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Sunday, October 8, 2017

WeWriWa: If The Slipper Fits . . .


As an English major in school, one of the things I dreaded was the theme paper. What’s the underlying thread running through this piece of literature that ties it up in a neat bow? Little did I know I was prepping for that equally dreaded question from editors: High concept. If I was pitching PRINCE OF FOOLS (and what else are we doing when trying to reach readers by shilling our books like a P.T. Barnum of fiction?), my fast ball would be “A Cinderella Story: Wrong side of the tracks meets man of her dreams,” i.e. a Cinderella barmaid to his dark prince. A difference that seems insurmountable, at least in her eyes, in today’s 8-10 line snippet between the hero and heroine.

"I'm not good enough for you, Rico. Your family knows it and so do I. My father was a poor excuse for a man, my daughter's was human, and I work in a bar and struggle to pay my bills and put food on the table. You're a prince, your line is pure." 

He was quick to argue, "Colin bonded with Mia and she's a Guedry!" 

"She's of a royal house, Frederick, and I'm from the poor house. There's a huge difference." 

"Did Cale say something to you?" he demanded, features reddening with fury. 

"He didn't have to. I don't want Evie broken under than kind of scrutiny, to not think she's as good as everyone else."

So far, there doesn’t seem to be a way for them to meet in the middle, at least not to Amber’s thinking. What’s it going to take to change her mind? I guess we’ll have to find out next week.

In preparation for the upcoming release of PRINCE OF FOOLS, I’m doing some fun promo to introduce myself to new readers – Hey, I’m not above luring them in with bribes of fabulous prizes! So, I’m participating again this year in Night Owl Review’s Hallopalooza Scavenger Hunt. If you’re looking for some new-to-you authors or just in it for $1,000 worth of goodies (no shame in that!), the Hunt runs from October 12th - 31st.


Hope you’re having a Spooktacular October so far. Happy Writing!!


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24 comments:

  1. I'm sure there's an angle or two she hasn't thought of yet, but you, the author, have.

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    1. Don't worry, Ed. I got this! Silly characters would be no where without me.

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  2. Now I'm really interested in finding out how he's going to convince her!

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    1. Actions speak louder than words in his case.

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  3. Cinderella story indeed. But we all know how that story ended. I'm sure she will overcome her reticence over her background.

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  4. That is definitely a difficult obstacle to overcome. I wonder how he'll convince her otherwise.

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    1. I think she's going to need to convince herself on this one.

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  5. Loved the royal house-poor house comparison...another excellent excerpt. I think the Cinderella concept works in most any setting, but yours is extra compelling!

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  6. Great high concept. I used that in one of my books but not until the end. You do such a great job zooming in on the main point.

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    1. Use the Force!! High concept . . . shudder!

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  7. Love the Cinderella story in all its guises, ad this is a nice twist! :)

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  8. HE'LL decide who's good enough for him, thank you.

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  9. I love Cinderella stories. Nice excerpt.

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  10. She's got a point--people are very good at excluding those that don't fit in. But you have me hoping he wins her over, anyway!

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    1. They don't know what they're missing . . . yet!!

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  11. I love a good Cinderella twist to a tale! Great snippet, Nancy.

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  12. I adore love in the face of adversity. Great excerpt.

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