What's Your Story
by Cherie Claire
I once took a screenwriting class and I would come up with what I thought were fantastic ideas for films. When called on in class I would happily explain that there was this thing going on and that thing happening and this fun scene and then my characters would do this...
My professor would hold up his hand and ask, “But what is your story?”
If I couldn’t answer his question in under five minutes, he would dismiss me with a wave of his hand and tell me to get back to work.
Granted, Hollywood thinks in terms of simplicity but the point remains, your story should be something explained quickly. It’s the heart of the matter. It’s the point of everything. Your story is a road map to where your characters are going to travel.
To Kill a Mockingbird: You can’t understand another human being unless you walk in their shoes.
Moby Dick: Man vs. a beast of a whale
Harry Potter: Orphan finds out he’s a wizard and heads to Wizard School. Later, he realizes how his parents died, how he’s the chosen one and must fight the evil coming to harm the magical world.
My Viola Valentine paranormal mysteries: Hurricane Katrina gives Viola Valentine of New Orleans a chance to start a new life, but now the travel writer sees ghosts who have died by water — and mysteries to solve — everywhere she goes.
What’s your story?
About Cherie Claire
Cherie Claire grew up in south Louisiana, with mud between her toes and a rabid love of Mardi Gras parades. Born in New Orleans and now living in Cajun Country, she couldn't help but write about her unique, colorful state.
Cherie is the award-winning author of several Cajun historical romances and The Cajun Embassy series of contemporary romances. She's a Holt Award finalist, a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award finalist and received the Louisiana Press Women Book of the Year. Her latest is a paranormal mystery series featuring ghost sleuth Viola Valentine of New Orleans.
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About Caryn Larrinaga
Caryn Larrinaga is an award-winning mystery, horror, and urban fantasy writer. Her debut novel, Donn's Hill, was awarded the League of Utah Writers 2017 Silver Quill in the adult novel category and was a 2017 Dragon Award finalist. Watching scary movies through split fingers terrified Caryn as a child, and those nightmares inspire her to write now. Her 90-year-old house has a colorful history, and the creaking walls and narrow hallways send her running (never walking) up the stairs. Exploring her fears through writing makes Caryn feel a little less foolish for wanting a buddy to accompany her into the tool shed. Caryn lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their clowder of cats. She is an active member of the League of Utah Writers and the Utah Chapter of the Horror Writers Association. Visit CarynLarrinaga.com for free short fiction and true tales of haunted places.
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I am really enjoying the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. Verity Long has a way of finding trouble, and her small southern town has its fair share of drama and mystery. In this case, one that goes back several generations. It's a good thing she has her new best-ghost-friend, Frankie, to help her out. This one gets a bit dangerous.
When Verity finds a body in the library, she begins her trip to a convoluted past full of lies. Someone killed the woman because she found out a family secret, but which family and what is the secret? But wait!! What if it isn't just one secret? Verity has to pull the strings to unravel one heck of a historical coverup - and she couldn't have done it without Frankie.
To complicate things a bit more, there's a station filming a documentary about the town's most famous battle. Verity's almost mother-in-law is heading the charge to make the town famous and won't let anything stand in her way.
I loved visiting some past ghosts from book one, meeting a few really nice new ones, and watching Frankie's antics as he tries to unground himself from Verity's house. Lots of great banter, some dangerous situations, and a mystery solved in a very clever way. Highly recommend this series.