Soaring in Silence

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

Beverly Gandara

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A recently handicapped young married woman, who by her own resourcefulness and the wonders of the Internet, overcomes her struggle against the unwanted sexual advances of a dangerous retiree with a buried criminal past. What would you do if you were being stalked and no one took you seriously?



Short Summary

Kim recently diagnosed with a rare disease adjusts to early retirement in AZ. Her tranquility is shattered by a chance meeting with Harry Gellis, a recently widowed retiree in the witness protection program and his relentless sexual pursuit through a series of harassments and veiled threats.

Kim’s intent is to contact Harry’s cohorts but decides against it once she realizes the consequences. Harry has his own game plan; keep her husband out of the house, break-in and have his way with Kim. By a twist of fate, the attack takes an unexpected turn. What happened to Harry Gellis?


New York City, NY - Scottsdale, AZ

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Kim Wolf

Age: 40's

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Modest,Sexy,Skillful,Visionary,Romantic,Secretive,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Harry Gellis

Age: 70s

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Confident,Criminal,Greedy,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Blunt,Outspoken,Unapologetic,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Jack Oviatt

Age: 50's

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Honorable,Leader,Masculine,Patriotic,Skillful,Secretive,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Brad Wolf

Age: 40s

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Honorable,Masculine,Sexy,Selfless,Skillful,Romantic,Seductive,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

Kim and Brad, a sophisticated, hardworking childless Manhattan couple are happy and in love. When faced with an unexpected medical challenge, they make the decision to move to Scottsdale, AZ a less stressful, serene environment to focus on Kim's healing, begin a new business for Brad, and purchases their first home. Brad is anxious about all the changes; Kim is confident and forging ahead. Her peace is shattered by Harry, an elderly bully with a hidden criminal past and his relentless sexual advances. After reaching out to local authorities for help, she is told he is just a harmless old man, and she tries to avoid any contact with Harry, a neighbor. Knowing he has an attack planned for her, with the wonders of the Internet and sheer determination, she positions Harry to meet his fate, derails his attempted rape, and chooses to keep the entire incident to herself and live out the rest of her life with her loving husband. Soaring in SIlence, an easy fast read is a suspenseful thriller peppered with quirky characters.

About The Author

Award-winning screenwriter/novelist Beverly Gandara has written several screenplays (one win, five contest placed), two novels, and one non-fiction book. Beverly's comedy script, Rent Money won the Golden Palm Award for Best Screenplay at the 2012 Beverly Hills International Film Festival. Her Five Star Readers’ Favorite, debut novel Concrete Wings (with screenplay attached) earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval with a recommendation for school and home libraries and Honorable Mention at the 2017 New York Book Festival and the 2018 Florida Book Festival. Her second novel, Soaring in Silence (with screenplay attached) earned a Five Star Readers’ Favorite Seal. Her third book, Women, Work and Triumph is a compilation of interviews with a diverse group of 26 fascinating women in 26 careers from A – Z with 1 goal – acceptance and respect. She lives in the southeast with her husband Armand, whose experiences inspired Concrete Wings. For more information about Bev and her work, please visit Blogs

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning,Male Leaning,Other

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Prose Press/Beverly Gandara

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available