Novel Reading of Priestess of the Forest: A Druid Journey, by Ellen Evert Hopman

 

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

It is the first book in a trilogy that spans from second to fifth century Ireland and Scotland. It describes what happened when the very first missionaries showed up in Ireland (from Gaul), written from the point of view of the Druids. The main characters are female Druids who are herbalists and healers. There are also warriors, battles and ancient Celtic spirituality and poetry as well as a glossary of Old Irish terms.

What genres would you say this story is in?

This is a spiritual work as well as a work of historical fantasy. People who are interested in Celtic history and spirituality will find it interesting.

How would you describe this story in two words?
Celtic spirituality.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I have watched the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies several times.

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

I don’t have one. I like Beethoven and traditional Celtic music played on accoustic instruments.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

A book that I have read many times over my life is “Saki” by H.H. Munro.

What motivated you to write this story?

I have been a Druid for over thirty years. After several trips to Scotland and Ireland the characters began to speak to me and I basically wrote down what they did and what they showed me. Some say the books are “chanelled”. What I can say is the first book (Priestess of the Forest) came out in February of 2008 and I was writing it for nine years before that. In the book I describe a funeral using the herb Artemisia. In April of 2008 archeologists announced the discovery of the first confirmed Druid grave. When they opened the grave they found a container that had last held the herb Artemisia. That was a nice little confirmation for me.

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

I’d love to meet a second century Irish Druid and ask her about her beliefs.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I live in an oak forest and I have to be out in nature every day, rain, snow or sunshine. I care about the fate of the land and the animals, the health of the waters and the purity of the air.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

My hope is to reach a wider audience. Many Americans are fascinated with the Earth Religion of Native Americans. They don’t realize that our own ancient European religions were very similar. If our indigenous European Nature Spirituality could be better known, perhaps people would take better care of the planet.

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

You can’t “want” to be a writer. You can only “write”. If you are really going to do it a lot has to be sacrificed. It is a craft that takes immense time and solitude. Be prepared to put in years of your life for very little monetary reward (usually). That said, for those who are born to the craft, it is one of the most satisfying ways to live.
 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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Chapter 1 Reading of Killer Conversations by Stephanie Parker McKean

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Never Judge another person: there but for the grace of God go I.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Killer Conversations was named one of the best mystery novels of 2017, but it also falls into the Romance, Suspense genre.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Choices matter.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The musical “Brigadoon.”

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

God Is In Control

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“Sea Jade” by Phyllis A Whitney

What motivated you to write this story?

A lone walker who made the same circuit every day, never looking at anyone or speaking to anyone. He was young and slim, totally anti-social, and seemed to walk with the weight on an enormous burden holding his feet to the ground. Since he was so non-communicative, I began inventing stories about who he was, why he was the way he was, and what had carved out his life. My conclusion was that he was a serial killer, tormented by guilt.

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

Jesus

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals, enjoying nature, walking with God.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Being informed that it had been named one of the best mystery novels of 2017.

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

Don’t write to get rich. Write because it is a fire shut up in your bones, and you must get the words out to stop the flame from consuming you.

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Chapter 1 Novel Reading: Briar Earth, by Paul Tapp

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Reluctance, tradition and coincidence. They bring together as princess and escort, an opiniative ‘silly girl’ and a ‘handsome captain’, who fails his diplomatic mission to keep her silent on contentious matters at her fox-hunting debut. A puppy hound and a missing fox-cub confound the biggest fox-meet of the year and bring an end to the cruel tradition.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Historic fantasy/Historic romance.

How would you describe this story in two words?

World’s collide.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca

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

Summer Wine

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Woman In White (Wilkie Collins)

What motivated you to write this story?

As a kid I watched my grandpa and his dogs race rabbits to their burrows. He’d dig them out, apologise as they squealed in fear, wring their necks. It was his living. So too for many over the centuries, is the tradition of fox-hunting. It was a cathartic journey to understand the fear of the fox … and the concomitant respect between the hunted and the hunter when a beagle puppy discovers a fox-cub hiding in a manor stable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

International polemics in a complex, selfish world that will destroy everything we love.Making family documentaries. Investigative journalism.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Nice to hear someone read something I have written. To see if they ‘get’ the nuance in a chapter without the perspective of the full novel.

