We Don’t Talk About It. Ever.

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DRAMA MEMOIR MEMOIR COMEDY ADVENTURE

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Desiree-Anne Martin

Logline

Based on a true story, this is a beautiful, harrowing journey of a young girl who grows up in a dysfunctional home, only to find herself morphing into a dysfunctional being herself. An inspiring chronicle of abuse, identity, addiction & recovery that shows the battle between rejection & acceptance.

Genre

Drama, Memoir,Memoir,Comedy,Adventure

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Setting

Various locations around Cape Town, South Africa

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Jacana Media

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

After 12 years of addiction drenched in dishonesty, she stands on the pavement smoking a cigarette. Voice over: “We admitted to God, ourselves and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” She crosses the street, knocks on the door and meets a stranger who she’ll disclose everything to.

Ending Description

She is 13 years sober, a successful counsellor on private practice, a wife and mother and warrior woman. She has battled and accepted her demons - addictions, mental health issues, trauma - and is thriving - but not on a cheesy way. In a very realistic, human way.

Group Specific

Addiction recovery, mental health awareness, women of colour, South Africans

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

978-1-928420-26-2

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse, Language/ Profanity, Substance Abuse,Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Happy Ending,Coming of Age

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Main Character Details

Name: Desiree-Anne Martin

Age: 27 when we meet her (spans 4 to 41)

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Sarcastic, Charming, Romantic, Aspiring, Desperate, Manipulative, Crazy, Skillful, Criminal, Seductive, Complex, Empathetic, Funny, Insecure, Secretive,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Crazy,Empathetic,Insecure,Naive,Manipulative,Seductive,Skillful,Funny,Obedient,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Beryl Martin (Mother)

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Insecure, Secretive, Beautiful, Charming,Sophisticated,Narcisstic,Secretive,Insecure,Selfless,Complex,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Alfred Martin

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Engaging, Sarcastic, Charming, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Outspoken, Secretive,Complex,Charming,Insecure,Secretive,Seductive,Funny,Skillful,Outspoken,Narcisstic

Additional Character Details

Name: Darren

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Skillful, Funny, Charming, Manipulative, Masculine, Narcissistic, Secretive,Badass,Charming,Complex,Crazy,Criminal,Heartthrob,Sexy,Funny,Manipulative

Logline

Based on a true story, this is a beautiful, harrowing journey of a young girl who grows up in a dysfunctional home, only to find herself morphing into a dysfunctional being herself. An inspiring chronicle of abuse, identity, addiction & recovery that shows the battle between rejection & acceptance.

Short Summary

After 12 years of addiction drenched in dishonesty, she stands on the pavement smoking a cigarette. Voice over: “We admitted to God, ourselves and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” She crosses the street, knocks on the door and meets a stranger who she’ll disclose everything to.


She is 13 years sober, a successful counsellor on private practice, a wife and mother and warrior woman. She has battled and accepted her demons - addictions, mental health issues, trauma - and is thriving - but not on a cheesy way. In a very realistic, human way.

Development Pitch

This is a powerful "brutal, searing and breathtaking" tale of a girl's search for her own identity and ultimately love, but who finds self-destruction instead. She has to navigate crippling family dysfunction, an alcoholic father and critical mother, sexual abuse, domestic violence and her own addictions and ultimately succumbs to the needle, and sex work to support her intravenous heroin addiction. While she is self-destructing, she is destroying the lives of those around her. She eventually - and reluctantly - commits to recovery after being raped by her drug dealer. She then faces many struggles in recovery and has to come to terms with her own mental health issues. She finds the help she needs with the love and support of her new recovery family. Ultimately, it is a story of hope and redemption and her search for love leads her to finding self-acceptance and the courage to trust and love again. She tears up the blueprint of her childhood and speaks her sacred truth.

About The Author

Desiree-Anne Martin, born in apartheid South Africa, in 1976, is a published poet, author and general word junkie. She is a sucker for the underdog and helplessly addicted to the concept of hope. Having survived childhood trauma and abuse, harrowing addictions and struggles with mental health issues, she finds recovery - and her authentic voice - to give words to taboo topics that were previously left unspoken. She is an addictions counsellor in private practice helping others, a director of a group practice company, a postgraduate student, a wife, a full-time mother and a part-time warrior woman. She believe that caffeine, nicotine, chocolate and bacon of the four major food groups.

Core Theme

Internal Journey/Rebirth,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Desiree-Anne Martin

Age: 27 when we meet her (spans 4 to 41)

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Sarcastic, Charming, Romantic, Aspiring, Desperate, Manipulative, Crazy, Skillful, Criminal, Seductive, Complex, Empathetic, Funny, Insecure, Secretive,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Crazy,Empathetic,Insecure,Naive,Manipulative,Seductive,Skillful,Funny,Obedient,Secretive

Character 1

Name: Beryl Martin (Mother)

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Insecure, Secretive, Beautiful, Charming,Sophisticated,Narcisstic,Secretive,Insecure,Selfless,Complex,Faithful

Character 2

Name: Alfred Martin

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Engaging, Sarcastic, Charming, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Outspoken, Secretive,Complex,Charming,Insecure,Secretive,Seductive,Funny,Skillful,Outspoken,Narcisstic

Character 3

Name: Darren

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Skillful, Funny, Charming, Manipulative, Masculine, Narcissistic, Secretive,Badass,Charming,Complex,Crazy,Criminal,Heartthrob,Sexy,Funny,Manipulative

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