The Palms

Clay Anderson

Book Cover

GENRE

DRAMA ACTION

    Core Theme

    REDEMPTION

    TIME PERIOD

    Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    TAKEN, MAN ON FIRE

    CHARACTER LIST

    • RONNIE WELLS: 68. REFORMED EX-CON. CARING AND PROTECTIVE.

    • CLARA BENNETT: 29. GIRLFRIEND AND MENTEE.

    • MARY BENNETT: 7. FRIEND AND PROTEGE.

    • JOE: 30. THE EX-BOYFRIEND AND ANTAGONIST

    Logline

    The Palms is a redemptive tale that weaves the stories and points-of-view of Ronnie, Clara, and her daughter, Mary, as they form a blended family in a rundown trailer park and try to build a new existence despite living around abject poverty, drug addiction, and mindless violence.

    Target Audiences

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

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Trailer park outside of Pensacola, Florida

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: with a Publisher

    Publisher: Adelaide Books

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    68 year-old Ronnie Wells has recently been paroled for a murder he committed 36 years ago. Daily life for Ronnie changes when he befriends Mary, the 7 year-old girl who lives next door with her mother, Clara, a drug-addicted prostitute.

    Ending Description

    To escape Clara’s pimp, Clara and Mary move in with Ronnie. Clara gets sober, but her past still haunts her. Her relapse kicks off the series of events that leads to Mary's kidnaping. Ronnie must decide if he will return to his old, violent ways to save Mary.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    ISBN-13: 978-1951214425

    Mature Audience Themes

    Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity,Substance Abuse,Sexual Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Ronnie

    Age: 68

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Empathetic,Selfless,Heroic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Mary

    Age: 7

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Empathetic,Faithful,Underdog,Gracious,Complex

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Clara

    Age: 27

    Gender: Female

    Role: protagonist

    Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic,Insecure,Desperate

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Development Pitch

    Brief

    The Palms is a redemptive narrative that weaves the stories and points-of-view of Ronnie, Clara, and Mary as they form a blended family and try to build a new existence.

    What We Liked

    - The bones of a great story are here;
    - The story does begin as a redemptive journey of a man who seeks companionship and is in dire need of a second chance at life;
    - Plenty of room for creative reshaping, and world building;
    - There is potential for real, compelling relationships;
    - The main character is sympathetic.

    Synopsis

    This story is about Ronnie Wells, 68-years old, a reformed ex-con who befriends a struggling young mother Clara and her daughter Mary. Ronnie killed a man and spent 33 years in prison. Upon his release he moves into a trailer park in Pensacola, Florida named “The Palms.” He meets his neighbors who are really in need and seeking stability in their lives. Clara is a drug addict and prostitute and Mary is 7-years old growing up without proper guidance. Ronnie aims to help both of them after casting away Clara’s abusive drug dealing-pimp boyfriend Joe.

    Finally fed up with watching Joe’s abusive behaviors endangering Mary and Clara alike, Ronnie intervenes when Clara is thrown to the ground in front of him. Joe leaves and things begin to drastically improve for the young mother. Clara manages to quit drugs and prostitution while gaining more acceptable employment and even begins studying for an upcoming GED exam. But things take a turn for the worse when Ronnie is ambushed and severely beaten and Clara relapses into her old meth addiction. The ex-boyfriend Joe also returns for revenge that tragically spins out of his control.

    Joe’s plan falls apart and a local drug supplier kidnaps and prepares Mary to be sold to a pedophile doctor. Ronnie must bail Clara out of jail, find Mary’s location, and plan for her rescue, which proves to be no easy task. Ronnie has to kill a man in his trailer who was sent to kill him, releasing a rage that’s been bottled up for over 35-years. Ronnie and Clara arrive at the stash house where Mary is being held and one by one he kills everyone involved. Mary is reunited with her mother but it comes at the cost of Ronnie’s life who is gravely injured during the exchange. Clara and Mary depart Florida in a stolen car in search of new identities and a fresh start.

    About The Author

    Clay Anderson is an Adjunct Professor of History at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. He received his BA in History from Kennesaw State University and MA from Mississippi State University. He has six diverse publications, fiction and non-fiction. These publications include two non-fiction book reviews in Texas Books in Review and East Texas Historical Journal, one non-fiction article in the Journal of Big Bend Studies, and three fiction short in the Fourth World Journal, Adelaide Literary Award Anthology, and The Bangalore Review. He is currently an MFA student in Creative Writing at Reinhardt University. The Palms is his first novel. He lives in the mountains of North Georgia with his two dogs.