The Studio

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Judith Erwin

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A dance teacher risks all when she falls in love with a naval commander, the father of five of her students, who is a suspect in the disappearance of his wife..



Short Summary

A brief scene wherein the female protagonist comes home late to find her apartment empty and ending with police at her door. Next scene is 10 years later when the male protagonist enrolls his five daughters in her studio, admitting his wife is not in the picture.

The missing wife is found dead. The commander is arrested. The dance teacher, who has fallen in love with him and become attached to the girls, steps in to help the grieving children until a private investigator solves the case and the couple is reunited.


Jacksonville, Florida, two hotels rooms, a courtroom, a jail.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Matt Emerson

Age: Late thirties-early forties

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Faithful,Skillful,Educated,Honorable,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Kaci Connelly

Age: Mid-thirties

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Selfless,Skillful,Faithful,Romantic,Honorable,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: Jake Shepherd

Age: Late thirties-early forties

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Confident,Complex,Decisive,Skillful,Visionary,Sarcastic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Maura Emerson

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic

Development Pitch

A dance teacher, struggling to overcome the tragic loss of her child, connects with a naval commander, suspected of foul play in the disappearance of his wife, when he enrolls his five daughters in her studio. Mutual attraction develops, impeded by his ultimate arrest on a murder charge. The Studio takes the audience through the mental anguish of an innocent man as a murder case is built against him and the devastating effects on the children of a murdered parent with one who fears her remaining parent is responsible. A feel-good ending results when the teacher is able to comfort and reassure the children and a badass investigator clears the officer.

About The Author

Judith Erwin is an award winning author of romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with a mystery series in progress. A graduate of the University of Florida, College of Law, Erwin practiced family law for more than two decades. Prior to obtaining her law degree, she worked as a freelance journalist, publishing numerous reviews, profiles, and other articles on dance and theater. THE STUDIO was a Gold Medal Winner in the FAPA President's Book Awards, a Finalist in the Reader's Favorite Book Awards, and an Amazon best seller.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,18-34,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Judith Erwin (d/b/a Emerald Cat Press)

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available