Performed by Katelyn Varadi
Get to know the writer:
1. What is your novel about?
Kate Lawless, nineteen, is all alone in the world and struggling at the moment to make ends meet. Although answering a World Security League all-call for psychics is dangerous in these phobic times, she is tempted by the promise of reimbursement for just showing up. Screenings take place in a hotel conference room. When hers goes very well—a shocker—she is checked in so that she can undergo further testing. Staying at the ritzy hotel is quite a treat for Kate. The Christmas decorations are beyond beautiful. The festive background music reminds her of past holidays, most of them celebrated with a foster family or with other kids living in the youth ranch or orphanages that have been her life since the age of two. Her holiday plans this year? Enjoy this surprise vacation to the max, take the money, and pay her past-due rent.
Nikolai Nycov, a Russian member of the WSL team, is assigned to her. While he claims that he’s only interested on a professional level, he won’t stop meddling in her personal life. He comes off as deliberately distant one minute; too helpful, the next. Although annoying, this actually intrigues Kate, as does the fact that her clairvoyance gets a psychic boost whenever Nikolai is physically close.
Distracted by her growing feelings for him, she finds it harder and harder to lock onto Mbali Tinibu, the ruthless Sierra Leone civil war criminal she is helping the WSL locate. Kate finally asks to work alone and is given permission in spite of Nikolai’s objections. Only then does she realize how unpredictable and dangerous her psychic gifts can be. And having an annoying Russian around? Well, sometimes that’s not so bad.
2. What genres would you say this story is in?
Young/New adult paranormal romance
3. How would you describe this story in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
There are five songs on my list of all-time favorites. At the very top is “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas.
6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Yikes. Another hard question. It would have to be Jane Eyre. It introduced me to Gothic romance, mystery, and courageous, timeless heroines. (I own every movie, series, and miniseries of it that has ever been made.)
7. What motivated you to write this story?
My favorite books, movies, or TV shows are usually ones with a spunky heroine, an inappropriate hero, and an element of danger. That’s what I read and watch with the most pleasure. That’s what I tend to write (with the most pleasure).
8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be
Richelle Mead, author of the amazing Vampire Academy series, which I have read and re-read so many times. I have a lot of questions for her and a lot of compliments to pay.
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Reading, music, and movies.
10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
I wanted to hear it someplace besides inside my head.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
The most important thing you can do is to grab a pen, a pencil, a recorder, or a keyboard and BEGIN. Writers write.
Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com
Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Op: Mary Cox