Life in a Box

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BIOGRAPHICAL FAMILY DRAMA COMEDY HISTORICAL FICTION MYSTERY ROMANCE

Contemporary

JoDee Neathery

Logline

Life in a Box, a character-driven work of literary fiction, asks the question how much would you sacrifice to hide a secret. The answer reveals itself as Andee Camp inherits a box of family history and a challenge from her mother to write a novel based on their ancestors. Colorful characters combine to narrate a story full of mystery and history, heartache and humor, love and betrayal as the saga of two sets of twins born on the same day, one set in Portland, Oregon, the other set in Amarillo, Texas unfolds and by the last page we all understand just how much one would sacrifice to hide a secret. The timeline is both contemporary and reverts to the 1920's to the 1940's.

Genre

Biographical, Family, Drama, Comedy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Portland, Oregon; Amarillo, Texas; Northern & Southern California, East & West Texas; Hawaii; Alabama

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2017

Starting Description

With obstacles in her path, the protagonist must set self-doubt aside in order to discover the mystery surrounding her relationship with her parents and theirs with each other.

Ending Description

Andee completes her dream of writing a novel, and in the process, she learns the underlying purpose in the challenge from her mother to write a novel based on their ancestors. The ending, a series of letters, reveals regrets, joy, and closure for her family members shaken by what was discovered.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Twist, Happy Ending

Plot - Premise

Tragedy, Self-belief, human resiliency, a love interrupted

Main Character Details

Name: Andee Camp

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Insecure, Patriotic, Secretive, Strong Moral Code, Beautiful, Empathetic, Naive, Aspiring, Complex, Funny, Gracious, Perseverance, Romantic, Sarcastic, Engaging, Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: VICTORIA JEANNE SMITH BROWN

Age: 75

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional, Mentor

Key Traits: Confident, Engaging, Empathetic, Funny, Charming, Outspoken, Sarcastic, Secretive, Complex, Beautiful, Adventurous, Faithful, Gracious, Insecure, Modest, Selfless, Sophisticated

Additional Character Details

Name: JONATHAN LOUIS "SONNY" BROWN

Age: 59

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Engaging, Outspoken, Blunt, Faithful, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Leader, Religious, Charming, Confident, Decisive, Aggressive, Greedy, Lone Wolf, Manipulative, Masculine, Narcissistic, Secretive, Seductive, Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: JACKSON BARTON-BROWN

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist, Logical

Key Traits: Confident, Faithful, Funny, Perseverance, Aggressive, Blunt, Charming, Complex, Decisive, Educated, Greedy, Manipulative, Masculine, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Sophisticated

Logline

Life in a Box, a character-driven work of literary fiction, asks the question how much would you sacrifice to hide a secret. The answer reveals itself as Andee Camp inherits a box of family history and a challenge from her mother to write a novel based on their ancestors. Colorful characters combine to narrate a story full of mystery and history, heartache and humor, love and betrayal as the saga of two sets of twins born on the same day, one set in Portland, Oregon, the other set in Amarillo, Texas unfolds and by the last page we all understand just how much one would sacrifice to hide a secret. The timeline is both contemporary and reverts to the 1920's to the 1940's.

Short Summary

With obstacles in her path, the protagonist must set self-doubt aside in order to discover the mystery surrounding her relationship with her parents and theirs with each other.


Andee completes her dream of writing a novel, and in the process, she learns the underlying purpose in the challenge from her mother to write a novel based on their ancestors. The ending, a series of letters, reveals regrets, joy, and closure for her family members shaken by what was discovered.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Tragedy, Self-belief, human resiliency, a love interrupted

Characters

Main Character

Name: Andee Camp

Age: 50

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Insecure, Patriotic, Secretive, Strong Moral Code, Beautiful, Empathetic, Naive, Aspiring, Complex, Funny, Gracious, Perseverance, Romantic, Sarcastic, Engaging, Skillful

Character 1

Name: VICTORIA JEANNE SMITH BROWN

Age: 75

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional, Mentor

Key Traits: Confident, Engaging, Empathetic, Funny, Charming, Outspoken, Sarcastic, Secretive, Complex, Beautiful, Adventurous, Faithful, Gracious, Insecure, Modest, Selfless, Sophisticated

Character 2

Name: JONATHAN LOUIS "SONNY" BROWN

Age: 59

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Engaging, Outspoken, Blunt, Faithful, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Leader, Religious, Charming, Confident, Decisive, Aggressive, Greedy, Lone Wolf, Manipulative, Masculine, Narcissistic, Secretive, Seductive, Unapologetic

Character 3

Name: JACKSON BARTON-BROWN

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist, Logical

Key Traits: Confident, Faithful, Funny, Perseverance, Aggressive, Blunt, Charming, Complex, Decisive, Educated, Greedy, Manipulative, Masculine, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Sophisticated

Supplemental Materials

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