Novel Reading of TO DANCE WITH UGLY PEOPLE by Lorene Stunson Hill

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

.Dani Marie Dobson, a High School student, suffers from low self esteem and feelings of inadequacy that makes her life grim, especially when it comes to love. Then she runs into Dane Ransom, a High School graduate, with a full-time job and an ambiguous past. Immediately Dani’s understanding of the world turns upside down, and she finds herself thrust into a dangerous and frightening world of gripping truth. Faced with her life imploding, “To Dance with Ugly People,” follows Dani through a gauntlet of trouble and turmoil, the birth of her adorable son, DeAndre, divorce and a new love full of passion and feelings. But, the explosive reality of life leads up to a final stirring climactic realization that may lead to her own unraveling.

The good is sensitively written, the bad is portrayed as the reality of life and the ugly are the things in life we hope will never happen to us.

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

African American Women’s Fiction

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

Provokingly Truthful

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

The Color Purple

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

Greatest Love of All

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

To Kill a Mockingbird

7. What motivated you to write this story?

The thing that motivates me to write is the need to observe and comment on the damage humans can inflict on one another. I have to honor it. There is something to be learned from every experience. Understanding the journey of others could help them release themselves and possibly do better if needed. Speak to someone. Speak to their intentions. We don’t know it all; we all can learn. Everyone has a story and there is something to be learned from every experience.

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

Maya Angelou

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

Sewing, Cooking and Building Doll Houses.

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

I want the reader to feel every emotion my character’s does no matter how shocking because if you give your audience something powerful; they will cheer.

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

A great writer is one who is not scared of what people think of them and their wrting. They are the ones who can take a bad situation they know about or have experienced and turn it into a great story. You should not be scared of what your pen bleeds onto the paper, just let your heart and soultalk to your readers.

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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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Novel Reading of CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT, by Kim Montgomery

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

Kim Montgomery – Author of ‘Curly and Tubs and the Galloping Rot’
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000330641
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Curly-Tubs-Galloping-Rot-Montgomery/dp/1410785017/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306431018&sr=1-1&tag=freado0c-20

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8423

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?
Two young brothers own a set of encyclopaedias. The two boys are transported into volume 5, Nature, to do battle with a rot that is rapidly threatening to destroy the entire land.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?
Children’s fiction, fantasy

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

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Voluntarily, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Statistically, Finding Nemo. It was my daveson’s favourite for a long time. Explanation of daveson: He is my step grandson. He has two biological grandfathers, so I had to find something else for him to call me. After a lifetime of the trauma of being a male called Kim, I chose Dave.

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

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Lord of the Rings

7. What motivated you to write this story?
Childhood memories from growing up in Southern England during the 1950s and 60s.

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

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Cooking, gardening, walking, geocaching.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
To help gain exposure, and because I believe it has potential to be converted into a screenplay.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Be prepared for the hard bit after you’ve written your story. Marketing and promotion are ten times more difficult than writing.

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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 of AN UNCOMMON FAMILY, by Christa Polkinhorn

http://www.christa-polkinhorn.com

A chance meeting between a middle-aged woman, a widower, and a semi-orphaned child in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, brings together three people who grapple with a past of loss and betrayal. Six-year-old Karla, whose mother died in a car crash, has a hard time accepting the loss. Anna, her aunt and guardian, struggles with her former husband’s deception and her shattered confidence in men, and Jonas, artist and teacher, mourns the death of his wife.

While trying to help Karla, a talented but troubled child, Anna and Jonas develop feelings for each other that go beyond friendship. The budding romance, however, hits a snag when Anna discovers a sinister secret in Jonas’s past. While the two adults have come to an impasse, young Karla takes matters into her own hands. Together with a friend, she develops a plan to bring the two uncooperative adults back together. The plan, however, creates havoc and as it begins to unravel, Karla is forced to learn some difficult lessons.

An Uncommon Family is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait, Book One): Three people with a troubled past meet in Zurich, Switzerland. Six-year-old Karla longs for her dead mother. Anna struggles with her former husband’s deception, and Jonas mourns the death of his wife. While caring for little Karla, Anna and Jonas fall in love but sinister events in their past threaten their budding romance.

