Dream Big!

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ACTION DRAMA FAMILY MEMOIR OTHER SUSPENSE/THRILLER BIOGRAPHICAL

1980s & '90s,2000s

Kathy Tuccaro

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Logline

Escaping death at the hands of her violent ex, traumatized by multiple rapes, alcoholism, loss of a nursing career and even homelessness, this is the incredible true story of one woman’s determination to change her life. Her transformation has her operating the largest equipment in the world!

Genre

Action,Drama,Family,Memoir,Other,Suspense/Thriller,Biographical

Short Summary

Childhood memories of sexual abuse, family violence, sense of abandonment and neglect. The story begins with dog house rules as Kathy hides with the dog praying to God. Emotions of fear, loneliness, and despair, lead to the journey of change as she connects with her Faith that shows her the way out.


Through a series of Spiritual experiences and an angel in the disguise of Toothless Joe, Kathy makes one decision that changes her life. She gets the help she needs, and now operates the largest equipment in the world! She travels the world helping women, youth, and communities who need it.

Setting

Langbank, Montreal, Miami, New York, Whitehorse, Edmonton

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse,Substance Abuse,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Kathy Tuccaro

Age: book covers the lifespan until 50

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Empathetic,Funny,Selfless,Sexy,Educated,Insecure,Desperate

Additional Character Details

Name: Rene

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Criminal,Narcisstic,Uneducated,Blunt,Power Hungry,Manipulative,Insecure,Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Toothless Joe

Age: 56

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Underdog,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Tanis

Age: 10

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic,Faithful,Selfless,Funny,Strong Moral Code,Honorable

Development Pitch

This incredible true story is of one determined woman who escapes death by strangulation at the hands of her sociopathic, stalker ex-boyfriend. She overcomes childhood molestation, multiple sexual assaults including gang rape, suicide attempts, domestic violence to the extreme, near-death, loss of a nursing career, alcoholism and even homelessness. The events that occur will keep you on your toes as you root for her to fight her way through it. One decision after a desperate encounter with Toothless Joe changed her life forever and today she operates the largest equipment in the world! The truck she drives is 2 1/2 stories high, weighs one million pounds and carries 400 tons of dirt. When the box is up it is 5 stories high! The courage and strength it takes to transform herself will inspire all who watch it. Kathy now travels the world giving FREE personal development classes to women's shelters, schools, juvenile homes, disadvantaged communities, and even prisons. Many people in the world have suffered a similar fate, therefore they will find inspiration to continue their journey of transformation. The message in this book is powerful and will leave the audience with a sense of awe, and plant a seed of hope in their minds and hearts that change is possible!

About The Author

Kathy Tuccaro’s personal story of rising from the depths of homelessness to driving the biggest truck in the world inspires many hurting Souls that anyone, anywhere and at any time can change their circumstances. She has fought her way through the dark times of losing everything, to discover who she really was, and then completely transforming her life into one of success. In addition to being a motivational speaker and Author, Kathy was a Nurse and worked on various Surgical/Medical/Geriatrics units for 13 years. She is also a certified Occupational Health & Safety Officer and works full time as a Heavy Equipment Operator. She drives a 400+ ton (363 Metric Tonne), 797F Caterpillar Truck as well as a 208,000L (52,000 gallons) water truck and operates the largest motor grader in the world a 24 M CATERPILLAR up in the Northern Alberta Oil Sands. She has always believed in dreaming bigger than the average population, and today she has proven it literally by operating “THE LARGEST EQUIPMENT IN THE WORLD!” Her direct experience with violence, trauma, and sexual abuse has given her much compassion, understanding, and wisdom for those wishing to take that important next step in changing their destiny. Her passion for helping others develop better self-worth has her traveling locally as well as internationally, to give personal development training at women’s shelters, youth centers, recovery homes, and schools. Kathy was born in Val D’Or, Quebec, and speaks and writes fluently French and English. She is a loving mother who lives in Alberta, Canada.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Faith, General interest, Self-help, Women

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Tellwell Publishing

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-I-77302-940-5

Genre

MATURE AUDIENCE, DRAMA, RELIGION

Brief

A girl suffers all kinds of abuse since she is a little kid. She goes through a life of suffering with her family, friends and boyfriends. After challenging all these difficulties, she finally finds love and the perfect job, that helps her develop confidence in herself.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: GOOD

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, it does perfectly

Draw of Story

The fact that it is a story about a woman overcoming obstacles, a past of suffering and difficulties posed by society to finally find happiness.

Possible Drawbacks

Yes, the lack of characterization and the fact that sometimes parts of the story feel rushed and are not told in its entirety.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The fact that it is a story about overcoming a life of difficulties and abuse, based on a true story.

Fanbase Potential

Possibly, because many people might be moved by the author's story.

Awards Potential

Possibly, with some alterations, because it could become a very powerful drama.

Envisioned Budget

LOW BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

IT REMINDED ME OF THE MOVIE “ROOM”, BECAUSE OF THE THEME CONCERNING LIVING IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF CONSTANT ABUSE. ALSO THE SERIES “SHARP OBJECTS,” FOR THE SAME REASON.

What’s New About the Story

Not exactly original, but the power of the story comes from the determination the protagonist has to turn her life around. For it to become more unique, the book should contain more details, characterize the main character better, and further explore the situations presented.

Lead Characters

The lead character stands out for being very resilient and ultimately hopeful, even without having any reasons to be so.

Uniqueness of Story

As it is, not really. It lacks more characterization sometimes, instead of the nice messages the book tries to send the readers, which eventually take too much space from the story.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

First of all, to work even harder on character development. Some supporting characters sometimes feel more like archetypes than actual people. Going a little beyond even the abusive behavior demonstrated by some of them, for instance, could bring the protagonist's hard experiences closer to real life. It is very interesting that the writer decided to merge her story with some self-improvement lessons she'd like to transmit through her personal experience. However, it could be a little toned down, since it occupies a very large part of the book, borrowing from the solid story the author is telling. If there were a better equilibrium between those two things, the pace and structure would feel lighter and smoother, and it could be adapted into a very strong, cathartic cinematic experience.