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Linnea Sinclair

I chose “F” as one choice. Change in MC circumstances. Her Aunt dies and she receives an inheritance. She starts a new business with Derek and now he has just purchased a haunted house. Lots of changes, lots to look forward to finding out. This setup caught my interest because of the setting (Small town) and the voice… and light. Also the suspense of trying to guess what might happen.

Trying to guess WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN… bingo! Lots to find out… bingo! Good openers give PROMISES of things to come, not info dumps of the past or explanations.

And the small town setting–having worked with you, Ellen, I know this is where your heart is. So now you can see from the other side of the desk–so to speak–how a reader like you could be drawn into reading the kind of set-up you as a writer want to write. This is also why I counseled you way back when to consider the cozy mystery genre. I think something like that could be a good fit for you.

Now, as to this author and the whole house renovation theme INSIDE a cozy set in a small town… the author in real life is a real estate agent. She has some experience with houses and reno. She capitalizes on what she knows and has worked with and then wraps it into fun fiction.

My second choice was “G”

change: interruption in MC’s daily duties and change in his demeanor from possibly relaxed to fear at being called to see the Queen.

loss of autonomy, fear of being controlled by circumstances beyond our control.

fear of extinction, fear of unknown

emotion : worry, unease, uncertainty, wariness, dread

I liked this set-up because it was possibly based in history(setting) and also the suspense in the situation. ( I love reading British history books)

I love British historical mysteries too! 🙂

And, yeppers, being called in to a meeting with… GULP!…the Queen. One doesn’t have to be British to know that situation can get one’s knickers in a knot.

My choices made me realize situation, suspense and voice are probably most important to me.

Good! Situation for you is–let me guess 🙂 — small towns and dogs and neighbors and families tripping over each others’ emotional issues. So, no, you don’t have to have the Queen of England in your story. But whoever you have in that role you can make it FEEL LIKE she’s the Queen of England to the other characters. Someone notable and larger than life and worshipped and yet feared…  The concept of any character is impotent without the corresponding EMOTIONAL IMPACT that character generates or can generate in the plot.



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