Daniel Wetta

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I lived in Mexico in 2009 and 2010 and suffered the murder of a young friend who was kidnapped, tortured, shot, and left in a vacant field in his home city of Monterrey. Israel was a bright and handsome college student. The mistake that cost him his life was to meet the wrong person at a party: She was the estranged wife of a drug cartel leader in Monterrey, but she didn’t tell Israel. Their flirtation put an end to his life and the dreams for him of all who loved him. I was aware of the violence in Mexico when I arrived and tried to stay alert. After I came to make friends and saw that they courageously lived their lives in a world abundant with daily horrors and impunity, I realized how safely we lead lives in the United States. I learned that we know so little about how we contribute to problems in the country to the south of us.

Israel’s murder began to haunt me a little more each day. I couldn’t forget him. I spent two years researching and understanding the violence of organized crime, especially that of the drug cartels throughout Latin America and the United States. I found out that on the demand side, the people in the United States purchase the majority of drugs coming from the Mexican cartels. On the supply side, our country is the biggest supplier of illegal weapons used by these cartels. These weapons have been responsible for at least 100,000 deaths in Mexico in the past seven years. Even the casual marijuana enjoyed in social gatherings in our country arrives to us with a lot of blood on their leaves. We don’t think about that at all.

The result of my time in Mexico are The Z Redemption and its sequel, Corvette Nightfire, published in April, 2014. These are the first two books of The Z Redemption Trilogy. I like to think that writing these novels has helped with my personal redemption.

As for my bio, I am a retired Certified Public Accountant who spent most of my career in the health care field. For twenty years I was the CFO and then CEO of a Virginia hospital and nursing home in a large healthcare company. I wrote short stories as a young man, and at the College of William and Mary I really learned to write. I received my undergraduate degree in History there. Later I went to graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University, where I got a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting and then my Masters in Business Administration from the University of Dallas. I am a life-long lover of Corvettes, Las Vegas, and living on the edge. I am in love with my family, and I am passionate about United States and Mexican history, the Spanish language, and using social media.

