Tenacity

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MEMOIR MYSTERY ADVENTURE

1960s & '70s,1980s & '90s,2000s,Contemporary,20th Century (multiple decades)

Veena Sharma

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“Tenacity: Penciling the Journey and Inking the Destiny” is a memoir of a woman’s courage and resilience in the face of adversities. Veena takes her readers on the journey from Fiji to her final destination Florida. She talks about her struggles, sacrifices, accomplishment and hopes.

Genre

Memoir,Mystery,Adventure

Short Summary

Veena Sharma was born in a very remote place in Fiji Islands called Dawasamu. Beginning with a painting of life in Fiji that cradles readers so softly that they wish that they had been born there.


In this debut memoir, she shares her life journey, struggles, accomplishments, determination, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Veena wishes to inspire, motivate, and encourage people and to evoke higher frequencies of hope.

Setting

Fiji Islands, Vancouver,BC, California, Florida

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

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

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Main Character Details

Name: Veena Sharma

Age: 56

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Selfless,Visionary,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

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Development Pitch

Veena Sharma is an Indo-Fijian author, who has released her memoir “Tenacity.” It is a story of risk, courage, and determination. Ultimately, it’s a story of the human spirit’s triumph over fear. Born into poverty, uprooted from her homeland, forced to marry a stranger, subjected to physical and emotional abuse. Veena Sharma’s spirit demanded that she risk the emotional pain of ostracism and realize her right to determine the colors of her own story. It is her story of embracing risk and change and learning to dance with them. Beginning with a painting of life in Fiji that cradles readers so softly that they wish that they had been born there, readers then accompany her on an adventure to Canada as her family relocates. There is no way to grasp her family’s insistence she marry a stranger. Her parents, victims of cultural conformity, insist that she stay with him regardless of the physical and mental abuse he inflicts. Veena’s choices inspire readers to deny fear it’s power and to embrace change so they can become the authors of their own stories. “From my perspective, every experience and every person we meet serves a purpose in our life, either good or bad. Your experience in life, including mistakes, struggles, and failures, doesn’t have to define who you are, but instead, it can indeed lead you to discover your true self,” says author Veena Sharma.

About The Author

Veena Sharma was born in a very remote place in Fiji Islands called Dawasamu. She lived there in her early years and moved to Vancouver, BC Canada at age 16 with her family. Veena lived in Vancouver until age 39 and moved to USA after getting her BSN degree from University of Victoria, Victoria BC Canada. Veena's passion for advancement in life gave her opportunity to live in California, Virginia, Illinois and brought her to her final destination, Ft Myers, Florida. Veena completed her Masters Degree in Nursing in 2009 from Walden University. Currently Veena works as an oncology nurse navigator. Veena's passion for creative writing began when she took many English courses while she was attending her nursing program. She excelled in all her English classes. One of Veena's goal in life is to empower, inspire and motivate others. Her first book, "Tenacity: Penciling the Journey and Inking the Destiny" is a memoir of a woman's courage and resilience in the face of adversities. Veena takes her readers on the journey from Fiji to her final destination Florida. She talks about her struggles, sacrifices, accomplishment and hopes that it will help readers who are in plateau and need help to overcome some of the barriers in their life. Show Less

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Male Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Luminare Press

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9781643883861

Genre

DRAMA

Brief

Veena was born in Fiji, living a simple, secluded life with her family. Life changes as they move to the big city and then to an even bigger country, Canada. At 19, she has an arranged marriage and between abuse from her husband, raising her children and studying to be a nurse, she is finds out what life is all about.

Overall Rating

GOOD

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: GOOD

Premise: FAIR

Structure: GOOD

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, the book profile accurately reflects the book.

Draw of Story

The story begins with a beautiful description of Fiji and Veena's family roots there. There are not many stories from that part of the world from the perspective of those who live there.

Possible Drawbacks

The book can be bland at some points. She has a beautiful story about the human spirit and going for goals, but it isn't particularly unique to any other story. There are a million and one stories similar to this one.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that Veena grows in the gorgeous paradise that is Fiji but the farther removed she is the harder her life gets. I would watch the movie to see an inspiring story of a woman who decides she deserves more even when going against her family and culture. It is also wonderful to see a story of a woman of color.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase because there human stories are always welcome and necessary. There is a call for more stories of women, by women and of women of color.

Awards Potential

This could have awards potential depending on the screenplay and director. At the moment, the story is good but could be dramatize considerably for the screen without altering Veena's story. Focusing on Veena dealing with her marriage and her family pushing her back to her husband while she worries for her children and then her pushing to further educate herself and support her family would give more gravitas to the story. There are many important moments in her life that can be given more time to.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

THE NAMESAKE, ENGLISH VINGLISH, JOY, THE DRESSMAKER, EAT PRAY LOVE

What’s New About the Story

The main element that is original is the setting. Veena grew up in Fiji, in a remote part of the island where she relied on herself for entertainment. She lived a simple , happy childhood in Fiji. The rest lies in the fact that this a true story.

Lead Characters

Veena is an ordinary woman who does the best with the cards life has dealt her. She is human and learns how to handle life along the way.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an above average story because it shows a woman of color living life. She doesn't get it right always, she goes through hard times and learns about herself and what she wants in the process. It isn't a gem because she has a similar story to many people in the world but it is still worth telling.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

This is a consider rather than a recommend because it is a great true story, but it isn't very unique. The story has a great base that can be dramatize as a screenplay. It needs work to make it more intriguing for an audience.