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PostPosted: 12 Jun 2018, 06:13 

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I am very much looking forward to this conference. Please find below the pre-conference assignments.

FIRST ASSIGNMENT: write your story statement.

A federal judge fights to get her frozen embryos back from an extortionist.

SECOND ASSIGNMENT:sketch the antagonist or antagonistic force in your story.

The slick and chic Idrisa sees how a buck gets made in America, and it sure as hell isn’t by working one hundred pennies for each dollar banked. She contorts the rules just enough— and somethings clean-breaks them—to fund her dogged pursuit of all things hedonist. When this six-foot tall Glamazon with a brain is hired by a Wall Street billionaire, who lost a fortune and even more pride on an aggressive airline stock holding, she devises a scheme following a simple act of mailbox larceny to help manipulate the stock market. Over a steamy July 4th holiday in sweltering Atlanta, she steals five frozen embryos and gets a stiletto-heeled leg up on a goody-two shoes federal judge. Switching between the protagonist judge and Idrisa’s point of view, the two woman’s fates intertwine over ten action-packed days as Idrisa asks the judge to issue decisions on Idrisa’s timeframe. A humorous Bronx thug rounds out the cast of antagonists, whose violent tendencies eventually push Idrisa to realize that she may have a conscience after all.

THIRD ASSIGNMENT: three titles options.
Her Honor
Pregnant Pause

FOURTH ASSIGNMENT: Find a comparable in genre of women’s commercial fiction.

Diane Capri’s The Hunt for Justice Series (because features a strong, female federal judge at the main character in a series) meets the layered characters and gripping moral dilemma found in a Jodi Picoult novel, such as Plain Truth or a Spark of Light.

FIFTH ASSIGNMENT: Primary conflict.

Caroline Combs, a conservative federal judge and preacher’s daughter, must decide how low she is willing to go— including ruining her career and relationship with her family—to get her and the deceased love of her life’s frozen embryos back from an extortionist.

SIXTH ASSIGNMENT: sketch out the conditions for the inner conflict your protagonist will have.

Caroline Combs’s will experience inner conflict stemming from: (1) turmoil about whether she, raised a good Baptist, should have even done infertility in the first place (which she never told her family about) following her husband's diagnosis of pancreatic cancer; (2) guilt about her decision to delay implantation for seven years following her husband’s death due to her need to grieve and desire to excel following her confirmation as judge; (3) hormonal irregularity due the drugs taken in anticipation of the embryo implantation scheduled for one month's time; (4) guilt she experiences about not wanting to sacrifice her illustrious career (the only thing she has going right in her lonely life) and what that implies about the type of mother she must be; and (5) her painful decisions along the way as she decides whether to perform the Three Asks and sacrificed her legal ethics and violate the law she is sworn to uphold.

Caroline’s old law school friend, Jack Signer—who now works as an SEC attorney in Manhattan, is actively investigating the Wall Street Billionaire behind the extortion, and who has harbored a smoldering twenty-year crush on Caroline—shows up in Atlanta due to irregular stock trading patterns following two of her recent decisions. Although he suspects there must be a mole on her staff, she knows his theory of the crime is at least partially flawed, but cannot help him without revealing her transgressions.

FINAL ASSIGNMENT: sketch out your setting in detail.

The story takes places in two major locations: Atlanta is the primary, and New York is the secondary.

Atlanta: A city of contradictions: burned to the ground during the Civil War that erected a state capitol as a replica the U.S. Congress, except their dome is gilded with brash yellow gold delivered from the North Georgia hills. The Judge’s chambers is situated high inside a soulless federal building decorated in a hodgepodge of linoleum and fake wood, nestled in the economically repressed south west corner notwithstanding the booming towers and shrines to American consumerism that surround it. Time is also spent in her quant Decatur Craftsman’s bungalow in a lush, garden neighborhood in east Atlanta, a new age Yoga Shala, a funky Ponce de Leon restaurant, a posh and sterile Four Seasons suite, and a discrete-on-the-outside but gynocentric on the inside fertility clinic. Occasionally, the story travels two hours south and two decades back in time to Macon, Georgia, where Caroline grew up in a two story vinyl-sided “farm” and attended church at the Macon First Baptist where her Daddy is preacher.

New York: From a rented mid-century modern Financial District apartment to the streets of Tribeca; from a fancy Chinese restaurant where discrete meals are taken in private rooms to basement vaults of obscure banks in Chinatown, New York features prominently in this novel. Time is also spent in the Hamptons— at a billionaire’s estate, on a park bench, and a crab shack with plastic chairs and deep-fried everything.

I look forward to working with everyone!
Lexy Tomaino

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