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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Richmond, Virginia in the suburbs in the late 1950s and '60s when kids actually played together on their streets and houses never needed to be locked. Organized sports were rare. Most families only had one car. The transportation of choice for kids was the bicycle. I led a neighborhood gang of mostly girls in bicycle adventures all over Richmond. Our parents did not have complete knowledge of just how far we roamed. The key was to be back in time for lunch or supper. Chapter 3 in my novel, The Z Redemption, basically is a slight exaggeration of my childhood.
When did you first start writing?
I read a lot of science material as a kid, mostly astronomy and physics, and these fueled my imagination and gave me fire to explore. So I wrote a number of short stories until I got busy in college. I went to the College of William and Mary, a liberal arts school, and majored in history. Most of our exams required us to write three essays in less than an hour. I ended up with a career in accounting and hospital administration and did a lot of business and marketing-related writing. I retired (too young) at age 54. Five years ago I went to live in Mexico for a year and had experiences there which resulted in my renewed passion for writing. The most excruciating experience was the murder of a young friend whose company I enjoyed daily. He was an innocent who got tortured and murdered by a drug cartel. Writing truly has been a form of therapy for me.
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Nightfire! (The Corvette Nightfire Prequel)
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Series: The Z Redemption Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 8,970. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2014 by Daniel Wetta. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The sins of the grandfather determine the destiny of Corvette Nightfire! Discover in "Nightfire!" the moving and disturbing fate of Día and Luna, the Tarahumara Indians who were Corvette's grandparents! Written in the fast-paced style of The Z Redemption trilogy novels, this romantic thriller fleshes out the events 50 years ago that put into play the fate of Corvette and his passion for Valentina!
Last But Not The End?
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Series: El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014 by Daniel Wetta. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Eighty-seven-old-lifetime artist, Dan Wetta, a career accountant who lived a different life through his work, continues to share his insights and unique vision of the world in Last But Not The End? This is Volume 7 of his series, El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity, the final volume, which returns to philosophical musings of Bible stories and evolution through cartoons and Bible art.
Walking the Blues Away
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Series: El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,230. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2014 by Daniel Wetta. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Eighty-seven-old lifetime artist, Dan Wetta, a career accountant who lived a different life through his work, continues to share his dreams and unique vision of the world in Walking the Blues Away. This is Volume 6 of his series, El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity, the next-to-last volume, which highlights lions, tigers and cows, along with more memories from a long life rich with experience.
Mixed Signals
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Series: El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014 by Daniel Wetta. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
In "Mixed Signals," Volume 5 in the series, "El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity," 87-year-old artist, Dan Wetta, continues to display his life-work of paintings and cartoons. Virginia. Volume 5 highlights paintings of buildings and things long gone, no longer used or needed in the world. Plus cartoons to make you laugh and some very comical birds!
New Orleans In My Mind
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Series: El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,230. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014 by Daniel Wetta. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
In "New Orleans In My Mind," the fourth volume of the series, "El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity," 87-year-old artist Dan Wetta goes deep into recollections of his childhood in New Orleans and his high school and early college education at St. Joseph's, a Benedictine seminary and monastery, during the 1930s and 40s. Wetta splashes life in New Orleans from long ago on a vivid time-capsule canvas!
Struttin' All Around
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Series: El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014 by Daniel Wetta. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Struttin' All Around is volume 3 of 87-year-old-artist Dan Wetta's series entitled, El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity. The author is publishing his entire life's works of art, including paintings, mixed media drawings and creations, doodles and cartoons. In this volume, artist Dan Wetta includes bible cartoons, spiritual renderings of birds, wacky cartoons, family, and odds and ends.
A Smart Aleck Audits the Bible
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Series: El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014 by Daniel Wetta. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Dan Wetta was born in 1927 and inherited an interest in art from his father, a commercial artist. Dan began drawing and cartooning as a child, but he earned a living as an auditor.When he retired, he thought he could use his auditing experience to ferret out errors in the bible, but boy, did he get fooled! This is the first in a series of books entitled, "El Artista: A LIfetime of Curiosity."
High Blood Pressure
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Series: El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,940. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014 by Daniel Wetta. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
High Blood Pressure is the second in a series of books entitled, El Artista: A Lifetime of Curiosity. The series documents the lifetime work of 86-year-old artist, Dan Wetta. Each painting or cartoon is accompanied by a story, anecdote, or humorous commentary. This volume, like the first, has humorous or thought provoking Bible themes and commentary and includes satire, nature, and landscapes.

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Awakening From the Golden Sleep
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Series: The Z Redemption Trilogy. Price: Free! Words: 5,830. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
This supplementary short story to the novel, The Z Redemption, is about the childhood of Ana Valdez, one of the principle characters in the novel. Ana grew up to become one of the true heroines and patriots of Mexico when she was in her thirties. Her life had always been privileged and especially enriched by her older father’s love. Discover the young Ana who later became a heroine of Mexico!
Corvette Nightfire
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Series: The Z Redemption Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,460. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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When gunfire erupts in a Las Vegas casino, a beautiful woman thrusts a heavy bag into the arms of Corvette Nightfire. Commanding him in Spanish, which he does not understand, she shoves him and flees to an awaiting car. In a flash, Corvette's destiny is changed. He must track the disappeared girl as he becomes the hunted.This non-stop, romantic sequel to The Z Redemption will leave you breathless!
The Z Redemption
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Series: The Z Redemption Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 155,690. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The Z Redemption is a steamy thriller with life-and-death entanglements, sudden twists, and characters who fight passionately for their loved ones. Based on true events, the novel tells the story of ordinary heroes who fight back against drug cartels after their families are victimized. A military coup in Mexico is the backdrop to a story of healing and courage that spans international borders.

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