Joanna Neff ja.neff1111@gmail.com 1483484627003


1980s & '90s

Jo Neff

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An industrial holographer in mid-life crisis yearns to reunite with his first love, now a famous film actress. When a ghost image appears in one of his holograms, he must grow from ordinary to extraordinary--and abandon his most treasured dream.



Short Summary

In 1987 Boulder Colorado, when David Leone develops a hologram of a wealthy Denver businessman's daughter (Reynie) and her groom, an image of the bride at age seven also shows up in the hologram. This starts his quest to invent a device to pre-screen space for holographic traces from the past.

During a trist with his first love, David learns his now good friend Reynie has been kidnapped. Now he must use all his new techniques to find his very-pregnant friend. A photo in the DENVER POST reveals David's infidelity, and David hides out in his lab.until his wife decides to work things out.


Boulder, Colorado

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements


Mature Audience Themes


Main Character Details

Name: David Leone

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Educated,Funny,Visionary,Secretive,Aspiring,Clumsy,Engaging,Masculine,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Reynie Raymond

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Skeptic

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Educated,Sophisticated,Blunt,Outspoken,Funny,Sarcastic,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Lucille Muhr

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Engaging,Educated,Sophisticated,Charming,Heartthrob,Sexy,Selfless,Romantic,Seductive,Empathetic,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Harcourt Raymond III

Age: 53

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Educated,Selfless,Sophisticated,Decisive,Gracious,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Aspiring

Development Pitch

I am seeking representation for my offbeat/quirky novel, HOLOGRAM, complete at 102,000 words. In 1987 Boulder, holographer David Leone’s just turned forty. Though he’s mastered the multiplex hologram with a full 360-degree parallax, David short-circuits when the “ghost” image of a child shows up in his hologram of a bride and groom at their reception. Funded by the bride’s millionaire father, David pursues his goal to invent a device to pre-screen locations for events “imprinted” in space. Forbidden by his wife to see the movies of his first love, film icon Lucille Muhr, David returns to Circleville, Ohio and stakes out the Muhrs’ house to capture traces of Lu’s traumatic childhood. But he’s ill-prepared to survive the hazards of this staging ground, including the home’s mercenary owners, a lapse in his tree-climbing prowess, and Lu’s return to Circleville. A threat less obvious to David is that his discoveries might make him famous . . . for all the wrong reasons.

About The Author

Jo studied fiction writing with short-story writer/novelist Mary Robison in the Graduate Writing Program at Ohio University (Athens), during which Mary was her thesis director for a novella. As a Graduate Associate at OU, Jo taught literature. After receiving her M.A. in Creative Writing and English at OU, she taught literature and composition part-time at Temple University (Philadelphia) and at the University of Colorado (Colorado Springs). Before entering Ohio University, Jo had earned a B.A. in English at Butler University (Indianapolis) and served on the editorial staffs of three National magazines—one of which published a number of her short feature articles. While Jo was Senior Syndication Writer at TV GUIDE Magazine’s national headquarters (Radnor, Pennsylvania), she also published freelance theater and music reviews in a local suburban newspaper. In addition to Hologram, Jo has completed an adult literary novel of 83,000 words called Stiff Hearts. She has also begun to work on a fictional memoir called The Autobiography of Lucille Muhr.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Male Leaning

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Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available



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