The Other Gloria

L. A. Villafane

Book Cover

GENRE

DRAMA

    Core Theme

    MENTAL ILLNESS, DISCOVERY, OVERCOMING ABUSE

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s,Contemporary

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    SLIDING DOORS, FRANKIE AND ALICE

    CHARACTER LIST

    • GLORIA: 20S, 40S DEVOTED MOM, PATIENT, LONG SUFFERING, DAMAGED

    • CHARLES: 20S, ABUSIVE, NEEDY, CONTROLLING, GLORIA’S FIRST HUSBAND

    • RICK: 20S-40S, KIND, GENEROUS, GLORIA’S SECOND HUSBAND

    • CHRISSY: LITTLE GIRL TO YOUNG ADULT, AMIABLE, CARING, GLORIA’S OLDEST DAUGHTER

    • SARAH: BABY THROUGH TEENS, INDEPENDENT, PROTECTIVE, GLORIA’S YOUNGEST DAUGHTER

    • DENA: 60S, SWEET, MOTHERLY, HELPFUL, GLORIA’S MOTHER

    Logline

    The truth lies in what she can't remember. There is another who harbors her unspeakable secrets. Meeting her is where the danger lies. Gloria must meet the other part of herself--the one she has never met if she is going to escape with her life and the lives of her two young daughters.

    Target Audiences

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

    Target Gender: Female Leaning

    Setting

    Bakersfield California

    Based on a True Story

    Yes

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Empire Publishing

    Year Published: 2019

    Starting Description

    On a dark January night in 2019, Gloria finds herself behind the wheel of a car, beaten and covered in blood. She has no idea where she's coming from, or where she might be headed. She pulls safely to the shoulder, only to lose conciousness and wake up to her past, 2003.

    Ending Description

    Gloria meets the Other Gloria in 2003 and discovers the secrets of that bloody January night in 2019. The Other Gloria takes her on a journey back to her future, where she finds it is not as she remembered.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    978-0-9989496-7-3

    Mature Audience Themes

    Sexual Abuse

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Gloria Davis

    Age: span of 25 to 40

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic,Faithful,Underdog,Modest,Selfless,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Charles Davis

    Age: 30

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Criminal,Desperate,Narcisstic,Masculine,Blunt,Outspoken,Secretive,Manipulative

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Chrissy

    Age: 4 to 20

    Gender: Female

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Funny,Sarcastic,Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Chrssy

    Age: 4 to 20

    Gender: Female

    Role: emotional

    Key Traits: Charming,Empathetic,Engaging,Outspoken,Funny,Sarcastic,Unapologetic

    Development Pitch

    I think I'm going to go ahead and pay the extra to let a professional do the pitch page.

    Genre

    DRAMA

    Brief

    Time and reality are blurred when a woman finds herself fleeing from an unknown trauma and trying to make sense of what seems to be a newly fractured life.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: GOOD

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The profile accurately reflects the book.

    Draw of Story

    The suspense and tension of wondering what could have happened prior to the opening of the story that left the main character in such a frightening scenario draws you into the story completely.

    Possible Drawbacks

    When it became apparent that the actual mental illness was not going to be addressed head on, there was a bit of a let down. The intertwining timeline is interesting, but since it doesn't deal with the real mental issue, it seems as if the story might go in a supernatural direction. When neither angle pans out, it is a bit disappointing. Adding some tidbits that allude more to dissociative disorder might give the story more dimension and intensity.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The opening scene with the blood and memory loss is really compelling and jumping on for the ride to resolution is enticing.

    Fanbase Potential

    With the right above the line talent, this could make a successful showing at the box office.

    Awards Potential

    With professional development, there could be some potential for award in acting and writing categories.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    SLIDING DOORS, FRANKIE AND ALICE

    What’s New About the Story

    The concept of the two time lines and the character trying to reconcile them is compelling. It would be more interesting and potentially more unique to sprinkle in more artifacts of dissociative disorder to hook the audience.

    Lead Characters

    The main character is developed and empathetic, but we really need to see her struggle more with her memory and mental health to make her break out as a great character.

