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The Wife is Barbie, sometimes affectionately known as Goose. Our kids are Jennifer and Mark. Our grandkids are Quinn, Madison, Oliver, and Peyton. The kids are long up and out. The Wife and I, along with our British Short Hair cat Maccabee and our Havanese pup Ryder, make our home in Pacific Palisades, California, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Malibu on the other three sides.

I’m a long-time, full-time lawyer, specializing in real estate and business transactions, litigation, arbitration, and mediation. I’m now also a short time, full-time writer, and a part-time golf “pro” too (in my dreams). In my spare time (!), I also like to read a lot—people as well as books.

Author Ron Barak

There I was, now a number of years ago, reader of books, pondering the idea of . . . writing one. A scary thought. But exciting too. One might even say . . . daring. Because I wrote my first on a dare from some “friends.” (With friends like that, who needs enemies?)

The Novelist!

Imagine that. I had a title in mind (and I used it), an idea for a story, and its ending (and I used that too, until I didn’t), and . . . oops, that’s right, I had nothing else. No literature or creative writing classes. Just an ex-gymnast who had traveled the globe, competing in the Olympics and other international events for the U.S. Just someone who had a Physics degree from college (in spite of not being able to change a light bulb or boil an egg). And then headed off to law school (not being able to change a light bulb or boil an egg, that seemed like the smart thing to do) to put off the inevitable for a few more years—having to find a . . . job (ugh, now that really was scary).

So one law practice later, I just started writing. Not a dark and stormy night. No shot rang out in the dark—at least not for a few pages. Some nine months later . . . behold, I had “finished” my first novel. Or so I naively thought. And now my second, which really is finished. And next? I do have a third Brooks/Lotello thirller in the works. Stay tuned. Please!

Writing Style

As for my writing technique, I’m a “pantser” (by the seat of my pants, wherever my characters take me) and not a “plotter” (no outlines for me, I’d probably get a bad case of writer’s block if I tried that). As for my writing style, I’ve been described by some as a cross between an Agatha Christie “whodunit,” a Lee Child or a John Lescroart “page turner,” and a Ray Romano self-deprecating “humorist.” Hmm. I may be a little confused. Maybe I’d just like someone (else) to describe me that way. 🙂

Okay, so now I’ve written my first and second novels. But how would I get anyone to notice? And buy? And read? Well, I still don’t know the answer to that, but some kind souls took pity and did because my first became a number one bestselling hard-boiled mystery on Amazon, both print and Kindle. What I do know is that along the way I’ve received a lot of help from some very gracious writers and editors who I’m now fortunate to count among my friends. And some of whose remarks are sprinkled across this website.

I am oh so grateful and indebted to them because nothing is more gratifying to any author than knowing that someone out there actually enjoys reading what he enjoys writing. And connecting. I look forward to more of that.


It has also occurred to me that there is still another source of gratification to be derived from my writing. Aside from hopefully creating suspenseful legal and political thrillers that will entertain and keep people reading into the wee hours, wouldn’t it be rewarding if my writing could also serve some useful real world public causes?  Both of my present novels draw attention to our dysfunctional form of government—not just back-seat driving and criticism for the sake of criticism, but truly possible solutions to the political corruption that confronts all of us today. The hypothetical 28th Amendment to our Constitution which is the subject of my latest novel, The Amendment Killer, is also a real world possibility you can touch and feel right here and now.

Writing Purpose Diabetes donationSpeaking of my latest novel (well, at least was), one of its primary characters is an 11-year-old Type 1 diabetic (the idea for which came from the fact that I have been a Type 2 diabetic for some 30 years). The Wife and I are honored to be donating no less than 50% of the net proceeds of that novel to several renowned diabetes organizations committed to finding a cure for diabetes. You can learn more about that here.

Hopefully, my writing will, in fact, contribute to some worthwhile real world public causes, as well as providing some engaging, suspense-filled entertainment.

Oh yeah, and if you just happen to be one of those public officials I’m after for abandoning their public trust in favor of their own personal agenda, we’re on to you, no matter which side of the aisle you’re on!

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