The Great and Powerful AtoZ Theme Reveal Blogfest 2015

AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal Day 2015 - I'll be blogging about the roaring Twenties, that exciting time when everything was changing


This is the first year I take part to the A to Z Challenge and I’m so excited! I first learned about it last year when it was just over and I immediately decided I would take part next year. Then I discovered many people have a theme, and I immediately decided I would have one. I don’t know whether this is going to make things easier, as it’s supposed to do, since this is the first time ever I’m doing the challenge, but it sounds like fun.


I also knew immediately what my theme would be – besides I’ve been researching Roaring Twenties America for the past four years and I’m quite familiar with the subject.
Although originally I had planned to set my story in Depression Era America, I’ve never regretted moving it back one decade. The Roaring Twenties is a fascinating time where so many things we now take for granted first came into existence. It was a time of change for so many people (women, but also minorities, especially African Americans) but also a time where ideas still stubbornly clinging to the past (the Scope Trial, for example, and to some extent, Prohibition itself). These contradictions are the heart of this era, in my opinion.

When I first started researching the decade, I was shocked to discover how modern Twenties people were. In some respect, they were even more modern that people were going to be for a few following decades.
And what about aesthetics? I’ve always been fascinated with Art Deco and its streamlined lines. And the bobbed hairs, a women fashion that was at the same time a bit masculine and a lot feminine.

I was fascinated with Prohibition since the first time I read about it in my textbook at school. It was just a few lines (Italian history books aren’t particularly concerned with Prohibition, because other things concerned us most in those same years, namely, the rise of Fascism), but it blew me way the idea that such a natural, everyday life activity like drinking could be made illegal. I remember thinking that would be a great material for a story.

And so, some thirty years later, here I am writing that story.




A – Anti-Saloon League
B – Black-and-Tan
C – College
D – Drys and Wets
E – Eighteenth Amendment
F – Films
G – Gin
H – Hijacking
I – Indian Citizenship Act
J – Jazz
K – Ku Klux Klan
L – Lingo
M – Model T
N – New Woman
O – Organised Crime
P – Policy
Q – Quiff
R – Recordings
S – Speakeasy
T – Teetotal
U – United States Brewers Association
V – Volstead Act
W – Wickersham Commission
X – Xenophobia
Y – Youth Culture
Z – Zozzled

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I was born, raised and I still live near Verona (Italy), though I worked for a time in Dublin. I started writing fantasy stories as a kid. Today I’m a bookseller who reads fantasy, history, mythology, anthropology and lots of speculative fiction. Somehow, all of this has found its way into my own dieselpunk stories.

58 Comments on "The Great and Powerful AtoZ Theme Reveal Blogfest 2015"

  1. That sounds like great fun! Do you have a 20s Pinterest board? I have one inspired by The Great Gatsby. We could pin stuff to it like a party!

  2. Hi Pammy 🙂

    I have A FEW Pinterest boards about the Twenties!
    This is my place, in case you’re curious
    Where are yours? 🙂

  3. Hiya

    That sounds like a great theme and welcome to the A to Z! It’s my 2nd year taking part but my first year with a theme… hopefully at the end I’ll be able to compare and contrast the differences between A to Z themed and unthemed!

    Will pop by once we get going, best of luck and have a great time!
    Mars xx
    Curling Stones for Lego People

    • Hey Mars, I love your theme! I’m a jewellery maker too and I love beads! I’m very curious to read what you’ll come up with 🙂

      This is my first year… and I really think it’ll be a lot of fun. Can’t wait to start, even if I’m a bti worry too, but hey!

      • It’s good fun and can be a rollercoaster but everyone supports everyone else and we can all cheer each other on!

        Twitter is good for support and encouragement, I used the twitter chats a lot last year! I think they’re Thursdays but tweet anything on any of the hashtags and someone will answer you.

        Curling Stones for Lego People

  4. That sounds interesting…my history is not the best so this will be extremely informative! Good luck with the challenge 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by, Sanch, and good luck to you too 🙂

      Your challenge sounds amazing. All in limericks… I’m speechless…
      I hope you’ll enjoy mine. I loved researching for my project, it was a great journey.