AN UNCOMMON FAMILY is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

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

Family Drama with a touch of romance

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

Poignant and hopeful

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

Midnight in Paris

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

All songs by Leonard Cohen

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

Too many to list: Novels by Louise Penny, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Ann Patchett, Joanne Harris, Virginia Woolf etc. etc. etc.

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

Leonard Cohen

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

Reading, traveling, walking, a good meal and a glass of red wine

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

Curiosity

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

Just write, don’t worry too much about the product, instead enjoy the process.

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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 of EANIE MEANIE MINIE NO, by Sandra S. Kerns

Type: NOVEL

Genre: Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Crime

Logline: Eenie, Meanie, Minie, No! is a romantic suspense in which a terrified but determined high school teacher is pitted against a killer intent on eliminating the members of her clique in high school and framing her for their deaths.

www.sandrakerns.com

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about? Eanie, Meanie, Minie, No! is about a woman overcoming past fears to save a friend and reclaim love.

2. What genres would you say this story is in? Romance, suspense, and thriller. There is a reunion with an old boyfriend, someone stalking the heroine, and a psychological bent to the antagonist.

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

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life? I’d have to say all of the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies because my husband is a huge fan and we watch them every Christmas break. However, I’m a huge fan of The Holiday, all the Jason Borne movies, and Dirty Dancing. In other words, my tastes are all over the board.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) Believe it or not, Amazing Grace. My faith is important to me and this song says it all, the good, the bad, and the forgiven.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel? I don’t really have an all-time favorite. It’s usually whatever I’m reading or writing at the time.

7. What motivated you to write this story? That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? To be honest, I seem to remember being with a group of writers discussing what motivated each other to write and nursery rhymes popped into my head. As I drove home, the image of children using this rhyme to pick sides came to me and the negative aspects of what it could mean. After that, my insane imagination went crazy.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be? My great grandmother. I loved listening to her tell stories about her life.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? Sewing, knitting, crochet. I love creating things.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed? I wanted to hear it through someone else’s voice. Elizabeth Rose Morriss did an amazing job.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? While we all need constructive criticism to make our work the best it can be, DON’T let anyone’s comments stop you from writing. There are many wonderful readers out there who will give you the input you need to tweak something. Unfortunately, there are also many who live to put other people down. Those are the ones you smile, say thank you for the comment, and walk away. If the comment, despite being phrased in a mean spirit, has merit, work with it. If it doesn’t, let it go and move on. Whatever you do, write. The more you do, the better you will become.

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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 of Superhighway, by James Oldman

 

Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural

Logline: For centuries his species had been the predator,now life had changed for them both when the little mole believed the promises of an owl.

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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 of THE VIRTUOSO by Virginia Burges

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

The Virtuoso is a romantic drama following the misfortune of a famous concert violinist who struggles to recover from the mutilation of her left hand. In the aftermath of the accident she must face her demons so that she can love and trust again; unaware that her troubled ex-husband is far from finished with her, as she strives to fulfil her new destiny.

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

Mainstream literary fiction.

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

Thought provoking.

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

The English Patient, closely followed by Pride & Prejudice!

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

My favourite song is Who Wants to Live Forever by Queen, but classical music is my passion, Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart are my musical heroes.

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

The Mission Song by John le Carre.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

The Virtuoso is a coalescence of my imagination, experience and knowledge. After I emerged from a period of intense emotional and physical suffering I felt compelled to write: part catharsis, part passion.

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

Tough choice! I’m not sure I could choose between William Shakespeare, Ludwig van Beethoven or Winston Churchill.

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

Playing my violin, listening to classical music, art, history, pyschology, philosophy and culture, going to the movies, museums, galleries and theatre, dancing zumba, hiking wih my family, health and wellness, travel and adventure. I write about my wide ranging and eclectic interests on my blog: rhapsodyinwords.com

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

I wanted to see/hear a professional third party performance, and reach a wider audience.

