Watch the September 2016 Winning Novel Reading.
Performed by Kaleb Alexander
Novel Transcript of HEARING THOUGHTS by Anthony Diffley
Get to know the winning writer:
What is your novel about?
My novel is about a young New York city man who aquires the ability to hear other peoples after he mysteriously disappears from his friends, while on a camping trip. He does not know how to properly use this talent at first but when approached by the CIA, questioning about his disappearance, and having lost his wife on 9/11, it doesn’t take him long to know what to do with it.
What genres would you say this novel is in?
Science Fiction, Action Adventure
How would you describe this story in two words?
What movie have you seen the most in your life?
4) Most Watched Movie: Without a doubt- “The Godfather”
How long have you been working on this novel?
Prior to it being published in 2015, I worked on writing the manuscript, for my novel, in one year but had been working on the story for over five years. I wrote out the original story as a plot for a movie but when I showed it to a professional screenwriter, he suggested I rewrite it as a novel because he felt the story was too complicated to be written within the industry standard, one hundred and twenty page screenplay. He did love the plot though.
Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”
What motivated you to write this story?
Two things- First, the story of Betty and Barney Hill. Second, the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
What artist would you love to have dinner with?
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Hanging out with my children and family.
What influenced you to enter the novel contest?
Because I honestly believe I have written a very mind grabbing, thought compelling book.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Do not rush your work or feel compelled to finish quickly. Take your time and take serious breaks away from your writing. I got my best story ideas for my book right after spending one or two days away from it.
Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson