Post either a setting or character profile from your latest fiction project, a chapter summary of your non-fiction book, or a discussion of the theme or object inspiring a poem, article, or other writing project.
Hmmm, so many stories are my latest fiction project. I guess, the one I am writing right now would be the one to discuss.
- Must Be romance
- Happen in the early 20th Century
- Be 20-25k words ( full ms )
- Be submitted by February 15, 2014.
The picture prompt is just gorgeous and all sorts of things came to mind when I saw it, mostly the 1920’s a period of opulence and grandeur before the Depression.
Here is some background on my main heroine. This doesn’t really feature much in the story, but gives a background of who she is.
My main character is Rosalind Allen nee Finetti. Rosalind is in her early 20’s, a dancer at a speakeasy. Her father is a mobster and her mother is dead. Her mother came from money, but left that to be with her father, who unfortunately didn’t turn out to be who she thought he was. At her deathbed, the mother made Rosalind promise to escape from the lifestyle and be free. Unfortunately life doesn’t always happen that easily when you have mob connections in the family.
Rosalind, is naive in the way of men, even though she is a dancer. She knows what they like, but has never taken it further. When your father is part of the mob, you don’t mess with their daughters, so lots of suitors haven’t followed up, and her mother’s family isn’t interested in her either, so Rosalind is kind of floating on her own. She is a loner and doesn’t really have any close friends at the speakeasy, except for Mademoiselle Starr who is a matronly black woman who boards the girls upstairs. She knew Rosalind’s mother, and she is supportive of Rosalind escaping.
Rosalind wants to flee the intense scrutiny of her life, and be free from the constraints of the mob lifestyle. She lives in a dormitory above the speakeasy, she isn’t really allowed any outside contact with anyone, let alone a day time job. She gets fed, and a roof over her head, and a little spending money, but if they leave the dormitory, they are expected to take one of the bodyguards and only go to the shop and back again, no visiting of friends is allowed, so in a way, they are isolated from anybody else. Rosalind though, having come from rich blood, does think she is slightly better than everyone else.
While dancers, and burlesque dancers at the time, did risque dance moves, they were not prostitutes, although they were allowed to have boyfriends if they wanted them, but the extra cash was generally handed into the manager of the speakeasy. There were organised prostitution houses, but the dancers were considered prettier, and drew the clientèle in. Often prostitutes would frequent the speakeasies of their managers or bosses associates (or their own bosses) and could take them out the back or back to the house to complete the transaction.
Rosalind is threatened with being turned over to the prostitution house by Albert “Gorilla” Weinshenker (an actual gangster at the time who ran speakeasies in Chicago for the North Side Gang), when she is returned to Chicago after the death of her recent husband, Henry Allen.
So there is my character profile of Rosalind Allen also known as Scarlett Rose.