by the speaking style of a girl from Huntsville, Alabama over forty years ago. She now lives in Opelika.

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