Queen of the Road

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MEMOIR ACTION DRAMA ADVENTURE BIOGRAPHICAL EPIC

1960s & '70s

Karen Powell-Riggs

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Logline

A teenage girl searches for herself and “Mr. Right” on the highways and bi-ways of America in the late 60’s-early 1970’s and survives a stay at the Cecil Hotel in LA's Skid Row.

Genre

Memoir, Action, Drama, Adventure, Biographical, Epic

Short Summary

Within a five-year time period, I covered over 20,000 miles of road, much of it hitchhiking and alone, including the entire length of Route 66. In the summer of 1972, I survived a stay at the Cecil Hotel in LA's Skid Row which is narrated in the book on pages 43-44.


After several close calls on the road, including propositions for sex, rape threats, desertions, illness and trouble with the police, the story takes an ironic twist when I’m attacked by a psycho in my dorm room at college in Marquette, Michigan and narrowly escape.

Setting

My first trip at age 17, was to Washington, D.C. to protest the Viet Nam War (March on Washington 1969). My travels continued on to the Atlanta Pop Festival, Mardi Gras, Toronto Pop Festival, California and Montana.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message, Happy Ending, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Karen Powell

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous, Aspiring, Empathetic, Lone Wolf, Naive,Uneducated,Desperate,Funny,Lone Wolf,Underdog

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Development Pitch

About The Author

Karen Powell-Riggs grew up in Detroit, Michigan and began to travel at the age of 15. She traveled over 20,000 miles when she was between the ages of 16-21, during the years 1969-1974 (hitchhiking most of the time). Her first experience hitchhiking long distances was not by choice, but after her bus ticket home was stolen at the Second Annual Atlanta Pop Festival (Jimi Hendrix’s last U.S. concert before his death) in 1970. That furtive brush with hitchhiking totaled 753 miles back home. The urge to travel and a lack of money precipitated other trips in the next four years, including the entire length of Route 66 and a stay at the Cecil Hotel in LA's Skid Row. Herein lies her story.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

13:978-1492999942