Served in Silence, the struggle to live authentically

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DRAMA LGBT WAR MEMOIR

1980s & '90s,1960s & '70s,2000s,Contemporary

Mark David Gibson

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Logline

Served in Silence is a drama about a gay American war hero serving under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy struggling to live authentically. Unconventionally, he finds a way to cure severe PTSD and alcoholism which leads to the discovery of tapping into one’s own super power of authenticity.

Genre

Drama,LGBT,War,Memoir

Short Summary

Served in Silence is a drama about a small-town boy from upstate New York who believed the best was yet to come. Life was simple during the early years in the 1970s, full of mystery and wonder, yet the struggle to live authentically was constantly looming in the darkness from sexuality confusion.


In his darkest hours of silence and pain, this embattled soul reaches deep within to conquer these relentless demons and victoriously takes back his life. Unconventional at best, with assistance of a South African shaman, he creates a new version of himself as Mark 2.0 is born—the living years.

Setting

Begins in Upstate New York, multiple Air Force bases, Afghanistan, Cost Rica

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Rags to Riches,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Voyage and Return,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Mark David Gibson

Age: From 8 to 50 years old

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Decisive,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Insecure,Leader,Underdog,Lone Wolf,Manipulative,Sophisticated,Seductive,Secretive,Sarcastic,Romantic,Visionary,Funny,Skillful,Outspoken,Selfless,Blunt,Patriotic,Sexy,Obedient,Modest,Masculine,Flexible,Faithful

Additional Character Details

Name: Mom & Dad & Brother

Age: 20's - 30's - 40's - 50's - 60's - 70's

Gender: Other

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Crazy,Religious,Insecure,Manipulative,Villainous

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Development Pitch

Served in Silence would make an excellent full feature or series because the book illustrates the hazards of a life that continually fails to live authentically resulting in poor life choices. People would want to see this drama in order to champion this underdog to live in his truth regardless of his harsh fundamentalist religious upbringing, society and culture of the times. Currently there is nothing out there that depicts the duality and a life of a highly functioning alcoholic, since age 14, on a secrecy and shame guilt spiral serving in the U.S. military under the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell era. A small-town boy from upstate NY believed the best was yet to come. Life was simple in the early years, full of mystery and wonder, the struggle to live authentically would constantly loom in his mind from sexuality confusion and exploration. Like many young people, the desperate teenager joins the military as a way out which proves to be a perfect fit, he excelled. Harsh realities of his youth in the rearview mirror, the yearning for an authentic life still lingered deep down inside. He knew he was gay, and it was illegal to be gay while in the military. He seals the deal of a disguise, and marries a woman. This intensifies the bonds of alcoholism as he battles with his inner demons of illegally being gay. When life is just about over, from poor choices, he reaches deep within to conquer these demons and victoriously takes back his life with assistance of a South African shaman.

About The Author

Served in Silence is a drama about a gay American war hero serving under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy struggling to live authentically. Unconventionally, he finds a way to cure severe PTSD and alcoholism which leads to the discovery of tapping into one’s own super power of authenticity. US Air Force Captain Mark David Gibson makes his debut as an author with his memoir, Served in Silence. Join Mark as he takes you on a journey before, during, and after the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Gibson will take you through his life story of shame and secrecy to presently living a fulfilling life complete with love and authenticity. Served in Silence speaks to the heart of anyone who is hiding who they are, and aims to inspire readers to be brave and live their authentic truth.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: LGBT Leaning,Universal,Other,Female Leaning,Male Leaning

Group Specific

U.S. Military, LGBTQ, Gay

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Publish Your Purpose Press

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

978-1-946384-27-0