Hi everyone, I am retired, after teaching Art History/English for 31 years in California. I am currently living in Italy. Before becoming a teacher, I also received a law degree, and clerked at the LA District Attorney’s Office. I also have coached Mock Trial and Speech & Debate for over 20 years. I have been working hard on my first novel and was looking for a forum to help me develop some of the rougher aspects of putting this novel together. The setting for my work is Florence, Italy and my main character, Uccello, is a detective there. I’m 71 years old and while I’ve been told by many that I’m a good story teller this process is quite different. Thanks for reading this short background of my life and hope to help anyone in need besides learning from others.