  5. Great theme 🙂 All I know about Prohibition is that it played straight into the hands of the mob and there are some great films about it. I look forward to hearing more about the Roaring Twenties in your posts.
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

    • Hi Tasha 🙂
      I find Prohibition such a fascinating time in history, I hope people will like it too.

      Oh, my goodness, I love your theme! I’ve been a fantasy fan for decades and have been into myths and legends since even before that. Can’t wait to read your posts!

  6. Love it! This is a super fun theme! I’ll be keeping an eye on it, for sure!

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    Out of Print, Fiction authors and their shorts

    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

  7. Can’t wait to see everything you have in store! The 20s are a lot of fun, and you’ve been practically living in them! 🙂

  8. Sounds a great theme! I’ll follow with interest.

  9. Oh fun! I love this theme! I’ll be visiting back in April. I do love historical fiction, and I love to see it during A to Z. Welcome to the challenge, I hope you’ll have a great time!

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary – Epics from A to Z
    MopDog – The crazy thing about Hungarians…

    • Thanks for the welcome. And seriously, I love your theme too. I wish I’d be able to do soemthing the like, but I’m sure I’ll be learning from your Challenge 🙂

  10. Sounds great! The 20’s are fascinating. Excited to read your posts 🙂

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog today.
    I’m looking forward to your theme. The Roaring 20s is a fascinating subject.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I like your theme a lot myslef: WWII. That’s a time period I don’t know much about and I really want to learn more.
      You bet I’ll follow along in April 🙂

  12. Hey Sarah. Welcome to the A to Z Challenge. 🙂 I’m glad you joined and your theme for April sounds fantastic. The Roaring Twenties was an amazing time. I’ve always loved fashion from the twenties and art deco designs. So I look forward to seeing your posts!

    • Thanks Lanise. I’ve been waiting for April since last year, so you’d think I’m ready, right?
      But I’m working hard and hope my posts will be interesting.

      Love your theme. Cool libraries around the world. I mean, how cool is that! 🙂

  13. Ooh, what fun!!! I love the Roaring 20s!!! Can’t wait to read all your posts. I’ll definitely be a regular here. 🙂 Have fun and hope to see you ’round the A-Z racetrack!
    Michele at Angels Bark

    • Thanks, Michele. I really hope you’ll enjoy it.
      I’d have never come up with cush a cool theme as yours. The concerts of your teen days.
      I’m becoming all nostalgic, now. Can’t wait to read your posts 🙂

  14. How fun is that! I feel like dressing up for it heh.

    • Hi Mel and thanks for stopping by.
      I’m fascinated by other places AtoZ. I realised I’ve subscribed for quite a few blogs that will be posting abotu places I don’t know.
      Can’t wait to read your entries 🙂

  15. Love your theme! What a great time in history. I can’t wait to follow along in April with all your blog posts.

    This is our, The Chinese Quest first #AtoZChallenge. And we’re very excited to be participating!

  16. I look forward to learning more about the Roaring Twenties…a fascinating time in American history!

    I’m doing Inventions by Women

    • Hey, we’re both history buffs, aren’t we Sharon?
      I love your theme. I think that facts affecting people’s everyday life are so fascinating and we seldom learn about them when we study history.
      Can’t wait to read your posts 🙂

  17. I love the twenties! I adored the Gatsby movie and the Woody Allen movie with Owen Wilson when he travels to the twenties of Paris, “Midnight in Paris”, meeting up with all authors and artists of the day. This is gonna be great. Benissimo!
    Lene Fogelberg recently posted…Photo shootMy Profile

    • Well, my Twenties don’t really have much to do with this socialites’ stories, seeing as my novel is set in Chicago Black Belt, but I hope it will be fun for you people anyway 😉

      I haven’t watch Allen’s film yet, but I mean to. Everybody tells me it’s really brilliant.

  18. This is an amazing idea! Looking forward to reading your posts!
    Part Time Monster recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books from My Childhood That I’d Like to RevisitMy Profile

  19. Hi and thanks for stopping by. I find your theme fascinating too. And hey, my story kinds of falls into it 😉

  20. I love your theme! I’m a huge history buff and love the 20s-40s. Such a romantic and tragic era. Can’t wait to check out your posts!

