Treed. Because Trees Have Consequences.

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2000s,Contemporary,19th Century

Virginia Arthur

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Maybelline em'barks' on a road trip to find an old friend that happens to be an old tree. Widowed, she doesn't have many friends left. She has no idea.This multi-generational/ethnic, tension-packed yet poignant/hilarious story revolves around efforts to save this tree with a surprise ending.



Short Summary

Suddenly you hit your 70's and everything you thought you knew is gone including your husband of 30+ years. You grow restless. You get in the car and drive. You can't even explain it but you're off to go find a tree.

Ending too packed (all good!).Can't put in 300 words.End packs a 'cultural punch' re: real black history (and old title to a house I owned (till the house burned in the SD County Cedar Fire)). Fairy tale'd tree in story gets saved while in 'real' life, I was trying to save trees from a development.


Sonomoa County, Santa Rosa, California

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Twist,Philosophical Questions,Coming of Age,Other

Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: Maybelline Emmons

Age: 74

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Gracious,Educated,Insecure,Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: "Oak", her "son".

Age: 31

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Heroic,Educated,Leader,Honorable,Sexy,Blunt,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Romantic,Seductive,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Joni

Age: 33

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Educated,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Sexy,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: "Tank"

Age: 50's

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Clumsy,Confident,Criminal,Desperate,Greedy,Leader,Masculine,Uneducated,Patriotic,Blunt,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Funny,Secretive,Unapologetic

Development Pitch

I turn my passion and concern for the planet into comedic-drama, a lot of it based on real events and personalities (but not directly). I do this I think to prevent total despair over what my species is doing to our own planet. I also do this because most stories leave out the planet. We cut it out of the story and this has always baffled me. Should not the jumping spider on my keyboard right now be part of my story? Should not the oak leaves skittering in from the deck, be part of my story? The goldfinches' descending whistles? Why can't the friend Maybelline seeks out in her grief and age-related life disorientation in fact be a tree? A tree revered a hundred years before by the Native Americans the white "settler" displaced? And what about this single tree and Tamara and Terrence (based on real black kids I met in the 80's trying to defend a tiny piece of land in El Cajon, CA). What about their (fictional) grandfather and the tree? How is he related to the story? An entire ecological, human/cultural ecosystem revolves around this single tree. There is memory and sadness.There is modern day tension from development. There is the culture of the uneducated white man, the "redneck". There is the tension between Joni and Maybelline, Joni disgusted with Maybelline's naivety. And there is redemption and hope (totally fake) at the end. (Because the real ending is we are likely to lose the real trees).This story has many spokes of the wheel that turn/offer something for everyone.

About The Author

Virginia Arthur was born wild. She took to exploring the wilds of her new Ohio suburban jungle by the time she was ten, launching great birding expeditions in between backhoes and bulldozers. Her bird list grew shorter in direct correlation with the number of homes growing larger such that by the time she was 12, she was a raging environmentalist, before the word even existed. This delighted her parents to no end. (Or just listen to Chrissie Hynde's Pretender song, My City Was Gone. This kind of nails it). She continued on this profoundly pointless and frustrating path by earning a B.S. in Field Biology and a M.S. in Botany (Ecology) only to continue the exploring, observing of a country at war with its natural self. She weaves these experiences into her novels but it's not all downerville. She sprinkles some wacky on top. She has published three novels, all “comedic-drama”. Her first novel, Birdbrain, an eco-political fiction novel based on real life experiences, was published in 2014. Phat('s) Chance for Buddha in Houston (Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation), men's coming-of-age short fiction, was published in 2015. In September 2018, she published her latest, Treed, also eco-political fiction. Fall 2020 gave fruit to a book of eco-fiction short stories (Stem and Leaf Plots. Ten Eco-fiction Short Stories). She appreciates reviews. For more information about Virginia, please visit her website: Thank you. Stay wild.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: EOS, my own company. My distribution service is through Book Baby.

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available