Daisy and the Existential Goat and Other Stories

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1980s & '90s

John D. McCotter

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Florida has the reputation of being a sanctuary for retirees and red-necked nut jobs. These stories are my attempt to capture the unique combination of nature, human folly and subtle mystery that make life here so fascinating. There is some sex and violence in a couple of the stories. Neither is particularly graphic nor is it gratuitous. If it's there, it's necessary in the telling of the story.


Drama, Adventure, Action,

Short Summary

All of the characters and incidents in the stories center around the fictional towns of Sydney and St. Ignacio, Florida.


The Atlantic coast of central Florida.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Happy Ending, Philosophical Questions, Coming of Age, Twist,Romance.

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: There are several main characters in these stories. One is a widower named Gerald who despairs of how the natural landscape of a barrier island is being destroyed by developer building "mcmansions." Another one is a retired female schoolteacher who settles into a small Florida town and begins to uncover insanity and violence linked to events a century before. One is a delightfully nutty girl named Daisy, who finds love that fits with her imagination on a "spoil island" in the Indian River.

Age: 65

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Jessie-A young waitress in one story who becomes a main influence on events. Sharon-a curator of a local history museum who is obsessed with a bloodthirsty outlaw from the previous century. Angus-an adult autistic young man who becomes Daisy's lover.

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Aggressive, Badass

Additional Character Details

Name: Larry-A mall Santa Clause who prevents a mass shooting.

Age: 61

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring

Additional Character Details

Name: Clayton Fenerly

Age: 57

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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