Closet Full of Coke: A Diary of a Teenage Drug Queen

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Indra Sena

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Narrated by the teenage girl who lived it, Closet Full of Coke tells the true story of how a New York suburban fifteen-year-old girl's savvy and wit helps turn the small-time drug business of Armando, a Colombian drug dealer, into a multi-million-dollar cocaine operation that puts them on the DEA's Wanted List.

Genre

Memoir,

Short Summary

A teenage drug dealer meets a mysterious man at her dealers house. He whisks her to New York City to do a wholesale buy of drugs and soon after she is abandoned by her mother. She begins to work full-time with him at the age of 16


These wannabe drug lords of the 1980s New York-to-Florida drug scene end their story only three years later with an untimely death, betrayal, and revenge.

Setting

Suburbs, NY

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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

Main Character Details

Name: Indra

Age: 15

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Insecure, Naive, Skillful, Uneducated, Criminal,Insecure,Naive,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Armando

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Greedy, Leader, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Aggressive, Charming, Masculine, Seductive, Complex, Criminal,Power Hungry,Narcisstic,Villainous,Masculine,Criminal,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Sexy,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Seely

Age: 13

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Desperate, Empathetic, Insecure, Naive, Selfless,Insecure,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Carlos

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive, Uneducated,Uneducated,Crazy,Criminal,Villainous

Development Pitch

This book is character, dialogue, and action-driven and can easily be converted to a screenplay. A true story, it takes place in the early 1980s in the suburbs of New York when kilos of cocaine suddenly flooded the streets of America. The dialogue is dotted with slang and Spanish, and the characters driving the book include a Colombian drug lord, a Puerto Rican ex-con, Fiver percenters, bikers, and teenage prostitutes. The book is fast-paced and hooks the reader immediately, most readers are unable to put it down until the last page. It is filled with suspense, scary events, chaos, crime, smuggling, and drug dealing. Like in good fiction there is conflict, tragedy, revenge, and death. This book is not about drug addicts it is about the underground hidden subculture of drug dealers.

About The Author

Indra Sena is working on her third memoir in the series. Her second memoir, Alway looking For Home, Is available on Amazon.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Noir Books

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

B072KZ658H

Genre

DRAMA, ACTION

Brief

A teenage girl tells her story of drug dealing since a very young age, getting involved with dangerous criminals and eventually being caught. Even though she ends up free, her sister is killed by a shadow from the protagonist's criminal past that comes back to haunt her.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: FAIR

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: FAIR

Structure: FAIR

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it does.

Draw of Story

The fact that it is a true story about a teenage girl who worked as a drug dealer back in the 80's, told by her own perspective.

Possible Drawbacks

The events are not always that compelling and the pace feels a little off.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

A woman talking about her own story as a drug dealer.

Fanbase Potential

If well adapted, it is the kind of story that could attract many people interested in narratives about criminals.

Awards Potential

Yes, but only if some changes are made to the writing and the pace. As it is, it wouldn't make for a thrilling, successful screen adaptation.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE WIRE - A TV SHOW THAT PRESENTS THE DAILY LIFE OF CRIMINALS IN THE CITY OF BALTIMORE. WHITE BOY RICK - THE STORY OF A TEENAGER IN THE 80'S WHO WORKS AS AN UNDERCOVER INFORMANT AND ENDS UP ARRESTED FOR DRUG DEALING.

What’s New About the Story

It breaks some of our usual conceptions by establishing a teenage girl as a drug dealer queen. However, this unexpected situation could be even further explored by the author in her writing, since she actually lived through all that.

Lead Characters

Indra is a flawed, amoral girl who works as a criminal for years before she is finally caught by the authorities. However, she is also very charismatic, empathetic and, most of all, human.

Uniqueness of Story

Not really. Even though the story itself is very interesting, the writing could be improved and the pace requires some additional attention.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

The story should be considered for an adaptation because it is an impressive tale based in real life, filled with complex, flawed characters that ultimately feel very true and human to the reader. The narrative itself also has a lot of potential for the screen, displaying an interesting mixture of drama, violence, corruption and romance that could impact the audiences positively. With a talented cast and a competent screenwriter and director, this could end up being a top-notch film or TV series. However, some aspects do require changes. One of them is the pace and the narrative's structure. Probably because it was written according to the author's memory, it sometimes feels a little flat and less compelling than it could be. In an adaptation, the story would benefit from a tighter, cleaner, more straight to the point approach, with a further refined arc for the main characters. Furthermore, some of the events portrayed in the book feel too mundane and irrelevant for this story, and could be simply cut. With some of these improvements, it could become a really successful adaptation.