Barsoap - Life Behind Bars Vol. 1

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1980s & '90s,20th Century (multiple decades)

AJ Anthony

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After learning that his father’s death may have been at the hands of a devious nightclub owner, Sean delves into the dark world of partying, corruption, and betrayal. Can he uncover the truth before his own demise? Strap in for a fun and wild ride.



Short Summary

Sean Collins receives a letter from his deceased mother, stating that he had a father he’d never met, who was killed by his business partner, Beau Garrett over 24 years ago. Using this info, he takes a bartending job at the nightclub owned by the unscrupulous Garrett, in an attempt to get justice.

After his friends, associates, and his love interest were murdered, and nearly Sean a couple of times as well, he uncovers the evidence to put Garrett behind bars.


San Francisco, CA / Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity,Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Sean Collins

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Modest,Charming,Sexy,Selfless,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Funny,Romantic,Heartthrob,Educated,Heroic,Seductive,Naive,Sarcastic,Confident,Adventurous

Additional Character Details

Name: Michael Walker

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Sexy,Confident,Crazy,Decisive,Funny,Gracious,Sarcastic,Heroic,Honorable,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Stacy Menteri

Age: 43

Gender: Female

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Aspiring,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Criminal,Faithful,Romantic,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Beau Garrett

Age: 46

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Villainous,Aggressive,Criminal,Power Hungry,Blunt,Greedy,Secretive,Unapologetic

Development Pitch

INSPIRATION This story is drawn upon the real-life experiences I've accumulated in 15+ years in all types of restaurants, nightclubs, and pubs. I’m compelled to share a wide variety of interesting and many times disturbing stories of bar culture. The back story and main arc of this concept are in part based upon incidents that have been incorporated and dramatized. The names have been changed to protect the guilty. WORLD The prologue is set in the '70s, but the main story takes place in the late '90s in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a time before the dependency on cell phones and social media. It was still acceptable to smoke in public places. Having multiple sex partners was still in fashion and cocaine was the rage. MARKET The story has a lot of great elements; drama, music, romance, and partying. I feel the setting is fresh and hasn't been overdone by any means, especially from an edgy behind-the-scenes POV of the real lifestyle and its pitfalls. Although I do want the story to have a comedic tone, this is by no means a Cheers. There are great opportunities for product placement with liquor companies and other bar related products. The music and dance routines are fun and easily incorporated in whatever doses are deemed appropriate. SUMMARY I see this as a cable movie or short series, maybe half-hour segments. I hope you will see the possibilities in it and contact me. The website is: Thank you for your consideration.

About The Author

A J Anthony is a San Francisco Bay Area native, where he bartended for over 15 years in a variety of pubs, restaurants and night clubs. In Barsoap - Life Behind Bars, he integrates and weaves his years of "interesting", real world experiences into this work. In addition to this genre, he also has sci-fi and flash-fiction projects in the works. A J is also a graphic designer and audio book narrator. In addition to writing, he enjoys art, tennis and auto-crossing car racing. He currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son and three cats. "I hope you will listen to and/or read my first novel entitled Barsoap-Life Behind Bars. It is filled with many of my actual experiences accumulated over the years in the trenches, woven into a compelling story with rich characters. I call it my auto barography. It's also loaded with lots of fun and interesting extras." - AJ Anthony

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Fab Media

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available