Interview with Novelists Omar Farhad (Honor and Polygamy)

Omar Farhad was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He immigrated to the United States in 1987 and currently lives in California. He holds an associate’s degree in aviation and a Bachelor of Science in Global Economics, both from US universities.

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honor_and_polygamyInterview with Omar Farhad:

Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?

Omar Farhad: First off, I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to speak with you. My novel is political in nature. My intent was to point out the failures of the United States government and its policies regarding Afghanistan. In some ways, I feel the novel, that I wrote four years ago, has predicted what is currently happening.

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

OF: So they can be entertained while also being informed about Afghanistan and the complex nature of its geographic location, politics, and neighbors the country is dealing with and learn about a culture that the west is completely unaware of.

MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?

OF: Realistic. Unpredictable.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

OF: Groundhog Day. My current job is very similar to the movie’s story line.

MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?

OF: I have always wanted to write for as long as I can remember. I am able to write, however, when I was younger I lacked the discipline required to sit down and write. As I matured in age, I gained the patience and discipline.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?

OF: Caravans, a novel by James A. Michener. No, I do not read books twice.

MT: What motivates you to write?

OF: For one, it is a great way for me to decompress and escape my life for a bit. I am a deep thinker. Through my daily encounters of seeing something, hearing a piece of music or feeling strongly about an idea, I am drawn to write about it.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

OF: Robert De Niro. In my opinion, he is the most renowned actor that fits in any role.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

OF: I am passionate about humanity. I speak five languages. To me each language represents a culture. Without a deep understanding of other languages and cultures, many similarities about human beings are lost or misunderstood by many. Wish for more people to take the time to learn more languages and understand other cultures, it would help to erase racism, inequality, and mistreatment of people around the world.

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

OF: As a writer, I still feel an immature and think I still have a lot to learn. For those who are thinking of writing, I say, do not wait, let yourself go and say what you feel is important in your mind. Write something meaningful, something of substance that will leave people with a lasting memory of what you have said.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Melissa R. Mendelson – March 2016 1st Chapter Novel Winner

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Watch LIZARDIAN Transcript Reading. Performed by Amaka Umah: 

Watch Transcript Reading of Chapter 1: In the Wake of War (The Ballard Chronicles Book 1) by Stephen L Nowland

Performed by Amaka Umeh

Watch Transcript Reading of IN THE WAKE OF WAR:

BUT Stephen’s BOOKS Online:
http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-L.-Nowland/e/B005GRRPP0

Get to know writer Stephen L Nowland:

1. What is your novel about?

In broad strokes, this book is a fantasy adventure about a young girl’s journey from a wartime survivor to a person of courage, willing to stand up for what she believes in.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

In addition to being an engrossing adventure, the story touches on topics of gender roles in society, the heroes that influence us in our daily decisions and the things we’ll go through to protect those near and dear to us.

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

“Riveting Adventure”

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

Back to the Future – roughly 25 times! I’ve dissected it and rate it as one of the best movies every put together, in terms of structure, flow and just plain fun! Yes, I want a Delorean some day.

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

I’ve laid out the preliminary work over the course of a few years, as I was developing the fantasy world in which the story exists. The actual writing, from start to finish took me around 10 months, but I had also been distracted by other work during the year.

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

I can’t go past ‘Magician’ from R.E. Feist, which blew my mind back in the day!

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I wanted to create a character who might inspire younger readers, particularly girls, to believe in themselves, to be more courageous in life, and to solve problems without resorting to violence or other methods where possible. I have, hopefully, achieved this with Aislin Ballard, the protagonist of this book.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Turner, who’s work I saw at a gallery when I was young and who inspired me to try my hand at landscape paintings of my own.

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

I’m quite passionate about art, particularly the thoughts and emotions which can be evoked with it. Writing and art are similar in that regard, though art seems to seep into one’s consciousness almost of its own volition, while writing needs to be digested, as such. I’m also a game designer, as I find the mechanics of how they work seems to come unbidden to my mind which I guess counts as passion!

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I received a tweet from the novel festival and after seeing the results of other readings, I thought ‘they’re on to something here’! I was also looking at different ways to ‘get my book out there’, and having the 1st chapter read was a brilliant idea. I really should get the whole thing done, for audiobook purposes!

