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Greece Author Releases New Book

By on February 7, 2019
Greece residents Dorothy Payne and Joe Janowicz pictured with Joe’s latest book Bang-Bang You’re Dead which features his mother-in-law Dorothy as the main character in the book.

Greece residents Dorothy Payne and Joe Janowicz pictured with Joe’s latest book Bang-Bang You’re Dead which features his mother-in-law Dorothy as the main character in the book.

Little did 92-year-old Dorothy Payne realize that, when she recently moved into the Villages at Unity in Greece, NY, she would be murdered…in a book, that is. Joe Janowicz, Greece resident and writer of the graphic novel comic BLACK MAN WHITE MAN, used her as a main character in his new murder mystery novel, BANG-BANG YOU’RE DEAD.  

Joe is the son-in-law of Dorothy, and he always promised her that he would one day make her a “star,” and so she is, even though she gets murdered in the very first chapter of his new book. “That first chapter, which involves her, sets the tone for everything that follows. It is a very important scene with some very important clues to the identity of the killer,” Joe said with a bit of a smile. “I do bring her back to life in a flashback later in the story, like having her come out for a final curtain bow before the story ends.”

As for the story, BANG-BANG YOU’RE DEAD centers on a series of mysterious murders in the fictitious Sunny Side Up Retirement Home. Each chapter tells a fascinating life story of an individual resident, with the killer then deciding to spare or end the person’s life. “My mother-in-law has always shared so many stories of her past that it made me think about how many stories we never heard about from our family, loved ones, and friends, and how those stories may have impacted or affected other people’s lives. Once she moved into her new home, I got the idea of blending personal stories like hers inside a place similar to where she now lives. Her move here was the catalyst for writing the story.”  

As for supporting characters, Joe talked to some of the people he met when visiting her and they became other leading characters in his book. “I changed their names and altered their stories somewhat to protect the innocent,” Joe said laughingly. “Let’s just say it will be an interesting read as the story unfolds with the secrets behind the murders being related to their individual and collective past.”

bookElly Stevens, a Kendall, NY, resident and a former editor for Kodak in their publications group, did the final edit of the book. Megan J. Parker, a local Honeoye Falls resident, was the designer of the book. Megan is also the author of several novels, including Scarlet Night.

Dorothy has always been a life-long reader of books. Her favorite ones are the Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, and, of course, romance novels, and sometimes a murder mystery sprinkled in between. Dorothy was given the honor to be the first to read the finished first chapter with her in it. Her reaction, as Joe hoped for, was she couldn’t wait to read the rest of the story and learn who killed her and why. She also thanked him with a smile for making her “a star.”  

As to the secret identity of the murderer, perhaps it’s a neighbor, perhaps a family member, perhaps someone who just passed through her life in one of her many stories. Bang-Bang You’re Dead is available at Amazon online and in Barnes and Noble bookstores.

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Photos by Karen Fien