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

Don’t pitch to an audience. Write to appease something within.
Re-write until all paragraphs say ‘yes’. Writing is a private journey to somewhere. Collect fellow travellers along the way. 

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading: ZAPINETTE GOES TO THE NORTH POLE (CHAPTER 1 & 2), by Albert Russo

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chapters 1 & 2 – Humorous fiction (5000 words) – synopsis:

Zapinette lives with her mother, a staunch ‘felinist’who owns a beauty parlor in Paris, as well as with Firmin, the latter’s boyfriend. The girl however feels much closer to her ‘Unky Berky’, in spite of the fact that he is “such a weirdo at times and can get on her bloomin nerves”. Through Firmin, ‘the vermin’, she learns that her beloved uncle is a ‘homey setchual’. They will travel to four continents together and the trips promise to be quite bumpy. She is part American, part French, part Italian and finds out, along her journeys to Africa and the Holy Land, that she has other origins too.

THE LITERARY REVIEW:
“… Be warned, Zapinette’s gems of insouciant wit tend to become infectious. This wise-child’s deceptively worldly innocence takes the entire gamut of human endeavor in its compass. Hardly anyone or anything escapes unscathed. Michael Jackson,Vittorio de Sica, Freddy Mercury, Mao Zedong, Bill and Hill, the Pope, Fidel Castro, and even Jesus of Nazareth all come under Zapinette’s delightfully zany fire as she “zaps” from topic to topic in an irrepressible flux. As the century of the double zeros is with us – 2017 -, we have seen the future and the future is sham. As a healthy dose of counter-sham, Zapinette should be on every brain-functional person’s reading list.”

Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

Watch Chapter 2:

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading: THE SCENT OF MY SON: IN GOD WE TRUST, by Adrienne Miranda

Performed by Val Cole

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 Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

My continued search for justice for the brutal murder of my son.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

True Crime/ Inspiration and Faith

How would you describe this story in two words?

Unconscionable injustice

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

What a Wonderful Life

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

What a wonderful world/somewhere over the rainbow.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

To kill a Mockingbird

What motivated you to write this story?

The deep love and devotion I have for my son and knowing that the truth must be told. I have been beaten down continually over the past 10 years and these wrong doers must be held accountable and stopped.

My story details the beastly hate, greed and injustice that permeates through our society every day. I want to make a difference and all lives matter.

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

My son Joseph

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My faith, children, extending kindness to others, movies,
Music, singing, dance, Bible study, uplifting others, advocacy and never giving up.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Finally Knowing the truth and having all the proof that my sons brutal and tragic murder has been covered up by law-enforcement and prosecutors at every level.

So many people are supporting me to get my story out there for all people to know and understand that this horrific and hideous nightmare could happen to any parent.

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

When you know in your heart that your story must be told, write it. It is good to journal with dates and facts.

Always let your heart and soul guide you and when you begin put together a 1-2 page summary of the main theme, The plot thickening and your goals.

I had an important, crucial message to send; when you do make sure you deliver it.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Chapter 1 Novel Reading: UNMASKED by R. Saint Claire

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

My novel is essentially a family drama about estranged, middle-aged people still trapped in the damaging social dynamic of their family of origin. There is literally no escape.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Definitely horror.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Twisted psychodrama.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Valley of the Dolls.

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

This is somewhat embarrassing, but probably Yes Starship Trooper.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

What motivated you to write this story?

It started as a personal challenge to write a screenplay at a summer camp setting, which I did. From there I developed it into a novel.

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

William Shakespeare, which would be very weird.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m also a filmmaker. I’m passionate about creativity in general.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

It sounded like a unique opportunity.

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

Write characters you really love (or love to hate) because you will be living with them for a long time.

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Chapter 1 Novel Transcript: No Accountability by Keith Lawton

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

– The novel is about my early childhood, being bought up in council care, through to modern day

What genres would you say this novel is in?

– Memoir

How would you describe this story in two words?

– Helping Others

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

– Great Expectations

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

– Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

– The Grass Arena (John Healy)

What motivated you to write this story?

– Close friend encouraged

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

– My Father

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

– My Dog

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

– Goodreads

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

– Don’t rush – Read through – leave it alone for 2 months, then re-visit & revise – Do the same again for another 8 weeks – Edit, Edit, & Edit – get it proof read & re-visit again

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne