Novel Transcript Reading: SHARLEY’S LESSONS, by R.K. Vetter

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your novel about?

This is a heart-written, tweens-and-up fiction book for the ages, set in the innocence and freedoms of early 1960’s rural Iowa. It is a poignant, personal experience-based tale of love, friendship and loss; a delightful journey of both human and spiritual growth, which took me fifty-two years to write!

The main characters are Sharley, who died too young after battling leukemia, and Kate, who recounts Sharley stories from their childhood that helped broaden her perspective on life and encourage her to do things she otherwise would never have done. A grieving Kate struggles with her best friend’s illness and her ultimate death, coping in part by way of Sharley visiting her after her passing with the promise of an afterlife, as seen by a child. I invite you to enjoy this 52-year-old story!

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

Youth Fiction

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

Endearing. “Classic.”

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

Easy! A Christmas Story

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

“High Hopes” made most famous by Frank Sinatra.

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

My favorite children’s novel is My Daniel by Pam Conrad. I have definitely read it more than once.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

American children will never again experience the innocence and freedoms of Midwest farm life to be had in the 1950’s and 60’s. It was a hard-fought, yet simpler life; perhaps not so easily understood by today’s standards. It is my hope that I have provided a glimpse into that way of life, and that through my writing, I can allow readers to relive that treasured time.

According to the American Cancer Society, in the 1960s, the 5-year survival rate for children diagnosed with leukemia was less than 10%. The current survival rate has increased to more than 90%. I have lived long enough to witness that monumental improvement. I also witnessed the passing of my own father in 2009, who devastatingly became yet another statistic in the fight against leukemia.

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

I am passionate about recycling, honeybees and other pollinators, birds, anti-bullying, preserving local history, my new state, South Carolina, and my old states in the Midwest.

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

I usually have a “movie” in my head as I write scenes. So, naturally, I would like to see a performance of my writing!

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

Read. Write. Share. Learn. Grow. Repeat.

Seek instruction through the modeling of successful authors.

Read their products and learn through their craft.

Write with your own, true voice. Write from your heart.

Share in a writing group or with a mentor or editor.

Learn from the feedback.

Grow your skills as you implement that feedback.

Repeat the process in an ever upward spiral of writing progress, development and evolution.

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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 Transcript Reading: Aunt Sookie & Me, by Michael Scott Garvin

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Young Poppy Wainwright feels much like a deck of cards, shuffled around from a boozing mother to a beloved grandmother. Finally bussed to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her grandmother’s cantankerous sister, Sookie. Through the enlightened eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl, the hilarity and insanity ensues.

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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 Stories Not for Children, by Georgi Ivanov Nenchev

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Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1.. What is your novel about?
This novel is about several old and well known stories for children,like Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty,but with a little dark twist and completely new look.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?
Fantasy-action genre.

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

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

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
“The race” of Yello.

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

7. What motivated you to write this story?
I have always had a different point of view upon all things.And I have always been interested in new and interesting stories.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
Ahh… they are so many.But maybe with some great author and thinker.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Martial arts and anesthesiology.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
I have a great desire to reach as many readers as possible and get them involved into my stories.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Do not stop writing and reading!

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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: CACHE A PREDATOR, by Michelle Weidenbenner

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Cache a Predator is a thriller about a father who wants custody of his five year old daughter, but the judge grants his ex-wife, an addict, custody instead.

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

Thriller, mystery, suspense

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

Heart-wrenching

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

Home Alone – I used to watch it with my children when they were younger. Now I watch it with my grandchildren. It’s so fun.

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

I love and appreciate most music except heavy metal. I don’t have one song that I sing more than others. When I was little I learned how to play a large organ and then transitioned to the piano. I’m not very good, but I love playing classical music. My youngest daughter took Suzuki piano. I used to enjoy playing all those songs with her.