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

Believe in yourself, tell your story in your unique voice, it will touch lives that only you can reach. Don’t judge the quality, just get the first draft down without self-editing, as creative writing and editing use different hemispheres of the brain. Set aside a particular place and time to write regularly and get a professional editor on board for later drafts. A great course if you are either a planner or a pantser is Story Engines, by authors Nick Stephenson and Joe Nassise.
https://webmarketsupport.com/nick-stephenson-story-engines/

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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 Readindg of SKYMERGE by Deepak Menon

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Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your novel about?

Answer 1:- Skymerge is about the emergent need for mankind to step out of this planet which is dying because of Global Warming. A million year old artifact is found in an excavation site in a desert area of Africa. Since it predates mankind’s appearance on Earth, there is no doubt that the Artefact is of extraterrestrial origin. The dig is closed and Professor Hoslop and his young lady Assistant Professor Saki, carry the artefacts to Washington USA after sending a telegram to an eminent Professor friend of Hoslops to arrange a meeting with the President of the USA. However even walls have eyes and ears. They are met at the airport by a group of imposters posing as the Presidents Special Body guard to escort Hoslop to the White House. Some instinct makes Saki distrust the bodyguard, and they use a subterfuge by leaving Hoslop’s Briefcase with the artefacts purportedly inside with the bodyguards on the pretext of going to the toilet. The body guards leave with the briefcase while the artefacts are actually in Saki’s handbag. Saki and Hoslop leave the airport in a cab shortly followed by the bodyguards. Thereafter John Kriel, the cab driver who is actually a millionaire author researching the life of a taxi driver who he has as a character in his next action novel, helps them to evade their pursuers, lets them stay at his little flat, discloses his alien origins, and hair raising episode after episode follow. The artefacts are opened out layer by layer and many, many years later, they manage to build a teleportation device which takes John Kriel to a planet Rukan with an ancient civilisation of sentient beings. Without saying more, Skymerge is a thriller with many great protagonists based on plausible physics and biology at every stage. I am convinced that Mankind has the ability to travel to the stars within a person’s lifetime without violating constraints like Einstein’s Velocity of Light. Skymerge is about civilizations, polity, wars, communication, entanglement – an Epic in every way. Read it to enjoy the story and be guided by it because within this century, mankind will be forced out of Earth to avoid Extinction. Skysplitter and Spacevasion are the two other Sci Fi Epics which follow Skymerge, and all have earned Readers Favorite 5 Star Reviews.

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

Answer 2 :- Visionary Science Fiction, Interstellar Adventure, Thriller, Young Adult, Alien Contact

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

Answer 3 :- I would describe this story as Eminently Readable

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

Answer 4 :- I think I have seen “Gone With The Wind” and “Dr. Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia” and the movie “Mughale Azam” the same innumerable number of times.

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

Answer 5 :- “Carnival” by the “Seekers”

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

Answer 6 :- “Tai-Pan” by James Clavell

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Answer 7:- Global Warming and Mankind’s need to escape extinction here on our dying Earth

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

Answer 8:- There are too many such people for me to name one. Since you ask, I suppose I would like to have dinner with “William Shakespeare”.

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

Answer 9:- I am a poet with 4 volumes of structured poetry published.

I am passionate about painting and have many of my paintings on online sites.

I love singing and I am also an avid viewer of all kinds of sports.

I travel extensively and delight in the wonders that Earth has provided for us.

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

Answer 10:- The Wildsound letter that informed me that my logline had been found to be among the best, instantly motivated me to make every effort to really inform the world about my books. If you examine the pricing, you will find that they are all published as scratch pricing with minimal profit for the author. I intend to delight the world across genres, and by Gad, that is what I will do. I am a multi genre author writing across genres.

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

Answer 11. The only advise I can give to any writer is not to hesitate to pour your heart out because great stories only live in the heart. And after finishing your book, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit word by word at least 5 times to remove errors and tie up stray threads. Never try to sell your books or your creativity will be disturbed – selling your books is someone else’s job. 

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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