The Bleu Heron

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

Rita Cecilia Huie

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This is the true story of my brother, a jazz saxophone player who spent over 50 years in prison. He began playing jazz in New Orleans back in the 1950s where he had the opportunity to meet Dr. John and they remained friends for life. The author, myself, writes his story to find meaning.



Short Summary

Ii start the story with myself visiting him in jail at the age of 12 with my parents describe what these visits are like. Next I write three creatively different scenarios of what might have happened had my brother not become addicted to heroin. I then write about finding meaning and purpose.

The story ends with his death and the meaning of his life with references to jazz music and a reference to my other self published book Bleu about jazz improvisation for the reader to become more educated on jazz.


New Orleans, Louisiana, and Angola State Prison, Louisiana

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy,Other

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Charles Rene Maduell, III

Age: whole life

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Clumsy,Desperate,Skillful,Lone Wolf,Underdog,Insecure,Crazy

Additional Character Details

Name: myself

Age: whole life

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Skillful,Visionary,Educated,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: my mother

Age: 90s

Gender: Female

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Modest,Charming,Empathetic,Selfless,Funny,Visionary,Heartthrob,Naive

Additional Character Details

The author has not yet written this

Development Pitch

This is the story of a jazz man who almost made it to fame, but something held him back. He could have played with Dr. John; could have made it to fame on his own with his incredible talent. What stopped him? Was it family? God? Demons? or was it simply his dependence on heroin? The story begins in the 1950s of Old New Orleans like a black and white movie of the past, as it is a very different place today. Sounds of jazz permeate the French Quarter, the restaurants were full and the old department stores had huge picture windows where I used to enjoy going to town with my mother and grand mother. But there was always sadness in the home, as my brother spent most of his life in prison. Myself a clinical therapist and also a Catholic was determined to find meaning for his life. I believe that I discovered the answers I was looking for.

About The Author

Rita Cecilia Huie is a retired art educator and social worker with a masters in social work and a masters in flute performance. She is also an oil painter and mixed media artist, children's book writer, and loves to bake, cook and travel. Huie writes non fiction and is currently working on her second children's book with WestBow Press. Huie lives on a farm with her husband in the middle of Texas where their family of four children and four grandchildren visit for the holidays and big family dinners. She was raised in New Orleans from a family of artists, musicians and writers.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Male Leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific

New Orleans and Angola State Prison

Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available







Rita retells - and creates hypothetical scenarios - the story of her brother Charlie, a talented jazz player who got involved with drugs and had the most part of his life spent incarcerated.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD


Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

Book profile reflects the book accurately.

Draw of Story

It is an interesting story about a talented jazz musician who played among the greatest but had his possibilities of career and success cut by his addiction to heroin. Another captivating aspect of the story is that it is told through the eyes of the author, Charlie's little sister.

Possible Drawbacks

One thing that could be edited from the book is the author's personal speculations regarding psychology science and medications cited in the narrative, as there is more depth related to such subjects and deeply knowledgeable specialists may read/watch.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

It is an original story as it involves the 60's jazz scene in New Orleans and themes like drug addiction and life in prison, but there is a certain lightness that come along with it being seen through the eyes of a girl who had nothing but love for her brother.

Fanbase Potential

It could have a large fanbase if adapted especially because of the rich music involved in the narrative.

Awards Potential

It could have awards potential because it is a story that requires great period costume and soundtrack. It could also allow for good acting, as the main character goes through ups and downs when it comes to his promising music career but the downfall provided by his addiction.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The idea of imagining scenarios of what could have happened had Charlie not started taking drugs is highly original and the story would benefit immensely if the author develops these possibilities in a deeper level.

Lead Characters

Charlie was an uneasy child who grew up to be an adult with a unique musical talent. Even though Charlie was addicted to drugs, he is shown as a multilayered human being. He was also seen and loved by his dear sister, the narrator, which is also an interesting character as she believed there were possibilities of a better future for Charlie.

Uniqueness of Story

The narrative's proposition is amazing: point of view, story, characters, imagined scenarios added to a true story. It could benefit if more developed and more layers were added.

Possible Formats

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

Analyst Recommendation



It is great story with many interesting and original elements, but it could use more development, especially regarding the imagined scenarios which may offer endless interesting possibilities for audiovisual.