Every Grain of Sand

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1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,2000s,Contemporary,20th Century (multiple decades)

David P. Wichman

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After a tormented childhood, a young man succumbs to addiction, sex work, and white-collar crime, until a brush with prison awakens him to recovery. He finds freedom from his addiction and a spiritual calling as a sexual healer who helps others emerge from shame to connection.



Short Summary

September 2004, DAVID sits in a holding cell in San Francisco waiting to be sentenced. He’s a blackout alcoholic, meth addict, and sex worker about to face prison time for numerous white-collar crimes. At six, David’s innocence was shattered after an encounter with a neighborhood pedophile.

David found a calling in sex work. Working with seniors, the disabled, and those with severe intimacy issues, he discovered the transformational power that sex work creates. He founded his travel-companion company, the Male Adventure, and also HealVR. He is an active member of the LGBTQI2 community.


San Francisco and Freemont, CA; various

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Other,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Other

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse,Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: David

Age: various

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Adventurous,Unapologetic,Sexy,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Norman

Age: 30s

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Villainous,Criminal,Secretive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Todd

Age: 40s

Gender: Other

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Masculine,Sexy,Charming,Aspiring,Engaging,Faithful,Seductive,Romantic,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Linda (mother)

Age: 30s

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic,Gracious,Insecure,Naive,Obedient

Development Pitch

Sexual healer and entrepreneur David P. Wichman has lived through it all: childhood abuse, foster care, homelessness, survival sex work, and the blackest pits of drug and alcohol addiction. Despite the darkness, he found a profound sense of purpose as a male escort, but not the type of provider often seen in the news. His approach to sex work transcended common shame-based belief systems as he brought compassionate intimacy to marginalized men, including the elderly, disabled, and traumatized, illustrating a universal need for true connection. After white-collar crime landed him in jail, David resolved to finally conquer the sense of brokenness that had been driving him to self-destruction throughout his life. In his moving memoir, he recounts how his recovery and spiritual journey have revealed to him his inherent wholeness and worth, a message of love and belonging that he now carries to others. Every Grain of Sand is a celebration of restoration to a life of joy, gratitude, and wonder.

About The Author

David P. Wichman is an author, speaker, sexual healer, and entrepreneur passionate about his message. He is respected and well-known all over the world to those who seek to renew themselves and explore ways to live a fulfilling life free of stigma, shame, and fear around sex, love, and intimacy. Raised in Fremont, California, David survived a childhood marked by severe neglect and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. The trauma of his early life led him into years of homelessness, alcoholism, and drug addiction. After decades of struggle and rehabilitation failures, he finally obtained freedom from his addiction in 2005. He remains an active member of New Thought and recovery movements to this day. In 2006, when David began his journey into sex work, unbeknownst to him he found his calling. While working with sometimes marginalized men, such as seniors, the disabled, and those with severe intimacy issues, he discovered the profound transformational power that sex work creates for both client and provider. In 2009, David founded his travel-companion company, the Male Adventure, through which he has accompanied clients on life-changing adventures to all seven continents. His trips have featured safaris in the Serengeti, bungee jumping in New Zealand, swimming with humpback whales in Tonga, treks to mountain gorillas in Uganda, and much more. He believes his connection to conservation, wildlife, and different cultures has given him a more intuitive ability to respond to the human condition. He is an activist, vocal ally, and grateful member of the LGBTQI2 community and stays connected to current and emerging issues that dominate marginalized communities. He is a passionate fundraiser for HIV- and AIDS-related causes and other nonprofits supporting other-abled persons and benefiting animal rescues. In 2011, David created and began facilitating a workshop called “Sex, Love, and Intimacy: Writing Your Way to New Relationships” for recovery conferences and retreats. Groups have used his highly sought-after writing workshop in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sydney, Australia, with great success. In 2016, David and his partners, Carl and Todd, founded Heal-VR, a software development company that merges ancient spiritual principles and meditation techniques with modern virtual reality technology. Heal-VR creates content that offers users a deeper and more profound meditative experience. Undergirding all of David’s personal and professional efforts has been a deep and abiding mystical spirituality. He is currently a student of “A Course in Miracles” and utilizes New Thought practices, such as life visioning, creative visualization, and meditation. While he has studied the works of many modern healers, his deeper healing in recovery has been under the guidance of his spiritual mentor, T. J. Woodward. David’s spiritual practices have brought him an overwhelming sense of gratitude and an unending wealth of forgiveness and joy on his journey to true wholeness. David lives with his partners and their three dogs in the Coachella Valley area of California.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: LGBT Leaning,Male Leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific

San Francisco, LGBTQI2, sex workers

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: W. Brand Publishing

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available







David recounts his life story that begins with severe abuse at the hands of his stepfather and molestation by a neighbor. He ends up in the foster care system and then homeless and a drug addict. David ends up in prison for stealing identities, but also finds sobriety. He starts a business as a dog walker and ends up becoming a very in demand escort.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: GOOD

Structure: EXCELLENT


Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story begins with David heading to his court date to see if he will spend time in federal prison for some white collar crime. He his completely unaware how the system handle his case. It piques interest from the beginning because we see where the David ends up.

Possible Drawbacks

This book is difficult to read when David recounts the abuse he deals with from the age of 6 years old. He becomes self destructive until he finds himself in prison. It is an inspiring story but devastating to read how children are not protected by their parents.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that David suffered years of abuse to become a successful entrepreneur. He suffered for many years, but is able to stay clean and build a life for himself.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase because inspiring stories are necessary. It gives hope to the audience about humanity. There is a call for more diversity in films and David is apart of the LGBTQAI community, giving a perspective of how it is for LGTBQAI youth on the streets.

Awards Potential

This could have awards potential because it deals with many heavy topics such as childhood abuse, sexual assault, sex work and drug addiction. If adapted well for screen, it could be a great film.

Envisioned Budget


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What’s New About the Story

This story is original because it is a man's life story. He is an gay man in America who suffered a horrible childhood which led to a horrible adult life with drugs, homelessness and prison. There is nothing needed to make it more original.

Lead Characters

The lead character stands out because his story is told through a healed person. The tone is not of bitterness and anger. He clearly has reconciled with that part of his life to be a healthy adult.

Uniqueness of Story

This is not a rare gem because stories of childhood and adult trauma being confronted are common. They are inspiring and uplifting which generally makes a good film or show.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Streaming

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