Saturday, December 17, 2011
Someone Else's Fairytale
For the setting, well that was obvious. It had to be Albuquerque, the city that is basically a small town. Many actors have grown up there, from big names like Neil Patrick Harris to small bit parts like the kid crying in the hallway of Titanic. Even though the number of Hollywood success stories is probably typical of that size population, the fact that it is so close knit means that people know who in Hollywood is from Albuquerque. Their former classmates are still around with their amusing stories of how said famous people were in grade school.
My next thought, once I had the premise and setting, was: What if you're someone who has a reason to avoid media exposure? With this thought, I came up with my protagonist, Chloe Winters. She's got the same last name as a prominent Albuquerque dentist, because she is his daughter, just not by his wife. Hence the Winters family aren't thrilled that she exists. Besides that, the police recognize her name and she's got some unusual scars that she never talks about. When she gets her picture in the paper for talking to Mr. Hollywood, her property gets hit with vandalism.
And that's the set up for Someone Else's Fairytale. I had way too much fun writing this one, because even though a lot of fairytale conventions are out of date, they still captivate us. My contention, there's no reason to give up on fairytales. We just need to be honest about what makes a true Happily Ever After.
Until Jan 8, 2012, you can download this novel for free on Smashwords.