Kiss Me, Swami: The Spiritual Education of a Beauty Queen

Kathalynn Turner Davis

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GENRE

MEMOIR ROMANCE

    Core Theme

    SELF DISCOVERY

    TIME PERIOD

    1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,2000s,1940s & '50s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    MODEL SHOP, FACTORY GIRL, EAT PRAY LOVE

    CHARACTER LIST

    • KATHALYNN TURNER: TEENS THROUGH 70S. BEAUTIFUL, LUCKY, ALWAYS SEARCHING

    • MAC: 40S, HEART SURGEON, KATHALYNN’S FIRST HUSBAND AND FATHER TO THREE OF HER CHILDREN

    • BOB: 30S-70S, FINANCIER, KATHALYNN’S SECOND HUSBAND AND FATHER TO HER YOUNGEST DAUGHTER

    • JAS: 50S, PETER PAN COMPLEX, KATHALYNN’S LOVER AND FORMER THERAPIST

    • STELLA: KATHALYNN’S ACTING COACH, FRIEND AND CONFIDANT

    • GENEVIEVE: NEWBORN -20S KATHALYNN’S YOUNGEST DAUGHTER

    Logline

    Kathalynn Turner Davis ditched beauty pageants for Hollywood, finding herself in the living rooms, nightclubs, sound stages, and lives of some of the era’s hottest celebs, including the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself.

    Target Audiences

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

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    New York, Greenwich, Los Angeles (Beverly Hills, Laurel Canyon, LA)

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Silver Falcon Press

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    Kathalynn dreams of becoming something big and making it in Hollywood. She goes on to compete in beauty pageants and then on a whim, follows singer Brian Hyland out to California, where she ends up getting involved with acting and all that Hollywood has to offer.

    Ending Description

    Kathalynn finds that there is meaning in life and makes journeys to Israel, India, etc., to better herself spiritually and continue the path of enlightenment.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    978-1733840705

    Mature Audience Themes

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    Plot - Other Elements

    Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

    Plot - Premise

    Internal Journey/Rebirth

    Main Character Details

    Name: Kathalynn Turner Davis

    Age: 15 through today (60s)

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Charming,Desperate,Insecure,Naive,Outspoken,Funny,Romantic

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    Development Pitch

    Brief

    True story. A beautiful starlet leaves behind the world of beauty pageants for the promise of stardom in sunny California. Though she has many brushes with Hollywood greatness, she follows her instincts to New York in an effort to better her acting. Here she finds several men of her dreams and becomes a wife and mother as she continues on a spiritual journey to reach her true potential.

    What We Liked

    - The many cameos of famous names is always a thrill;
    - The fact that this is a biography of a real person who waited until the latter part of her life to write it gives this an epic nature that allows the reader to really delve deeply into her life and personality;
    - The sweeping nature of the character study that follows a young woman through many generations of her life is perfect to into adapted into a feature;
    - The story of Kathalynn could be part of a documentary or docu-drama about those who exist adjacent to celebrities. This type of adaptation would be appropriate for a television project;
    - Strong female leads;
    - Spiritual, positive message.

    Synopsis

    Kathalynn Turner competed in beauty pageants from a young age. Her dream was to become Miss America. However, she always felt inferior to the taller and those she perceived to be more beautiful. When she was old enough to move out of her family home, Kathalynn followed her teen idol Brian Hyland, to Los Angeles where she hoped to become a star. She was immediately swept up into the Hollywood scene and met anyone who was anyone, including Elvis. She was a bit of an “it” girl when she received a small role in the film, The Grasshopper. The reviews were good, but she didn’t want to be known as the funny, cute girl. She wanted to be a serious actress so she picked up and moved to New York to study.

    In New York, Kathalynn took dancing and acting lessons, but also met an older man named Mac. They had a whirlwind romance and married. They quickly became the parents of three young children, moved into the coveted Dakota apartment building, and rubbed elbows with the rich and famous. Kathalynn took acting lessons from Stella Adler and developed a circle of actor friends that kept her busy. Soon the marriage fell apart. However, Kathalynn was not a single mom for long. She soon met and fell in love with a goofy financier named Bob. They had a child, Genevieve, and moved to the suburbs of Connecticut.

    Kathalynn hated the suburbs, but kept herself busy with her metaphysical movements organization, Science of Mind, and learning about The Sedona Method of self-discovery. She and Bob also ran a charity to help victims of child abuse as the children got older. After many years, the marriage to Bob broke down and Kathalynn moved on to dating Jas. She fell madly in love with him, but he was unable to commit. After her break up with Jas, Kathalynn moved back to New York and then traveled on a spiritual journey to India and Israel where she had a spiritual awakening. Sunny California beckoned to her again, and she relocated to Los Angeles where she is now a therapist, life coach, actress and writer.

    About The Author

    Kathalynn Turner Davis is a life coach, psychotherapist, and Sedona Method coach, as well as an actress and writer. In addition to a long psychotherapy and coaching practice, she has a body of work in film, television, and theater.