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When Valerie Verlane discovers Dmitri Renewitz isn’t dead after all, she decides he’s got some explaining to do and sets off for Colombia, where the past unravels in a twisted series of events that force them both to face their greatest fears.

  • Lucía Belmontéz (Lori Way)
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Writer Biography - Lucía Belmontéz (Lori Way)

A highly educated Canadian-American writer, Lucía was born and raised in the Canadian prairies. Since attending boarding school in New England, she has lived in many places in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, including Los Angeles, Vancouver, Puerto Vallarta, Toronto, and Las Vegas.

Lucía completed her debut novel, Of Fate and Fortune, as her thesis for her MFA in Creative Writing from National University (NU). A former business major at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business Management, Lucía became an English major at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where she was on the Dean's Honor list and earned a BA in English.

Currently Lucía is taking an MA in Film Studies, also through National University, with concentration in Story Adaptation.

With over 9 years of university education, Lucía has taken 12 semester-long writing workshops, including fiction, creative nonfiction, young adult (YA), poetry, the personal essay, advanced screenwriting and screenwriting at the graduate level.

Lucía writes screenplays and prose. She has worked with clients for years on writing and story development, and has worked as a content writer, editor, and proofreader. Through intensive study and practice, Lucía has not only developed and refined her own writing, she has become an expert critic. Known as "The Chainsaw" for her “genius editorial,” she has been sought by writers from around the globe who trust her expertise.

An imaginative perfectionist who does her research and pays meticulous attention to detail, Lucía can do wonders for any story. Dedicated to the art and craft of writing, and to the creation and preservation of story, Lucía has combined her focus from her degrees to become a Story Adaptation Specialist (SAS).

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Writer Statement

FINDING FORTUNE is a story that took me many years to get right, but it is a story that I believed in enough to put in whatever it was going to take. Some of the original images and scenes were so powerful that they have stuck, and when I read them they still grip me like the first time. Other scenes are surprises, as though they have invented themselves.

There were many inspirations for this story. Both Alexander Pope's epic poem The Rape of the Lock and director Howard Deutch's opening sequence in his film Pretty In Pink inspired the dressing room scene, but the story itself was inspired by real events as much as it was by two films: The Lover, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, and The Notebook, directed by Nick Cassavetes.