I Can See Clearly Now

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

Joyce Williams

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Growing up in the Mississippi Delta picking Cotton. Moving to Memphis and Kansas City working in Restaurants and bars. My book provides an inside look at the effects of poverty, illiteracy, and societal prejudices I battled to finally become the self-aware person my Grandma hoped I would become.


Action,Adventure,Biographical,Family,Romance,Young Adult,Funny,Comedy

Short Summary

Set against, first, those scorched cotton fields, and later the restaurants and bars if Memphis and Kansas City.

Looking back on my life I believe when I was born, God put his hand on me and blessed me with a joyful heart, because I was going to have a hard life. I believe that my joyful heart and positive attitude are what have enable me not only to survive the difficult times but also to triumph over them.


Mississippi Delta, Memphis, Kansas City

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse,Incest

Main Character Details

Name: My Grandma she was the hardest worker.

Age: 60's

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Confident,Faithful,Gracious,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Funny,Skillful,Outspoken,Selfless,Religious,Uneducated,Obedient,Modest,Empathetic,Heroic,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: My brother Paul, he only lived to be 19 years of age, got killed on his job.

Age: 19

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Complex,Desperate,Engaging,Flexible,Greedy,Naive,Uneducated

Additional Character Details

Name: My Dad, Elmer Williams

Age: 40's

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive

Additional Character Details

Name: Earl

Age: 20's

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Flexible,Gracious,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Modest,Obedient,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Romantic,Seductive,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

My story provides an inside look at the effects of poverty, illiteracy, and societal prejudices I battle to finally become the self-aware person I am today. It speaks for many who grew up in the shadow of the Depression and into the confines of the fifties, the challenges and freedoms of the sixties, and survived the abandonment of the seventies. My story 'I Can See Clearly Now' is at once commonplace and unique. It is a story shared by many women of my time and places,, perhaps not so much in specific detail, but definitely in overall struggles, defeats, and victories. I married my eighth grade teacher in search of a better life that eventually leads me through four marriages, the birth of a son, the loss of siblings,parents, and grandparents. My journey leads me to Memphis Tennessee, where I learned my trade as a waitress in the bars and restaurants. Later on in my life I would fight for victory over a devastating disease.

About The Author

My book is about growing up in the Mississippi Delta Cotton fields. My journey out of that life would take me through four marriages, the endless drudgery of the day-to-day struggle to survive. My story takes me to Memphis Tennessee where I worked in the bars and restaurants, met and served people such as Elvis Presley, Jon Voight, Ronnie Milsap, Jimmy Dean. Billy Joel, and George Klien. Fueling it all was the one constant in my young life, my 'Grandma'. and my own hunger for security, family and Love.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available



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