Last Call: Red by Alison Cherry

Red by Alison Cherry

Words from Red by Alison Cherry, Pub Crawl’s Book of the Month. Photograph of girl used via Creative Commons

In Red, Felicity St. John is on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. She’s practically a shoe-in with her long, wavy, coppery red hair. But then she receives an anonymous note (“I know your secret”) and worries her biggest fear might be revealed: she’s a fake. All that gorgeous hair is dyed. Desperate to avoid humiliation (and still snag the prize money that comes with winning the pageant so that she can attend art school), Felicity refuses to fold to blackmail. The question remains: how far will she go to protect her secret, and will it be worth it?

Have you ever broken some unwritten rule—colored outside the lines when no one was looking—knowing that whatever price you had to pay, it was completely worth it?

Like always, leave your answers below, or share longer responses in a blog post on your own blog, linking back to it via the comments.


3 Responses to Last Call: Red by Alison Cherry

  1. Julie Nov 29 2013 at 10:42 am #

    LOVE this graphic and how beautifully the model reflects the way I imagine Felicity – beautiful (fake?) red hair and thoughtful (worried?) look on her face. THANKS ERIN for another incredible LAST CALL!!
    As for the question, I’d like to think I color outside the lines and break unwritten rules as often as I can. 🙂 As writers, I think that’s our jobs. It can be tough when I write so many posts here about craft – I often worry that it may seem that I’m laying out rules for writing, but hopefully posts about craft are viewed as guidelines only – rules to break when it makes sense to break them.
    Thanks for this post, Erin!

  2. JoSVolpe Nov 29 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Love the graphic as always, Erin!

    Like Julie, I think rule-breaking is part of the game with books, and I love it.

  3. Susan Dennard Dec 5 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Awesome graphic, Erin. As always. But wow–you really captured the quote and the story here. Nice.

    And to answer the question, I have definitely broken a rule or fudged a line or maybe lied a little to myself in order to get where I am now. Like Julie and Jo said, so much of this industry is about breaking rules creatively. But I found the same was true in science as well. There’s a saying with field work and experiments: everything that can go wrong WILL go wrong. Over and over again, this was proved to me, and I had to learn to think on my toes and to problem solve at the drop of a hat in order to salvage my research. That led to a lot of colorful rule-bending. 😉

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