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

The noise of modern life can shout-out your inner voice, the muse from whence comes all your creativity. I find it helpful to seek a quieter life, to allow that voice to come through clearer. I also advise making each and every sentence count towards character or action – edit out anything that doesn’t add to either, as it’s just filler text. Keep it concise and on-message.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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INTO AUTUMN – Chapter 8 Transcript READING by Larry Landgraf

Watch the February 2016 Winning Novel

Watch INTO AUTUMN Transcript Reading:

Performed by Kaleb Alexander

Get to know writer Larry Landgraf:

1. What is your novel about?

A chilling account of how Lars Lindgren and Eileen Branson must change in order to survive when all of humanity is forced into desperate survival mode after the grid shuts down and the economy crumbles. Strong believable characters, in gravely realistic scenarios sure to make some squeamish. This novel is rated R for sex and violence.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Most people refuse to believe that a catastrophic failure of society as we know it could happen. And if it should happen, most are not certain what that might mean to them. Into Autumn is a realistic scenario of what might, could, happen at a moments notice in the very near future. People need to be aware of and think about what this might mean to them should their world collapse. Into Autumn will make you think.

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

Thought provoking!

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

Independence Day

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

Eight months to write, edit and publish. Four and a half months marketing at this point.

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

Tom Sawyer

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I woke up one morning with a story in my head. I started typing and before I knew it, I had written 300 pages. Editing added another 100 pages.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Carrie Underwood

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

My orchard, my garden, travel and living a secluded life in my swamp.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

Marketing! Failure the first time around. I know I’ve written a good story. I think many others will agree, and I want to get my story “out there”.

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

Write with your heart, then edit, edit, edit…… Be patient, yet persistent. Not everyone will like what you write due to personal preference, and that is okay. Don’t be discouraged. All first drafts are crap…edit, edit, edit. Yes, I said that twice. It’s that important! And still, it will never be perfect, and that is okay too.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

 

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Novel Logline of the Day: THE RABBIT CULTURES, by Antonio Capaldo

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LOGLINE PITCH:

ACTORTitle: The Rabbit Cultures

Written by: Antonio Capaldo

Type: Novel

Genre: Biography, Family

Logline: Direct and vivid in its telling of the details of the adoption of a 7-year old boy from Romania after the collapse of Communism, the novel manages ultimately to deliver much more.

Seven billion humans .. with an increase of 80 million years …. with only 25,000 lions left ! I think we’re crazy …!

Conceive with love and do not procreate beastly. Nowadays it should be something taken for granted, but it is not.

How pathetic! If birth control policies are not carried out in the short term our children and grandchildren will not have any space left and the struggle for food resources and energy sources will be terrible and without truce.

We claim to have the right to maintain a sustainable balance for our species replacing nature. I believe it is inevitable at this point to intervene at conceiving stage with a responsible birth plan and birth control policy. Whether you like it or not this is the situation.

I am not a professional writer, and mine is more a humanitarian mission; so, If you have the adventure to stumble upon this book and buy it, you can be sure that every cent will be used for the survival of the protagonist, my adoptive son ,when I’m gone.

This is a true story, and I’m sure that if any great director, like Woody Allen, read my book, certainly he will make a film!

http://www.therabbitculture.com/

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January 2016 Novel Winners

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Watch the January 2016 Winning Novel Performance Readings. All novels read by professional actors:

ACTORNovel Transcript – THE FIRST ONES
January 2016 Reading
Written by Regina Walker

ACTORNovel Prologue – CHEERAGE FEARAGE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Kimberly Dana

ACTORChapter 7 Reading – THE FURLITES OF ARORIEL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Marie J.S. Phillips

ACTORChapter 2 Reading – LARGE IS THE SMALLEST WE GOT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jed Hamilton

Watch Full Novel Made into a Movie: ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO

Watch ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO. Full Novel by Albert Russo:

Full in 8 Parts: Watch them all here

Novel Written by Albert Russo

ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO
published by l’Aleph, Wisehouse Publishing

http://l-aleph.com/wordpress/?p=610

http://www.amazon.com/dp/9187751321/r…

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by David Kinsman

Visual Design by Vira Solovyova