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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
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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 ques…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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The Journey of a Debut Thriller Novelist/but Long Time Writer

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 as Read more of this blog post »
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While writing my thriller, I modeled the length after Nora Roberts' wonderful romantic thrillers which are around 425 pgs. in paperback and hard back issues.

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"This is a big book written in a deceptively simple and immediate style. It uses present tense throughout and is therefore very fast moving, like a screenplay. There are a lot of characters to get to grips with and relationships unfold gradually. The " Read more of this review »
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“Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.
- Winston Churchill”
Carl Hansen, Declassified

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

“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.”
Laura Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend

“To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is – in other words, not a thing, but a think.”
Penelope Fitzgerald, The Gate of Angels

“There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.”
Brian Aldiss

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A place to connect writers with Beta readers. Sometimes writers get so involved in the plot they can't see the wood for the trees. Hang on a sec'--th ...more
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Reciprocal first reading of finished work. (Prior to e-publishing or sending off to agent/publisher.)
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I am hoping that in creating this group I can help writers find someone to proof read their book. All books will be accepted.
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