  21. There’s something special about the diesel era, isn’t it?

    Hey, your challenge sounds… very challenging. I’ll cheer along! 🙂

  22. It’s a fascinating era. Look forward to the posts!

  23. I love your topic and theme. Both of my novels are set back in time. The research is so fun and I bet you’ll have fun sharing and getting lots of comments through the A to Z challenge. Welcome to this marathon event!
    Stephanie Rose Bird recently posted…Theme Reveal: Exclamation Points – A to Z ChallengeMy Profile

  24. Thanks Stephanie 🙂
    I discovered the challenge last year when it was just over. I can’t wait for it to start!
    I love writing my story, but yes, I had (and still having) a great fun reserching as well. I think history can teach us so much.
    Hey, where are your stories set?

  25. This is an awesome idea! I can’t wait to read your investigation into the 20s. So many great A-Z themes this year–I’m so excited 🙂
    Sabina recently posted…Travel Tidbit: Museum of Fine Arts, BostonMy Profile

  26. Very interesting theme!! I don’t know much about the 1920s, but I’m thinking there was a bit carefree to it and reckless spending, etc., which led to the Great Depression; maybe lessons we can learn to this day! Have fun with it!

    Betty recently posted…A to Z, Theme RevealMy Profile

  27. I love to read and write historical fiction, so I can’t wait to see what you write about. I’m a big fan of Art Deco as well. Happy A to Z!

  28. Hi Sarah, I started blogging right around A to Z time last year, and was scratching my head about all of the alphabet posts going around until I figured it out! 🙂 I’ve been looking forward to this, too, and I’m diving into the challenge on my own blog. I love history, and the Roaring Twenties is such a fascinating time…happy to be learning new things from you in April! All the best to you with the challenge.

    Sue Archer
    Doorway Between Worlds
    Sue Archer recently posted…A to Z Theme Reveal Day!My Profile

    • Hi Sue and thanks for stopping by.
      When I learned about the challange I thought it was genial and have been waiting ever since.
      We’re nearly there, now 🙂

      Your theme sounds like a lot of fun too. You’ll see me haunting your blog!

  29. Love you theme idea! And welcome to the Challenge! This is my fourth year in the Challenge and my first as a “minion” helper.Hold on to your britches and have a blast!
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B ~ One of Tremp’s Troops with the
    A to Z Challenge
    Barbara In Caneyhead recently posted…I Saw it on FacebookMy Profile

  30. Hi Barbara and thanks you for the welcoming 🙂
    I’m super excited for this challenge. Can’t say I’m ready, but I’m certainly excited!

  31. Hi, I am just making the rounds and trying to get to know others who are participating in the A to Z challenge. I am captivated by your theme. I love the 20’s era. I know your blog post will be fascinating and I can’t wait to read them. Welcome to the challenge. It is a challenge, posting everyday, but so worthwhile and fulfilling. I’ve made so many friends from this challenge. Best of luck.

    I am having a little mystery game for my crime fiction theme. There will be weekly prizes for solving daily clues and a grand prize at the end of April for solving the big crime. I hope you will stop by.
    Melissa Sugar recently posted…A to Z 2015 Blogging Challenge Theme RevealMy Profile

    • Hi Melissa and thanks for stopping by. Your theme sounds like a lot of fun! 🙂

      This is my first challange and I can’t wait for it to start. I think it will be very demanding, but also fun and (I hope) rewarding. I’ll tell you at the end 😉

  32. Dropping by to say hi! 🙂

    Your theme sounds pretty interesting. Looks like you’ve done a lot of research!
    Anna recently posted…#bookreview and launch: Michael by @plynne_writesMy Profile

  33. That is a fantastic theme, really looking forward to your posts!! I love the 20s, but I don’t actually that much about the era so I’m sure I’ll learn a lot over the next month 🙂
    Celine Jeanjean recently posted…A to Z Theme RevealMy Profile

    • Hi Celine, I hope you’ll like it.
      You know? Never imagined it would be such a job… but I’m liking it 🙂
      I’m also freaking out. It’s just few hourse left and I’m freaking out!
      How are you?

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