Novel Transcript Reading of The Ka, by Mary Deal

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Archaeologists discover a tomb in Valley of the Queens containing hieroglyphs coded with magic and spells that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?






3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Historical fantasy

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Ladyhawke (1985) American Fantasy

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I have no favorite song. I lived in Hawaii for 22 years and greatly favor Hawaiian music. I maintain a huge library of music of all kinds; classical, 1950s era, country/western, opera, jazz, foreign language music, and so much more. I play whatever suits my mood.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Grapes of Wrath (It is a depiction of my mother’s life as her family of 12 crossed the country, living in an old school bus during the Great Depression.)

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I woke in the wee hours from a vivid dream. In the dream I saw multiple scenes of Ancient Egypt, heard their voices, saw their costumes, their buildings, etc. It was real. I could detect a story. As I lay thinking about the strange and vivid dream, I must have gone back to sleep because I woke with a start, seeing one vivid still picture. At that point I knew I had a new novel to write. I immediately went to my PC in my pajamas and wrote for a solid five hours capturing every detail I had seen in the dream. Then I spent four years researching 3500 years of Egyptian dynasties to find the best place to weave my threads of fantasy.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

My mother, to talk about her creativity. She was a country/western/blues singer/musician and could create a song out of hearing one or two words spoken.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am a self-taught oil painter and have been told some of my work is similar to Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. I am also a photographer. I maintain and sell prints of my paintings and photography online.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I had entered the Logline to my novel, The Ka, in one of your offerings sometime ago and it received a favorable response.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

All the stories rattling around in your mind do not get written unless you apply yourself and write them. I’ve been asked many times if I would write a person’s story for them. My response is that I cannot see what is in another person’s mind. Only you can visualize the story and write the details. Only you can make your story unique because it comes directly from you.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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