    Uniqueness of Story

    The story could be improved by the addition of some artifacts relating to dissociative disorder. The main character also needs to have more personal conflict and struggle with her mental health and memory loss to make her a complete and sympathetic character.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Indie, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    Both the two timeline concept and the mental health angle are interesting and marketable attributes. With attention to development, it could be adapted to become a relatively successful film.

    Brief

    Time and reality are blurred when a woman finds herself fleeing from an unknown trauma and trying to make sense of what seems to be a newly fractured life.

    What We Liked

    - Both the two timeline concept and the mental health angle are interesting and marketable attributes.
    - Expanding this into a deep character study, drawing heavily on the manifestations of dissociative disorder could be adapted into a gripping feature.
    - The story could adapt nicely into a limited run television project in the vein of Sharp Objects.
    - Key points: Based in reality; Brings awareness of mental illness; Strong female leads; Interesting premise; Positive ending.

    Synopsis

    The year is 2019 when Gloria finds herself driving an unfamiliar car. Her head is aching and to her horror she soon discovers that she is covered in blood. Gloria is scared and completely baffled. She has no idea what has happened, where she has been or where she is going. She pulls the car to the side of the road and loses consciousness.

    The next thing she knows, she awakes in her bed. She looks to the person in bed next to her expecting to see to Rick, her finance. She is shocked to discover that her abusive ex-husband, Charles, is lying next to her. She escaped Charles in 2017, so seeing him in her bed now frightens her.

    However, it soon unfolds that she has awoken in the year 2003 and she is still living life with Charles. Her children, Chrissy and Sarah, who are in their late teens in the present, are still little in her current reality. Unsure what is really happening, she knows she has to get out of the current situation. The only thing she knows to do is try to redo her life in hopes of creating better and healthier circumstances for herself and her girls.

    She remembers that in present time Charles made an attempt on her life by shooting a bullet into the house she shared with Sarah. She doesn’t want to risk her life so she endures Charles’ continued abuse until she can secretly move into her parents’ house with her daughters. Charles is furious when he learns Gloria has left him, but her father protects her from Charles’ calls. Soon Gloria has saved up enough money to rent a small house for herself and daughters. Charles still harasses her when he can and tries to make her life miserable. She has to patiently and creatively outsmart him each time.

    Once she feels that her girls are safe, Gloria’s effort at a better life includes finding Rick. With the help and understanding of her friend and boss, Mickey, Gloria is able to make contact with Rick. He doesn’t know she exists in the year 2003, but she somehow convinces him to meet up with her. She explains that she has met him in her dreams and that they are supposed to be together. Gloria piques his interest, but he has a current live-in girlfriend called Veronica. As things start to dissolve with Veronica, Rick is open to dating Gloria. They begin a relationship and start to fall in love.

    Not able to reconcile all the abuse she has endured at Charles’ hand, she starts seeing a therapist. She is missing memories due to disassociate disorder created by the trauma she endured with Charles and with the doctor’s help, Gloria decides that she is ready to go under hypnosis and face the lost memories. She meets Other Gloria who carries the lost memories of her life. While under, the Other Gloria reveals that the night she found herself driving the unfamiliar car, that she had been bound and kidnapped by Charles. She killed him in self-defense before she was found unconscious by the side of the road and brought to the hospital.

    When she awakes in the present Gloria finds herself resting in a hospital bed. She is soon joined by Chrissy and Sarah who are fully grown. Rick soon joins them. He helps fill in memories that they are married. Their daughter, Megan, arrives. Confused at first, soon Gloria is able to recover memories of Megan’s birth. With Charles gone once and for all, Gloria can finally heal and begin living her life as a whole person.

    About The Author

    Lori Villafane lives in Granbury, Texas, with her husband Larry, her standard poodle, Doodle, and a sassy tabby rescue named Diva. When She's not writing, she enjoys helping Larry build and refurbish houses. She loves anything DIY, which includes writing. Although her debut novel, The Other Gloria, is a work of fiction, she has drawn from her own experience living with dissociative disorder to create Gloria.