May 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the May 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: LIGHT OF HOPE
May 2017 Reading
by S.T. Collins

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: ELLA: A STEPMUMS TALE
May 2017 Reading
by J.L. Higgs

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: DIGBY’S DIARY
May 2017 Reading
by E.D. Bird

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: OUTBREAK MUTINY
May 2017 Reading
by Jay Sandlin

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: NO ACCOUNTABILITY
May 2017 Reading
by Keith Lawton

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: BE SILENT
May 2017 Reading
by Danie Botha

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: THE SCENT OF MY SON: IN GOD WE TRUST
May 2017 Reading
by Adrienne Miranda

ACTORMAY 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Becky Shrimpton & Val Cole

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story – The Ferry Man by Jax Logan

Performed by Amaka Umeh

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A serial killer.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

horror

How would you describe this story in two words?

Grim Reaper

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Lord of the Rings

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

Sting / So lonely

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I like a lot of the Ken Follett books

What motivated you to write this story?

I was working on a film script with the same theme and thought it would make a great one pager.

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

Taylor Swift (yes, I am shallow) and there would have to be desert.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My kids (most of the time)

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I saw a promotional email from FilmFreeway

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

Before you jump in to something, understand what you’re jumping in to.

February 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the February 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – MEI MENG: THE LOST PANDA
February 2017 Reading
Written by Andrew Fisk

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – SIMULATION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Ami Blackwelder

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – VERONICA’S PAPERS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Anthony Colin Wright

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – FORTUNATE SON
February 2017 Reading
Written by Daniel T. Pawlowski

ACTORSHORT STORY – POST MORTEM REBELLION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Lemon

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE POET
February 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

ACTORSHORT STORY – SEEDY HOTEL SEX
February 2017 Reading
Written by R. James Turley

ACTORSHORT STORY – ON THE HILL
February 2017 Reading
Written by Kenya Abney

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Prologue Reading: VERONICA’S PAPERS by ANTHONY COLIN WRIGHT

Performed by Val Cole.

February 2017 Winning Novel Reading.

Get to know the writer:

 What is your novel about?

A group of almost-strangers is brought together for a week-long cruise, as an experiment orchestrated by Gerald Clayton and his mistress Veronica. A trained hypnotherapist, Veronica hypnotises former friends and lovers of Gerald into not recognising him as they board a cruise ship with him and must try and find out the connection between them. Religious belief is also a theme of the book

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Literary Fiction, Mystery.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Intriguing writing.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Shakespeare in Love.

How long have you been working on this story?

Twenty years, but with other writing at the same time.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

What motivated you to write this story?

My own experience of hypnosis.

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

Meryl Streep.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Languages (I speak a number), Theatre, Birds, Basic Astronomy and Understanding of the Universe, Belief (non-traditional) in God.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

A wish for it to be better known.

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

Never give up.

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

SIMULATION (Ch. ILIAD) – Novel Transcript by Ami Blackwelder

IMPerformed by Val Cole

FACEBOOK

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

It is about a future where a quantum computer controls the cities. One girl, Masha, decides to resist the computer’s control.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

YA SyFy Dystopian

How would you describe this story in two words?

Thought-Provoking

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gosh, Pride and Prejudice

How long have you been working on this story?

For a few months

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I love a few. Divergent, Hunger Games, Star Wars

What motivated you to write this story?

Our future

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

Einstein

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Science, Nature, Animals, Reading, Teaching, Traveling

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I would love a professional reading of the first pages to get readers interested

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

Do what you love.

*****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Novel Transcript of THE FOOTSTOOL INCIDENT by Stephen Karnaghan

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

My novel “The Footstool Incident” traces a character’s discovery of identity. He changes from a person devoid of any hope to a poet. His poems arrive as mystical visions and finally he acts upon them.

Why should this novel be read by people?

Follow the development of a character without ambition to a mystical artist.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Mystical Journey.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Naqoyqatsi’ (Life as war) by Steven Soderbergh.

How long have you been working on this story?

Eighteen Months

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Flanders Road” by Claude Simon

What motivated you to write this story?

I was motivated to write this novel because the idea was so strong in my mind. The discovery of identity can lead to interesting developments. What would happen to a character if they had a mystical vision? What would this do to the character’s life quest?

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Phillip Glass.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing I am passionate about composing electronic music.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

As a writer I want my work to be before a reader or viewer, the Novel Festival is the best way of achieving this.

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

When you think that you have finished, edit again.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Chapter 1 Novel Reading of DEADLY SERIOUS by A J Thibault

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Deadly Serious is a dark comedy thriller set in Los Angeles about a stand-up comic whose search for the truth leads to his downfall. When Jonny Goodis exceeds the limits of free speech, he draws fire from his audience, his enemies and his peers. Hunted and tormented, he must deliver the performance of his life if he ever hopes to survive.

Why should this novel be read by people?

It is a look inside the mind of a tormented aspiring comic who has trouble differentiating between going over-the-top and discovering that the terror inside of him, although comedic, can be very very real. I wanted to play with the complex interplay between action and psychological thriller, much as happens in a Thomas Pynchon novel.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Comedy thriller

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca

How long have you been working on this story?

It was about 1.5 years for the first draft.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I liked Robert Ludlum a lot and the Bourne Identity.

What motivated you to write this story?

I lived in Los Angeles at the time and attended many different and famous comedy clubs. I saw many comedians who had a very dark side to them and a few would explore it through politics and personal attack and this prompted me to think about what would happen if they were misunderstood and went over-the-top. The death of John Belushi and others prompted me to think about why comedians are so self-destructive.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Henri Rousseau.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, kids, politics and future exponential technologies.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

I am excited to have the opportunity top get the word out and I’ve never entered a festival before.

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

Writing is like thinking. If you believe in your thoughts, keep on writing.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson