It is said one’s greatest weakness can also be one’s greatest strength. For author, producer, graphic artist and life-long creative storyteller R.E. Schicchi, no place is that more true than in the pages of the new hit short-story series, ‘Breaking News The Series’ is filled with larger-than-life yet painfully-flawed characters and situations which take readers deep behind the scenes of the daily grind of local television news production.
“I have always loved stories; been attracted to stories the have character and depth with my favorite books and shows having strong female leads,” says Schicchi. “I write diverse and powerful stories with strong women as central characters; women of all shades and ages, including those who suffer from some form of mental illness and stories of real people facing real issues.”
The creation of ‘Breaking News The Series’ is born from Schicchi’s more than 12 year career in television news production, embedded daily with industry men and women who nightly project to the world an image of perfection and control, yet who behind the scenes, are often seething with jealousy, plotting against colleagues and hour upon hour facing their own insecurities and professional demons. ‘Breaking News The Series’ captures a side of television news the industry would most likely prefer to keep swept under the rug, yet in clever, humorous, well-crafted almost “too unbelievable to be true but are true” stories, Schicchi airs out the dirty laundry.
Schicchi’s has hands-on experience of editing segments, specials and news programs for outlets such as South Florida’s award-winning Deco Drive of WSVN as well as lending her talents to special projects productions while working at WPLG. Schicchi’s involvement with major new outlets has given her exclusive access to the stories behind the stories of local television news. Schicchi says the ability to express her creativity through words, images and characters across multiple platforms including print, video and animation is one of the driving forces in the evolution of ‘Breaking News The Series’ which leaves readers wondering, ‘Did this really happen? Is this what truly goes on when the camera’s aren’t rolling?’
‘Breaking News The Series’ is packed with plot-twists and an array of seemingly emotionally dysfunctional characters readers will love to hate and hate to love.
With ‘Breaking News The Series’ Schicchi has created an engaging, comical, edge-of-your-seat-emotionally gripping, head-shaking-in-disbelief short-story series that leaves readers wanting more…and they get it - coming up after the break.
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Breaking News The Series - Episode 1
by R.E. Schicchi & D.K. Johnson
'Breaking News The Series' takes readers behind the scenes of the fast-paced, exhilarating, emotionally-charged world of local television news. Filled with an outrageous cast of characters and unbelievable but all-too-real scenarios, each page turn brings surprising acts of back-stabbing, hilarious sexual innuendo and snake-in-the-grass sabotage. You’ll never watch local t.v. news the same again.
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