Novel performed by Carina Cojeen
Get to know the writer:
What is your novel about?
The odyssey of a young adult girl, stolen from the shores of Africa to the Americas, and her decision to make the tumultuous voyage to find her family and the home from which she was taken.
What genres would you say this story is in?
How would you describe this story in two words?
What movie have you seen the most in your life?
The Godfather (Part 1)
What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
I’ll Write a Song for You (Earth Wind & Fire)
Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Too many to name. However, Do They Hear You When You Cry, by Fauziya Kassindja,
always comes to mind.
What motivated you to write this story?
A combination of the following:
The clashing of metal chains
If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
Dr. Maya Angelou
Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Extending some relief/healing through massage care
What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
From the moment this story entered my consciousness, my protagonist has shown me
all that she see’s. I have always seen this particular passage performed, so when the opportunity presented itself through the Novel Writing Festival, I couldn’t pass it up.
Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
To my fellow creative’s out there, trust your characters; they may actually know more than you. And if you open your self to them, what ends up on the page may surprise you.
Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson
Camera Operator: Mary Cox