ESTHER LUTTRELL

My Kansas author for the month of June, 2008, is Esther Luttrell.  She has been a friend ever since I took a course in Screen Writing from her five years ago.  I remember her best from that experience, and remember the book of hers that  we used in learning the formal patterns for a professional Hollywood film script, Tools of the Screen Writing Trade, especially well because I am working through it again in doing a Treatment and Film Script Version of the short novel I wrote two years ago (and have published on this web site), The Sequel, as my summer writing project.  That book is recommended by Scott Anderson, Director, Harvard Square Screenwriters, Boston, MA, in this sentence, "Esther's book has replaced all others and is my sole reference book for my students."  It was developed in the process of teaching screenwriting workshops in conjunction with other Hollywood film professionals across the country, which she has done for 14 years.  She uses an individual tutorial system that I hope to take advantage of by sitting in on her current Topeka workshop (beginning June 11) for the revision I am doing this summer.  I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in learning the trade who is within driving range of Topeka this June and July.  (For more information in this connection call or write Esther Luttrell at (785) 234-5674 or estherwrites@aol.com).
 

---      --Cover of Screen Writing Trade------Picture of Esther Luttrell---  --Cover of Murder in the Movies-----

ESTHER LUTTRELL

But the book I am featuring this month is the novel we recently read in our reading group at Washburn, Murder in the Movies, which was orignally published in paperback in 2005, but was re-published in hardback and paperback in March of this year, so she again qualifies as a Kansas author with a book in print.  It is a murder mystery set in the Hollywood community, a community which Esther knows well, having worked there in various capacities for years.  She always lets you know exactly where you are geographically, as her heroine, Katlin Wallace (who is "older than Rita Moreno, but not by much"--which is true for me as well) drives all over that end of California.  I grew up in Glendale, California, during the war and was pleased by how often I knew how to get home from  where I was while I was reading the novel.  The eleven members of our Washburn group were pleased to hear how every place used in the novel was either some place Esther had lived or worked, and that almost all the characters in the book were people she had known, some of whom she was getting even with (which led to other stories about these people).  Esther is a story teller, and this novel presents a very readable story, starring the woman forced to be a detective, Katlin Wallace (who is based upon herself), as she responds to an appeal from a friend to return to California from the Florida she called home at the time, to clear the friend's daughter, Lanie, once a well-known star, from the crime of having murdered her husband in an argument by shoving him down the stairs.  While never declaring herself a detective, as her husband was, Katie goes through the private eye experiences of receiving anonymous threats (and being beaten up twice) to get her to return to Florida, before she finally solves the crime.  The story is told from her point of view, which is the best thing about the novel, for she is a fascinating woman.  Its 300 pages are an enjoyable reading experience, and I think everyone in our reading group must be recommending it.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy, try your local bookstore, or Amazon.com, or Esther at the phone or e-mail listed above.  Or, if you belong to a group (wherever you live) ask her if she'll come discuss the novel with you--that's a rare experience in itself.
 
 


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