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

No, but I tend to lean toward middle grade and YA fiction. One of my favorite books was Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. However, I probably read just as much nonfiction, if not more. Recently I’ve been reading Chasing the Scream, by Johann Hari, because addiction is a universal problem, and I wanted to learn how I could help addicts. I also love to read leadership books, so I can better coach myself, my grandkids, and other writers.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Years ago, my brother was worried he was going to lose his son in a divorce custody battle. He felt frustrated, and I felt bad for him. It didn’t end up that way, but it made me think about how many times good dads get a bum deal. When I began plotting the novel in my head, I thought, who is the bad guy? Whom do most people loathe the most? Pedophiles, right? I wanted to bring awareness to addiction and show what geocaching is, too. People thought I made up the geocaching game, because they’d never heard of it before they read the book. This book is hidden in geocaching sites all over the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. My initial intention was for each book, one planted in each state, was for each book to travel to all 50 states, but geocachers have placed it in sites all over the world as they traveled. It’s amazing to watch how many thousands of miles some books have traveled.

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

We just saw The Greatest Showman. I’d love to have dinner with Hugh Jackman. I’d have a list of questions to ask him.

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

I’m a leadership coach, speaker and John Maxwell trainer. I love being a part of a positive team of people who want to serve others and light up the world. When I’m not writing or coaching, I’m playing pickleball. I’m crazy about the sport. To improve my game, I’ve started weight lifting. I feel stronger than I ever have, but so far it hasn’t improved my game. Darn.

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

People have told me that the book would make a good movie. I want to learn how to write screen plays. That’s on my bucket list. When I write, I visualize things happening on a stage, so I thought it would be interesting to hear a part of the story told by actors.

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

Find a tribe of successful writers who you want to emulate. Ask them to mentor you. Join their circle. You’ll learn so much faster. Study what works for them.

Before I was published, a young woman (Kelly) asked me to write her memoir because she wasn’t physically able. (She’s a quadriplegic.) I pitched her story to a literary agent who told me not to waste my time writing her book. He said it would never sell. At that time, I didn’t know how to self-publish. But his challenge prompted me to make friends with writers/authors online who were willing to help. I learned the industry, published five books that became best-sellers and award-winning, and then went back to Kelly and said, “Let’s write your book now. We don’t need anyone to help. I know how to do this.”

Her book sells better than any of my other books, and it’s optioned for a movie. (Fractured Not Broken) Don’t ever let someone tell you it can’t be done. Find a way to write the story God intended you to write, and surround yourself with others who will show you how.

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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: MINUTE OF DARKNESS, by JD Daniels

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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 CULL: Bloodline, by Eric J. Gates

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Performed by Laura Kyswaty

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

‘the CULL – Bloodline’ is the first book of a five-book series (all available) which presents a completely original take on vampire lore. No fangs or morphing into bats here; just adrenaline-pumping fury as two female Federal agents face the unimaginable!

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

Paranormal Thriller

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

Fast-paced page-turner.

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

‘Young Frankenstein’ – it never gets old.

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

Eric Clapton’s ‘Rolling Thunder’

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

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A long story. I jokingly remarked to my cousin, a few years back, that my next novel should be a vampire tale a everyone else was doing this. I was immediately asked if her young daughter could be in it. Hoisted by my own petard, at least I thought I’d make it fresh and original. Subsequent research showed that almost everything we think we know about vampires is wrong – even to the extent that ‘Dracula’ was based on Vlad Tepes, the Transilvanian prince. ‘the CULL’ series is firmly planted in the technological 21st Century but captures the horror of the original vampire novels.

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

The late British author, John Gardner, a master of thrillers.

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

Cinema, technology.

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

I’m always interested in exploring new avenues to showcase my work.

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

The key is Patience and Perserverance. Then more Patience and Perserverance. Good old hard work.

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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 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?

Suspense

Fantasy

Paranormal

History

Time-Travel

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 marydealfineart.com 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.

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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