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Cara Charles

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As a long struggling screenwriter recently turned thriller novelist, I'm pleased to post my 2017 debut novel, THE PRICE SHE'LL PAY here on Goodreads. I've enjoyed the freedom of the long novel format for the first time in my writer's journey. I can finally exhale.

I blame my Muse for my deep interest in a story that originates in WWII. When I stumble upon a little known fact or segment of the war years, a story miraculously begins to bloom.

My other explorations into WWII are two feature scripts, one a biography, the other won several awards and is now in 2018, a novel about occupied Paris and the Mona Lisa -- I'LL BE SEEING YOU.

THE PRICE SHE'LL PAY takes a significant event that occurred in the strange last hours before the signing of t

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Cara Charles I skip the blocked section and keep writing. Then I go back to it. Sometimes I lay down for a "nap" to get into a brainwave state that answers my…moreI skip the blocked section and keep writing. Then I go back to it. Sometimes I lay down for a "nap" to get into a brainwave state that answers my question or sorts out the knot. Or I research.

That's why as a "panster" my debut took nine years. I did stop for many months, met with a WW II hero for six weeks, then wrote his story in a screenplay before I finished my debut. I couldn't stop tweaking it either.

Continue your momentum. When you completely stop, you lose your place in the world you're creating. (less)
Cara Charles For me, the characters are alive, they take over. I'm only writing what they tell me. I feel like their gatekeeper. I invite them in and they tell me…moreFor me, the characters are alive, they take over. I'm only writing what they tell me. I feel like their gatekeeper. I invite them in and they tell me their stories and take me to their world. I just record what I "see." When I still cry after many drafts, then I know something is "right."(less)
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Update 2018: 2012 was my first step onto the stage of Goodreads, someone's amazing idea to bring together lovers of reading and writing.

I'll let you in on my very own secret. I'm "crazy persistent." Sometimes I wonder, is this a touch of madness? You see I never surrender, much like the female leads in my stories. We take vacations from our dreams yes, but we never quit even when the goal seems... Read more of this blog post »
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" Life is too short. It is certainly too short to worry over ebook sales, or the lack of them. I shot my bolt with A Crofter’s Tale and I didn’t hit any targets. Likewise, my short story collection stalled totally. Two new books with no sales. ..." Read more of this blog post »
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Great read the slow sections out weighed by the exciting ones. Historical figures interwoven for interesting background, incite and details"
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Two determined young women are driven by the demands of a world at war.

Imagine yourself, a determined young woman escaping the dictates of family and friends to fly planes across the Atlantic to the men at war.

Imagine your life in limbo, separated
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Go home for the Holidays. You'll never know who has been waiting for you...

Gift yourself this season... Such a pleasant story of re-discovery... Don't miss it!
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“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.
- Winston Churchill”

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

“Take chances! Get messy! Make mistakes!”
Joanna Cole

“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”
Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

“His books were the closest thing he had to furniture and he lived in them the way other men live in easy chairs.”
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“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”
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