Given the recent popularity of Underground, 12 Years a Slave, Django Unchained, Birth of a Nation and The Butler, the subject matter of the slavery narrative is back open for exploration and I think will appeal to both lovers of history and lovers of time travel stories and science fiction. Think of this story as Roots meets The Notebook and The Time Travelers wife and Back to the Future. DreamEmpire with be the EXCLUSIVE casting agency for this feature length project.
SeRina, an adopted, beautiful, rebellious and assumingly white teenager goes on the quest to find her biological family after tragedy strikes. On her journey, she is shocked to find out her true heritage. After an encounter with her eccentric newly-discovered grandmother, she is mysteriously transported from the year 2009 to the antebellum South in 1859 where she finds herself chained to an ancestral past that she never knew. There she runs into familiar faces from home, but she is remembered by no one. In 2009, she had seen but dismissed the struggle of blacks and thought the slavery narratives were almost a bit comical and over exaggerated with their rehearsed agony. But to be an arm's length away from the horror, to smell the fear and see the sweat dripping from his brow, to watch the strong rigid body of a man she had drawn so close to go limp from submission, devastated her in ways that she could not explain.
Torn between times, love survival, conformity, and resistance, SeRina is determined to return home, but how? Lodged in 1859 living the life of a slave instead of her life of luxury, "Freedom", the once insignificant, simple and presupposed word now held a new value in her mind, and she wondered if she would ever taste it again.
About the Author
Joyce Licorish is the youngest of 7 daughters and mother of 2 beautiful daughters and 1 rambunctious son. She recently married film actor Jerome Davis. She was born and raised in the inner-city of Indianapolis, where she was bussed to a primarily white school and saw early on the effects of discrimination and racism.
Joyce, singer, actress, plus model and playwright, takes a turn toward another creative vein as the author of THE FORGOTTEN TIMEPIECE. Best known for her direction/production of Oprah Winfrey’s Color Purple Tour, her powerhouse vocal abilities and stage acting, she takes a step away from the microphone and stage towards the pen to create her debut novel. Inspired by a dream about a watch left to her by her now deceased grandmother Hattie, Joyce takes readers on a journey from modern day back to 1859 and follows the journey of a girl trying to discover herself in a world she cannot understand.