In this workshop, Solange Ritchie, award winning trial lawyer turned thriller writer, will guide you in the practical tools to creating memorable female lead characters that will leave readers wanting more. Covered topics will include heroic quality development, creating a dimensional lead, inner conflicts, external conflicts, and raising the stakes. Attendees are encouraged to bring a few pages of their own work to the program.
Born in Jamaica of a Jamaican father and a French mother, Solange Ritchie immigrated to the United States at age eleven. As a lawyer in Southern California, she was dubbed “the Case Saver” for handling intense legal motions that either make or break a case, especially in the areas of business, labor, and employment law. In 2014, she received the State Bar of California’s Solo and Small Firm Section’s highest award, the Myer J. Sankary Attorney of the Year Award. When Solange was just thirty-seven years old, her first husband died due to gross medical negligence. She began writing creatively as a way to deal with the stress of his hospitalization and death.
FBI forensic pathologist Dr. Catherine Cat Powers and her young son, Joey, have been trying to cope with the emotional aftermath of life without Mark, Cat’s ex-husband and Joey s father. Joey is especially vulnerable after his kidnapping by the Burning Man a year ago. But when a mysterious manila envelope arrives in Cat’ s mailbox a gift from a serial killer from Cat’s past she realizes that she and Joey may never be safe again.