Dorothy and the Glass Key

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1980s & '90s,Other

Christopher J Finn

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Worlds existing between time and space, a monster who feeds on personal pains, and a young woman who exists, but shouldn't.


Fantasy,Young Adult,Epic,Adventure

Short Summary

Ellen Steward, a slightly jaded administrator of a high-end rehab facility, is asked to care for a young woman in a permanent vegetative state. Her current caregiver spins a tale describing worlds existing between time and space, and the soul of his charge lost somewhere between.

Ragesha, Dorothy's caregiver, has pulled Dorothy into his own timeline and has spent the past twenty years manipulating his future so Dorothy's soul will return to her body through a reunion of mother and daughter in the Key-Worlds.


Ocala, Florida and the Key-Worlds

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Dorothy Alston

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Romantic,Charming,Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Charlie Cuthbert

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Ragesha Dutta

Age: 14

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: The Spintwister

Age: Unknown

Gender: Other

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Narcisstic,Empathetic,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Blunt

Development Pitch

Dorothy and the Glass Key was crafted with visuals in mind. The unique Key-Worlds she and her friends travel to are, in a CGI aspect, self-contained views from a mind who hasn’t quite developed a sense of realism (the antagonist). They can be as realistic or as comical as the director would like. The story is a pleasant build of discovery: Ellen (Administrator of Elements of Recovery) is learning Dorothy’s tale through the only survivor of the three children to visit the Key-Worlds. Through Dorothy’s story, we learn she has been labeled as a no-girl—or someone who shouldn’t exist at all. The Spintwister, our antagonist, is a near god-like entity in the Key-Worlds, and he tasks himself as a symbiotic host who feeds off the pain of traumatized youth, which returns bits of his lost memory. It’s a story with heart, strong characters, and a unique antagonist with a deliciously wicked sense of self. A cast of talented teens (think Stranger Things) would catapult this into the YA mainstream as either a series or a stand-alone movie (with two sequels).

About The Author

Christopher J. Finn—born in 1970 in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Oceanside, New York—was a child with few friends. He was the shy kid, mostly seen off to the side, acting out scenes from movies or stories from books. It wasn’t until his early twenties, sitting alone in his apartment, television off—because he didn’t have the money to pay the cable bill—that he picked up a book titled Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000. He was enthralled by Jonnie Goodboy Tyler and the Psychlos, but more importantly, he realized writing a story was something he could, and should, do. Today, twenty years after his decision to learn the craft, Christopher J. Finn sees his dreams come true with Dorothy and the Glass Key, his debut novel.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available