July 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners

 

ACTORNovel Reading: S.A.M. by C.A. Jarest

ACTORNovel Reading: WOES OF HUMANITY by Bhekuzulu Khumalo

ACTORNovel Reading: THE SANGUINARIAN ID by L.M. Labat

ACTORNovel Reading: LEAVING PANAMAS PARADISE by Julie Bawden-Davis

ACTORNovel Reading: WHAT IF I GO by Polly White

ACTORShort Story Reading: THE WYCLIFFE SIX by James Stack

 

 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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Novel Reading: WOES OF HUMANITY by Bhekuzulu Khumalo

Performed by Val Cole

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading: German’s Cat, by David N. Hawkins

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your short story about?

The story is based loosely on a thought experiment, described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935 and it deals with the consequences of procrastination.

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

Science Fiction

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

Twisted fun

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

Mad Max

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

House of the Rising Sun

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

Dune

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Honestly, it was an impulse. I was thinking of the paradox and had a “What of?” moment.

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

Isaac Newton

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

Wood working especially turning bowls on a lathe.

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

My wife suggested it.

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

Good enough is a bad standard. Good enough is the sworn enemy of the best you can do.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

April 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners

ACTORCROWN AND STEEL Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Anna L. Walls
ACTORDESTINY FORTUNE FATE Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Scott Lorenz
ACTORMOST WANTED Novel Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Linda Palmer
ACTORMANDELBROT Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
ACTOR85 DREAMS Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Melissa Mendelson
ACTORYES I CAN Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Marie Bethel
ACTORBECOMING FEARLESS Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Maura O’Leary
ACTORMASSACHUSETTS TALE Short Story Reading
April 2018 Reading
by Lionel Walfish

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading of Crown and Steel, by Anna L. Walls

Performed by Val Cole

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

It’s about a young prince who had no worldly experience, because his father was a paranoid recluse. Since you can’t rule a kingdom exclusively from behind a desk, things fell apart. Now he has to put it all back together.

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

This is mostly straight fiction with a slight religious tone. I call it Sword and Sorcery, but it’s more paranormal abilities than magic.

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

Good v Bad

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

Ooh that would be a coin toss between Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Avatar.

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

I don’t listen to a lot of music, but my favorites are Simon and Garfunkel and Loreena McKennitt.

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

That would be The Lord of the Rings.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I just wanted to write something and this young prince came to mind. He of course would attain the crown, but it couldn’t be that easy. Hence the rest of the story.

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

I think I might enjoy talking with Leonard Nimoy. I’d also like to discuss LTR with J. R. R. Tolkien.

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

Family of course comes next, but I also love gardening.

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

I saw the add over on Crowdfire and thought I’d give it a try. It never hurts to try. If you don’t at least try, the result is always a fail.

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

Always try. Always try to be better. Always be willing to learn. And always write what you love. They say write what you know, which is good advice, but if you love what you write, for sure someone else will love it too.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading: DESTINY FORTUNE FATE, by Scott Lorenz

 

Performed by Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

  1. What is your novel about?

 

Destiny Fortune and Fate a Triad Romance Thriller

 

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

 

Romance Thriller

 

 

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

 

 

Sensation of Suspense

 

 

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

 

Gandhi

 

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

 

Whitney Houston – I will always love you – When you Believe 

 

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

 

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

 

  1. What motivated you to write this story?

 

After living in Mexico for a while and seeing the different traditions

 

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

 

Dalai Lama

 

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

 

Family, Travel, Food and Drink

 

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

 

Scott Lorenz

 

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

 

Never give up on Leaving a Legacy for your Family and Friends

 

 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading: MOST WANTED, by Linda Palmer

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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?

independent heroine

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

Divergent

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.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox