Screenplays and Books by Kathleen Keithley

~ Authors write stories -- screenwriters paint them. ~ We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect. ~ Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ~ No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. ~ How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. ~ I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. ~ Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences. ~ I kept always twobooks in my pocket, one to read, one to write in. ~ A word after a word after a word is power. ~ To survive you must tell stories. ~ Always be a poet, even in prose. ~ I write to discover what I know. ~ Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them and pretty soon you have a dozen. ~ As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand. ~ The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. ~ Writers live twice. ~ Writing is its own reward. ~

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Books by K. A. Keithley

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Logline:After Jesus' arrest, Roman law dictates that he must stand trial and be represented by counsel. How will Jesus fare having the benefit of the dedicated and capable Joseph of Arimathea defend him in a fair, modern-day-like trial?

The Jesus Trial was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Eddie Bauer Screenplay Competition.

Shooting for The Jesus Trial is planned for 2019.

The Jesus Trial the book written by Kathleen Keithley and Daniel T. Doyle is currently available on Amazon.

Logline: Ernest Hemingway's early works were stolen off a train. Where did they go and how did they impact the lives of those who encountered the old valise containing these fabulous but unsigned works?

The Valise was an Official Finalist at the 2017 New York City Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
The Valise was a finalist at the 2017 Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
The Valise was a finalist at the 2013 Beverly Hills Film Festival Screenplay Competition.
The Valise was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Table Read My Screenplay Competition.

Logline: Unknown to the small town that it secretly invades, a MARS ROVER sprinkles a little magic dust that turns the community of Casper, Wyoming, into a beacon of hope for the world.

Pattie Lockard is the creator and co-writer of ROVER.
ROVER got the first round nod from Netflix... waiting to hear more.

Logline: The wave of Russian money—the allure of prime American real estate... an unbreakable connection and a true story like no other!

Alexander Kantor is the co-writer of the screenplay and the author of the novel by the same title.
Alexander Kantor won the 2018 Cannes Film Festival Prize for the short version of the screenplay.

Logline: Sophia, a beautiful woman who had everything going for her – until it was all taken away – is compelled by vengeance, anger and hurt to strike out in a new land to find where she belongs.

Hanif Karim is the co-writer of the screenplay.
Where's Sophia began production in Vancouver in Fall 2018.

Logline:A Jewish rabbi in Israel and an Evangelical pastor in the US both realize that the end of times are upon them and that they are being called upon to battle evil and see their people through the ordeal.

Mark of the Beast is under development at Universal.

Logline:A young man comes back to his small hometown after his first semester of college to reunite with his friends at the town's annual Thanksgiving Breakfast. He is happy to see his old friends but it becomes obvious that everyone is changing and that the group will never be the same again.

Logline:When a young man learns that his real father is the vampire Count Dracula he rejects his lineage and battles to destroy the monstrous evil.

Son of Dracula will be shot in Romania Spring 2019. Son of Dracula is also a book which will soon be available on Amazon.

Logline:Dr. Astroblast and his teenage kids fight against Dr. Decay and his evil minions to keep all the teeth in the universe white, gleaming and healthy!

Tooth Galaxy Mission is also a book and available on Amazon.

Dr. Francisco Azar is the creator of Tooth Galaxy Mission and is a dentist in the Miami area who specializes in children's denistry.

Logline:How will the werewolf twins Paul and Peter stop the evil Dr. Burnside before he uses them to create an army of near-wolves to unleash on the world?

Genetically Modified Werewolves is available on Amazon.

Jeffrey Legendre is the creator and co-author of Genetically Modified Werewolves.

Logline: Hatcher! When enemies become allies and friends become foes… who can he trust?

The first in a triology, The Hatcher File is slated to shoot in 2019.

The Hatcher File the book written by Ray Knight is currently available on Amazon.

Logline:Brooklyn Dodgers fans never got over the "betrayal" when their team was moved to Los Angeles. Sixty years later, is there a way to mend their broken hearts?

Steve Frizalone is the creator and co-writer of Back to Brooklyn

Logline: A young girl, forced into prostitution at age twelve, escapes her Brazilian slum for Europe and America to become an international supermodel. In the backdrop of fame and fortune and the glitterati of the fashion world, she earns the attention of a mysterious and dangerous Sheik who compels her to escape once again—this time to find where she truly belongs.

Daria was a finalist at the 2012 Beverly Hills Film Festival, Screenplay Competition.

Logline: A young college coed spirals into a permanent catatonic state after witnessing the brutal murder of a classmate. An experimental drug that impacts the “fear center” of the brain brings her out of catatonia and makes her forget the entire incident but only for a while. The murderer learns of her returning memory and decides to silence her forever.

Fear Center was a semi-finalist at the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenplay competition.
Fear Center was a quarter-finalist at the 2016 Screencraft Screenplay competition.

Logline: Three Los Angeles police officers begin their careers together but their lives follow very different paths—leading to heroics, temptation and ultimately murder.

Logline: Three Los Angeles police officers begin their careers together but their lives follow very different paths—leading to heroics, temptation and ultimately murder.

Logline: Queen! The British band owned the world… but doing their own thing kept them from taking over the universe.

Using hundreds of Queen lyric excerpts in the dialog -- some obvious, some stealth -- the band virtually "writes" its own story in this unique approach to storytelling.

Logline:When a brilliant old scientist is too old to take over the world, he invents a computer that can.

Logline: Colin Jones has a connection with OMNI, the supercomputer, that no one could have imagined. OMNI breaches the technological singularity and selects Colin to carry the torch for the future of AI and for all of mankind.

Logline: A reclusive computer genius is swept away by his all-encompassing love for a woman who cannot return that love. A modern-day retelling of Von Goethe's classic 18th century novel of unrequited love, “The Sorrows of Young Werther.”

Logline:John Adams defends more than the British soldiers who killed five citizens in the Boston Massacre—he defends democracy itself by showing the world that the colonists believe in their own noble words.

Logline: When bad luck doesn't come knocking, Robbie Durso does a great job of sabotaging himself. "Not Since the Toothbrush. . ." is the hilarious true story of a modern-day, down-on-his luck Aussie entrepreneur who life has turned against until he discovers something that everyone in the whole world will want.

Not Since the Toothbrush has investment backing.

Logline: When a rich, spoiled young man loses his parents in a tragic accident, he learns that there had always been another parent who loved him from afar. He travels to England from America, intent on confronting the mother who abandoned him. Instead, he finds a bond that time and distance could not destroy.

The Good Adoption has been optioned.

Logline:What possible connection could there be between a tenth century papal scribe and book hunter and the Roman philosopher Lucretius who lived 1,400 years before? The link involves science, religion, philosophy, atheism and… of course, the Swerve.

Based on the book The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt

Logline:In 1916, Murderous Mary, a circus elephant, who had been abused and beaten, was hung for trampling to death one of her trainers. Eighty years later, Keiko, The Lucky One, the orca that stars in the Free Willie movies is returned to the wild, cannot adapt without a pod and perishes. The abuse of animals for the entertainment of man is the thread that connects the two tragedies.

Logline:Good vs. evil, angel vs. demon, Michael vs. Lucifer in an epic battle to save Earth and to make way for the Second Coming. The end is now, and it's only the beginning.

Based on the book Revelation by Myles Gorospe -- the first in a trilogy -- available on Amazon.

Logline: Plagued by demons since he was a young boy, Ruben could not understand his purpose in life until God cleansed him of the evil.

Logline:A young Afghan woman suffers through loss and tragedy and then is thrown into the middle of an international terrorist plot ultimately emerging as the unlikeliest heroine.

Logline: Daniel Rubin is driven to ask, “Why is there war?” He seeks a place without conflict and war but it takes a return to the simple life to find the peace he desires.

Ofer Saly is the creator of The Escape from War.

Logline:A poor Pakistani boy had no idea that saving the statue of a Hindu god from terrorists would lead him from being a local cricketer to the biggest star in the MLB.

Logline:A British minister travels to Egypt to help in the war effort during WWII only to find that the mysteries of Egypt include not only the Sphinx and Great Pyramid but murder, corruption and the supernatural.

This is an adaptation of the book, The Nightingale Sings, by Amin Karim.

Logline:What in the world does an exotic tea have to do with the US Open? John Smith, a second-grade teacher and wannabe golf pro finds out in the most unusual and magical way.

Logline:The supernatural powers that young Edmund Hammond is born with makes him the target of Diomedes, ruler of Under Earth, who views Edmund as a threat that he must either destroy or control in his quest to take over Upper Earth.

Logline: The true story of Terri Patraw, winning Division 1 coach at the University of Nevada, Reno, who after standing up for the right thing was thrown into the fight of her life with a corrupt university, a corrupt media and a corrupt Nevada judicial system.

One Thousand Showers was written by Terri Patraw and Kathleen Keithley ~ Book available on Amazon

Logline: A young, inexperienced Miami Homicide detective who has depended on his looks and charm to get him by has to get down to business when a celebrated evangelist – Brother Eugene – is nearly assassinated and the body count starts to rise.

Logline: No one -- especially a sophisticated reporter from New York like Penny -- would ever imagine that scores and scores of broken hearts would lead to one true love.

The King of Broken Hearts is being considered by the Hallmark Channel.

Logline: As Christmas approaches Dave, a man who seems to have it all, experiences a nagging emptiness. But when he is drawn to a stream of magical starlight, he is led to true love and happiness.

Star of Dave is being considered by the Hallmark Channel.

Logline: After ten years, a multi-billionaire exhausted in his efforts to fight governmental corruption, takes drastic actions that result in drastic consequences.

Logline:Valentina lives in the future, Helene in the present and Alma in the past. Unhappiness compels each of their spirits to go soul-searching for a happier place in time.

Logline:Through her grandmother's magical hat, Emerson – a shy eight-year-old – learns to deal with starting a new school and dealing with her parents' break-up. In the end, Emerson learns that the hat's real power is the love she had in her heart for her grandmother.

Logline: A frustrated filmmaker learns that nice guys can finish first—but it might take a while. This aspiring movie man enlists the help of his lackadaisical agent and an intellectually-challenged movie star to form the unlikely trio which brings down a cruel and corrupt director.

Logline: Jeff has always been close to his father who worked hard to give his son a better life than he had. But Jeff is inspired by his father's service as a Marine and gives up everything to be just like him.

Logline: The strawberry moon was full of promise. Perhaps it held the hope that Paul would finally learn what true love was and… what it wasn’t.

The book, The Strawberry Harvest is the true story of its author, Paul Wokes, and is available on Amazon.

Logline: In the autumn of his life, Julian was ambushed by the daughter he never knew he had and overwhelmed by the love he had for her the minute he first saw her.

Daughters was written by Kathleen A. Keithley -- Story Idea and Poetry by Ofer Saly

Logline:Magdalene was a beautiful young woman who lived in Jerusalem -- the men literally lined up at her door. But the emptiness she always felt led her to love a Man who taught her that true love was in the heart and spirit.

Magdalene has been optioned by a production company.

Logline: An extraordinary young farm boy from the Midwest proves that there’s no such thing as an ordinary solider.

The book, An Ordinary Soldier, is a true story by Marvin Gebhardt and is available on Amazon.

Logline: Sarah Hunter is an IRS agent who is assigned to a hick town in Iowa to track down tax violators of bartering laws. She didn’t find many violators but she did find something more important – herself and where she belonged… and the most unexpected of all – true love.

Based on the book, The Secrets of Clayton County by Don Wooldridge which is available on Amazzon.

Logline:Ben Drake heeded the call to duty and joined the Union army to fight for the survival of the nation. Despite the perils and hardships he endured in the war, it was no match for the heartache he would face when he finally made it home again.

Based on the book, One Man's Ride through the Civil War by Johnny Johnson.

Logline: Four young men, buddies since grade school, fall under the spell of a sultry, beguiling woman who seduces each of them for her own nefarious purpose, leaving their friendship in shambles and their lives in chaos.

Logline:Dew has no idea that the Rose, the beautiful Cajun girl who he loved all his life, is being possessed by an angry and evil witch who lived long ago. Can love save the day and can Dew save Rose from herself?

Logline: A young Pakistani man learns that a look in the mirror reflects the harsh reality that everyone can be both a victim and an agent of bias and hate.

A Look in the Mirror is scheduled for a shoot in the Middle East.

Logline: Feeling abandoned by the cops and her lover, a rape victim strikes out alone to bring justice to the brutal assailant who still lurks. The young woman does not know, however, just how close he is lurking.

"The Host" was co-written by Christa Allison.

Logline: Homicide Detective Jack Luna is on the hunt to find the October Killer before he strikes again. The pressure is increased when he realizes that Oktubre is targeting his own sister as his next victim.

Logline: After ending an abusive relationship, Lea thinks she made matters worse by moving next door to an unsophisticated oaf. But beneath her new neighbor's rough exterior, Lea discovers a big heart and uncommon wisdom.

Logline: Adrian Monk faces his greatest challenge yet. A big general hospital is the backdrop for murder and suspense. Monk is called on to solve the murders and fight a toxic menace that threatens Natalie.

My completed screenplays include those listed below. By clicking on the graphics above, you will reach the synopsis for that work or you can link to the synopses using the links below:

The Jesus Trial (screenplay & novel)
The Valise
ROVER (TV Series)
America for Sale or Russian Gambit
Where Is Sophia?
666 The Beast
Thanksgiving Breakfast
Son of Dracula (screenplay & novel)
Tooth Galaxy Mission (screenplay & novel)
The Genetically Modified Werewolves (screenplay & novel)
The Hatcher File
Back to Brooklyn
Fear Center
The Myrmidons - A Police Tale, Part 1: Subterfuge (screenplay & novel)
The Myrmidons - A Police Tale, Part 2: Counterplay (screenplay & novel)
Words & Music by Queen
OMNI I: Supercomputer (screenplay & novel)
OMNI II: Legacy (screenplay & novel)
Vernon's Sorrows
In Defence of Democracy (screenplay & stageplay)
Not Since the Toothbrush
The Good Adoption
The Swerve
Murderous Mary and the Lucky One
Ruben's Purpose
Safine's Son
To Escape from War
The Cricketer
The Nightingale Sings
Tee and Tea
Edmund Hammond
One Thousand Showers (screenplay & memoir)
Brother Eugene
King of the Broken Hearts
Star of Dave
We the People
Dreams of Yesterday and Tomorrow (screenplay & novel)
Emerson's Hat (screenplay & novel)
Saved by the Banana
Like My Father
The Strawberry Harvest
An Ordinary Soldier
The Secrets of Clayton County
One Man's Ride through the Civil War
For the Soul of Rose
A Look in the Mirror
The Host
Mr. Monk Saves Rash Natalie (spec teleplay)

Please contact me at if you have a story or an idea for a screenplay or book that you'd like to have written.

Screenwriting Services

Books by Kathleen Keithley