25 Years in the Rearview Mirror: 52 Authors Look Back

25 Years in the Rearview Mirror free essay anthology
Pages: 108

The perfect book to enjoy over your morning coffee. This collection of poignant and uplifting essays will warm your heart, raise your spirits, and compel you to examine your own life. As a tie-in to her book Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, novelist and award-winning journalist Stacy Juba invited her author colleagues to answer the question “What were you doing 25 years ago?” Meet Lieutenant Pink Shoes, the mysterious Red Man and a singing telegram; find out who got suspended from school, who almost missed the prom and who was the oldest campus editor; discover anecdotes of lasting romance, not-so-lasting love and raising a family; be riveted to real-life tales of a hurricane, fire and tsunami; gain insight into the writing journey of today’s top authors; and find out what makes your favorite characters tick.

Includes a special bonus for Twenty-Five Years Ago Today fans – find out what happened to Diana Ferguson on the last day of her life!

Publishing credits of the contributing writers include New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and recipients of the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award, Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, Mississippi Author Award, Benjamin Franklin Award, and Eppie Award, as well as nominees of the Pushcart Prize, Agatha, and Shamus Awards, to name a few of the many honors. Each essay can be read in under five minutes.

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From a foreword written by author Elaine Raco Chase:

Writing a foreword to a book that looks back twenty-five years is an interesting challenge. I ran through all those quotations like "if we don't learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it," and "do our past experiences shape our future," and—well, you know them all!

And what did I come up with? Yes and no! Not much help, right? But the authors who have contributed to this delightful book will make you think, make you cheer, make you cry, make you take a harder look at your past to see if it helps with your present and make you re-shape your future.


I love the stories from school days (or should it have been 'daze'), jobs (gosh what haven't I done since I was 14!), romance (for me, just one and going on 44 years), family life (now with very funny grandchildren), hard times (do they ever go away?), writing journey (always something new—paper to ebooks), what my characters were doing (I'm letting them live again as I update) and going further back than twenty-five years.

1985—was my twenty-five years ago. Life was its usual turmoil. We had just moved from Daytona Beach, Florida to Houston, Texas. The kids were adapting, the dog was just staring at the armadillos and I was making new friends and writing. Writers can write anywhere!
My publisher called, all excited, as my book, Special Delivery, a Dell Ecstasy Romance, had hit #1 on all the bestseller lists, and had outsold any other Dell book for that time. "We are sending you to the BEA—Bookseller's Expo—in San Francisco."
I was stunned. And excited. And needed to go shopping! Off I went to the mall, just a mere five miles away. Found some great bargains and headed back home. A mere five miles away.

It was Saturday, twelve noon, slightly overcast. I sat waiting for the light to turn green—unfortunately the guy, drinking the beers in a truck, in back of me—did not stop! Did not even slow down! Just slammed into the back of my small Toyota with his battered truck. Despite the fact I was wearing a seatbelt—he hit me so hard, my body slammed into the steering wheel and kept going through the windshield. That's the last thing I remember.

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