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Daily Inspiration: Meet Dean C. Ferraro

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dean C. Ferraro. 

Hi Dean, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I grew up in Southern California. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (“Cal Poly Pomona”) and my Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law (“Ole Miss”), and I’m licensed to practice law in Colorado, California, and Tennessee.

After graduating law school, I worked a couple years in private practice with a law firm before I became an Assistant District Attorney in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a prosecutor, I tried countless cases, including seven first-degree murder trials all resulting in convictions. Much of what I learned and experienced there has helped in my pursuit of writing legal thrillers. After five years as a prosecutor, I went on to practice law several more years as in-house counsel for a large corporation and with a few private law firms. Then, in 2015, my family moved to Colorado and I opened my own law firm.

My true desire professionally has always been writing. When the pandemic first hit, my law practice slowed down, so I decided to make the most of my time. After getting diverted practicing law full-time for over twenty years, I finally committed to pursuing my true passion for writing, completing my first novel in 2021—Murder in Santa Barbara—twelve years after starting it. It was published in November 2021.

I was inspired by world-famous author John Grisham, who is a fellow Ole Miss Law graduate. Now that I’ve completed my lifelong goal, I’m dedicated to continue writing. I also have my own local law practice, Ferraro Law Firm, where I split my time between practicing law and writing. I’m currently working on my second legal thriller novel—Murder in Vail. It’s scheduled to be published in late 2022.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
There definitely have been challenges on the road to publishing my first novel. After the birth of my first child in 2009, I was inspired to fulfill one of my lifelong dreams… to write a legal thriller novel. I set a goal to complete my book in eighteen months. Believe it or not, that time frame seemed realistic at the time. Boy, was I way off! Eighteen months later, I had written about twenty-something pages.

As can easily happen, life got in the way of my writing. One child became two, sleep became a distant memory, spare time became diaper changing time, and the years flew by in a flash… And with a wife, two young children, and a law practice, finding time to write became difficult to say the least. Just like that, my writing became a distant memory for nearly twelve years. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Having been a trial attorney and former Assistant District Attorney for years, I’ve had the unique opportunity to participate in trials and courtroom hearings that seem more unbelievable than a Hollywood script. That experience, coupled with my deep-rooted passion and skill for writing, make for a great formula for writing legal thrillers. And it’s from my experience as a trial attorney that I get some of my best ideas, which in turn gives me inspiration to bring those ideas to life with colorful and imaginative writing. I think my real-life courtroom experience, especially as a criminal prosecutor, gives a unique advantage to my writing in the legal thriller genre.

Although I’ve been blessed to have some success as an attorney, and now as a writer, my greatest source of pride is not in any of my professional accomplishments. Hands down, without comparison, my wife and I are most proud of our two amazing children. They’re a true blessing and inspire me every day.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
My heart goes out to all those who’ve lost loved ones due to the pandemic. There is no question, the Covid-19 crisis has changed our world forever. Among the many things it has taught us, I’ve learned the reality of how short our time on this Earth is, and how quickly it can be taken away. With that, I’ve learned the lessons of making the most of my time and it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. There’s a quote from my novel in which I bring to life those lessons—”at the end of your life, you’ll regret more the things you didn’t do, than the things you did.” 


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