Build Your Ideal Story with guest author, Jim Shomos
Up Here is the debut novel from Australian film & TV pioneer Jim Shomos. Up Here is a unique love-triangle featuring two dynamic women and one ro-man-tic; it’s a feel-good exploration of a modern romantic dilemma that asks the age-old question: what if?
We recently asked Jim to choose from our delectable menu of story options and build us his ideal story…
$10!!! How can you put a budget on romance? The beauty of love, is that your heart is its own ‘mint’ and doesn’t need to worry about inflation. It can print love forever and love never dies. But this game is a fun challenge, so here goes…
$6 – Story/plot/character of your option.
All fiction is set on a spectrum between fantasy and reality. I get my fix of fantasy fiction from spy thrillers and characters like Jack Reacher. When it comes to romance, I connect with stories that are closer to real-life. I like to be surprised by the story while relating to characters that I could possibly meet in life. And so often in relationships, life is crazier than fiction! So an original story with believable characters. Entertainment that evolves from a romantic truth and spins our heart in directions we never anticipated.
$3 – Conflict that forces personal growth.
Can the characters be hotter, smarter, zanier and ridiculously talented compared to average folk like me? Absolutely. But we have to believe in their decisions. Their actions under conflict… under adversity… under romantic, emotional stress… this is what shows us who they are. This is why we fall in love with them. Because they’re clumsy, yet still end up with a heart open to love. Because they’re imperfect and need to learn a little about themselves… before they can connect with someone romantically. Before they can fully let go and fall in love. Maybe deep down we have to, or had to learn the same thing… Stories that can help us learn something are worth far more than the cost of the book. But it can’t be the focus of a story or I get bored. I want to be taken away by the romance in the story. With twists and turns and a bonus if it’s set in a world I didn’t know.
$1 – Emotionally charged love affair.
Speaking of twists and turns, we’re emotional beings. Any love affair ramps up the emotional energy. It can power a character to pursue someone they are attracted to waaaaaay beyond rational thinking. It can also spark conflict between characters waaaaaay beyond comprehension. It can create deep loving connections that do not make sense to anyone else… until you’ve read all their story. A romance story doesn’t have to get ugly but love is the most powerful and inflammatory fuel. It’s fun to read how characters deal with the fire and intoxicating fumes… then eventually harness it with their hearts.
When you’ve had two dream marriages, choosing your eternal soulmate in heaven is one hell of a dilemma.
Can you have more than one soulmate at the same time?
After two blissful marriages are cut short by tragic circumstances, Peter’s own early entry to heaven fills him with
skepticism. Peter soon faces an impossible choice: with both wives Up Here, which woman is his eternal soulmate?
Christina and Jane have their own issues to resolve, especially considering they were best friends.
From two marriages made in heaven, all three now have one hell of a dilemma.
And with Peter’s mother Up Here, too … well, she’s got her opinion!
The debut novel from Australian film & TV pioneer Jim Shomos. Up Here is a unique love-triangle featuring two dynamic women and one ro-man-tic; it’s a feel-good exploration of a modern romantic dilemma that asks the age-old question: what if?