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1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,20th Century (multiple decades)

Robert Paul

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Enduring my narcissistic mother's abuse and constant relocation for most of my childhood and early teenage years, I found comfort in the unconditional love of my grandmother and Aunt Betty. Moving into early adulthood, I had diffuiculty with relationships and life.



Short Summary

November 1, 2007—the day I reached an ultimate pick-my-poison fork in the road. Up to that point, I had experienced many metaphoric births and subsequent deaths. I was looking down the barrel towards a march to oblivion. Little did I know, my lowest point promised a rebirth beyond my wildest dreams.


New Mexico, California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and Tijuana, Mexico.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Robert Paul

Age: Age range in the book is; 5 year's of age till 45 years old.

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Complex,Romantic,Underdog,Insecure,Sarcastic,Skillful,Funny,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Clenton Alexander aka; Clent, Cornbread

Age: Age range in the book is; 12 year's of age till 45 years old.

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Villainous,Narcisstic,Charming,Complex,Criminal,Blunt,Power Hungry,Funny,Greedy,Educated,Unapologetic,Confident,Engaging

Additional Character Details

Name: Alfredo Villalobos aka; Fred, Freddy, Fredo, Red Head Fred

Age: Age range in the book is; 11 year's of age till 30 years old.

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Engaging,Funny,Selfless,Visionary,Secretive,Honorable,Faithful,Criminal,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Shane Encino aka "Big Tik"

Age: Age range in the book is; 11 year's of age till 28 years old.

Gender: Male

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Villainous,Aggressive,Crazy,Criminal,Confident,Complex,Funny,Manipulative,Badass,Unapologetic

About The Author

I was a poor kid, born in the small town of Española, New Mexico, and abused by my mother. Being the oldest of four siblings (all born to different fathers), I was presented with many challenges early on in life. Subsequently, we (my sibling’s and I) were uprooted to San Pedro, California—being six at the time. I found myself in a different world with more significant issues to face. As a young teen, I began to drink heavily and added drugs to his already-tumultuous life. From birth to early adulthood—I had an extremely challenging existence with my mother, which took an extraordinary effort to heal!

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon / Dark Horse Writer

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available



ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08SZ9ZLFZ (Drifting) / ASIN ‏ : ‎ B097NND4BC (Hypnotic Rhythm) / ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09MT38M58 (Awakening)




Robert had a horrible childhood thanks to his mother’s abusive behavior. The results lead him to a life of drugs and alcohol abuse. He has a string of failed relationships, family drama and resentment. After his son implores him to get clean, he takes a different look at his life and chooses forgiveness and acceptance to bitterness.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

It is accurate.

Draw of Story

The story begins by exploring Robert’s tumultuous childhood and his life with a volatile mother. There is immediate empathy for a child so young, having to deal with the anger of an adult they should be able to trust.

Possible Drawbacks

The majority of the story about Robert’s life is engaging. There are some parts of the story that could be condensed. Robert goes into detail about all his friends. The parts about his jobs are given too much time. The most interesting parts of his story are his relationships with family and friends. The end of the story is a rant about Robert’s feelings on political topics. It does not match the rest of the story.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Robert’s abusive and selfish mother led him to have a chaotic and unstable childhood. The scars from that led to a destructive adulthood until he hits bottom and must choose between life or death. This movie has a lot of heart and sadness, showing how circumstances do not have to define a person forever. It is a heartbreaking and uplifting story.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase. It explores the human condition and what a lack of love and care can do to a person. Audiences might relate to the character and the decisions he makes because of childhood experiences.

Awards Potential

This story could have awards potential. The story deep dives into the human condition exploring the effects of abuse and how that affects adulthood. There is room for great acting moments.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The story is unique because it is true. This also centers around a non white man. It sheds light on the struggles of people of color that do not include racial trauma.

Lead Characters

The lead character stands out because of his perseverance. Robert has had a hard life. He didn’t get the support and love he should have from his parents. He became a victim of neglect and abuse while being put into a position of responsibility. He ends the story with a healthy and mature epiphany about his mother and his feelings towards her actions and his childhood. The growth and honesty he shows is a sure sign of emotional evolution.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an engaging story although not completely original. It is a realistic look at life and the challenges people face. Robert’s story is heartbreaking and heartwarming which would draw audiences.

Possible Formats

Film: Studio, Indie, Streaming TV Series: Limited Run / Mini-Series, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



This would be a recommendation because it is a strong story with a distinct voice. It is a mature story about rising past one’s circumstances and becoming at peace with your past. The story would take the audience on a roller coaster of emotions, following Robert’s life from childhood to adulthood.