The Chat Pile

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1940s & '50s,1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,20th Century (multiple decades),2000s,Contemporary

M.I. Norman

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Ramon remembers Rhonda's words, "My daddy would kill me if he knew I'm in love with you." Forbidden love, at a young age. Traveling hundreds of miles to find each other again.


Romance,Adventure,Family,Mystery,Young Adult,Drama

Short Summary

Vivian, the granddaughter declares no one understands how it feels to fall in love at the age of fourteen. Rhonda, her grandmother tells her tale of young love, and the risks that had to be taken for her grandparents' love to survive.

Two people in love, but not knowing if either one dares to take the chance on their forbidden love. Ramon travels over miles to find Rhonda, and just when Rhonda has lost all hope of finding love, Ramon is there. There's no stopping their future, both families accept the interracial marriage.


1948 Picher, Oklahoma (a hostorical mining town) on to Colorado, Utah and sunny California beaches.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches,Quest,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Twist,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Rhonda O'Rourke

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Clumsy,Desperate,Faithful,Funny,Uneducated,Modest,Romantic,Secretive,Honorable,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Ramon Herrera

Age: 16

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Decisive,Flexible,Romantic,Visionary,Skillful,Obedient,Masculine,Leader,Honorable,Educated,Heartthrob,Heroic,Strong Moral Code

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Development Pitch

The journey of Rhonda and Ramon should've happened over sixty years ago, but because of the racial beliefs in the country, an interracial marriage was forbidden. The Chat Pile is the life that should've been. M.I. Norman's life should've went from coal miner's daughter to happy housewife, but that wasn't her fate. Rhonda gave up when she turned eighteen and decided to wanted to be near the ocean. The ocean seemed to wash away her memories. (for a while) Ramon, was driven by the fear his love was dead, and once he found out she wasn't dead he was determined to find her and marry her, no matter what.

About The Author

M.I. Norman was born in Missouri, grew up in Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, as a miner’s daughter and settled in California. She is an active eighty year old, with five children, fifteen grandkids and twenty three great-grand kids. M. I. Norman lives in California where she enjoys sewing, gardening, cooking, puzzles, crafts, and watching movies. She cherishes her family and friends. Her simple saying, “If I don’t cook, I don’t eat.”

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Make Believe Publsihing, LLC

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available



13: 978-0999883341