The Butcher Shop Girl

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20th Century (multiple decades),1980s & '90s,2000s

Carmen Kissel-Verrier

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The Butcher Shop Girl is a compelling memoir of resilience and persistence that captures the vivacious spirit of a small-town girl determined to succeed by any means necessary. A coming of age journey that will leave you feeling empowered and cheering for more! This book shatters many stereotypes.


Memoir,Adventure,Action,Drama,Young Adult,Family

Short Summary

The Butcher Shop Girl opens with the author's (entertainer) daring escape from the clutches of a cartel family in Santa Cruz, Bolivia in 1999. Then it takes the readers back to the beginning, on a farm in northern Canada. Next, it follows the wild coming of age journey that leads to the climax.

The Butcher Shop Girl ends as the heroine leaves love behind in the United States and moves back to Canada to start her life (at 21 years old) with a giant bag of hard earned cash.


Prairies of Alberta Canada, Hells Angels Clubhouses, Bolivia, Toronto, Texas and Florida

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Voyage and Return,Rags to Riches,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence,Nudity,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Carmen

Age: Child-Teen-Early Adult

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Naive,Secretive,Badass,Charming,Heroic,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Alter ego, Alexa (Stage name)

Age: teen, young adut

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Underdog,Narcisstic,Aggressive,Charming,Blunt,Power Hungry,Desperate,Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Francoise

Age: Adult (Mother)

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Insecure,Naive,Manipulative,Power Hungry

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

Haha! I'll give it go! But, I'd love to see TaleFlick's pitch, as I've upgraded the plan to include that feature. . .BUT: A good story never goes out of fashion. It's even better when it's an original TRUE-life good story. This story is hard to put down when you dig in. Carmen Kissel-Verrier is a completely peculiar girl who had an even more peculiar coming of age journey. Born on the prairie lands of northern Alberta, Canada on a farm, the heroine battles for independence and autonomy while escaping a physically abusive mother who owns a slaughterhouse. Carmen makes ALL the mistakes and poor decisions you can imagine along the way! Her beauty, lust for money and independence leads Carmen to an unusual career as an elite world-travelling entertainer. This career pit-stop leads her to the basement of Hells Angels clubhouses, highlights drug abuse, charming wayward souls, money laundering and features a burgeoning love story with a sexy southern U.S. Drug Enforcement Agent—who rescues Carmen from a Bolivian cartel family. Think Julianne Hough *swoon* Ultimately, The Butcher Shop Girl is a story about a girl who ran up the gut of the patriarchy and took all their money on her way out, all before she turned 22 years old. At the end of endless adventure, Carmen found herself and learned how to start her adult life, leaving that world behind forever.

About The Author

Carmen Kissel-Verrier was born in rural Alberta, Canada. These days, she is a technical writer and a graduate of Mount Royal University. Carmen still loves a wild time spent with peculiar people and appreciates a good ribeye steak. She remains fascinated by the diversity of the human spirit. Carmen lives with her husband and their two children on the shoreline of Moose Lake, Alberta.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: FriesenPress Canada

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available