Novel Transcript Reading: Ode to the Darkest Days, by M. Ryan Hollows

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

A young man named Astinos, his wife stolen and a prophecy on his shoulders, must find his strength in order to fight through not only a host of invaders that hail from darkness, but also the demons that are his doubts. He struggles to make sense of it, the inklings of truth that hide beneath the veneer of this battle of Light vs Darkness.

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

Adventure, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Survival

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

Deep Complexity

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

Rush Hour (I used watch it with my dad a lot)

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

People Live Here By Rise Against

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

No; I’m usually disappointed with the Fantasy books I read (Bad luck maybe…).

7. What motivated you to write this story?

When I was 7 I started imagining a lot, and came up with what is now the story I’m writing. It’s changed a lot, obviously, but that’s just because it has never stopped growing since then. Now it’s grown into a series I’m planning. I don’t think I could ever write another series I’d love more, and so this first book is very special. But as for what actually got me to start typing it up, the short version is that I got a crush on this famous girl, and I was hoping writing it would get me a shot at her, but eventually, like my story, my motivation to keep improving grew. Now I’d say my motivation is wanting to do something positive with writing, both through inspiring people with it, and hopefully helping people through the money I make, if in fact I make any money from this book, and the others that follow it.

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

James Joyce. I think two writers with an overwhelming ‘God Complex” would have some interesting, albeit heated, conversations.

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

I like thinking about what I’d do if my writing took off. I’d like to help new writers, teach them to be freer with their idea of how to write a novel. And as I stated earlier, I would also like to help people.

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

I wanted exposure. I need all I can get, as I’m terrible at advertising myself. So when I saw this, I figured I’d give it a shot.

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

When you write, don’t think of what you are supposed to do, but rather, let your writing flow out in a way that best suits the story you are trying to tell. And also, try not to emulate other authors too much; if there are any authors you particular like, just try to write with the same type of spirit that they do, think of how they approach it, and use that as the foundation to begin your own. Lastly, don’t be afraid to try putting in something that seems strange or out of place in your genre, or novels in general; I think books, and life in general, would be more interesting if more people did ‘strange things,’ as there would be so much more variety to enjoy.

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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

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Novel Transcript Reading: Ghetto Bastard, by Russell Vann

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

http://ghettobastard.com/

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your novel about?

Ghetto Bastard is a story of survival. Malik was born into these circumstances–with no father to teach him how to be a man, and to a mother who didn’t want him. Malik must navigate his way to adulthood with only the streets as his guide–through the seventies heroin infestation, the eighties crack rage, and the nineties Clinton mass incarceration era, and AIDS epidemic.

Once he becomes a man, his vision broadens, but will it be enough to abandon the very ghetto that created him?

Ghetto Bastard is the intimate journey of an innocent child in search of love and self-worth. He just wants what we all want. And Malik Russell wasn’t born with any ‘quit’, so he’s got that going for him, but neither was his opponent: the ghetto.

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

Memoir and Biography.

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

Hard, truthful.

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

Across 110th Street.

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

The Greatest Love of All by George Benson.

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

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

My life and great grandmother has been the inspiration for my work.

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

My great grandfather because he passed away without me knowing him.

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

Protecting and advocating for societies devalued people.

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

I was influenced to enter to get my story performed because the written word that becomes the spoken word is a treasure to the blind. I wanted my work to be enjoyed by all people who wish to enjoy it.

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

Don’t be afraid because fear will prevent you from maximizing your full potential.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

February 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners

ACTOR NOVEL TRANSCRIPT Reading – SOMEONE GETS HURT
February 2018 Reading
by Sherrie Lueder
ACTOR NOVEL TRANSCRIPT Reading – TWO HEADED SNAKE OF KEY WEST
February 2018 Reading
by Marilyn Dalla Valle
ACTOR NOVEL TRANSCRIPT Reading – LOST UNIVERSE
February 2018 Reading
by Keith Brandon
ACTOR SHORT STORY Reading – TERROR AT THE STERLING
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by Jeff Dawson
ACTOR SHORT STORY Reading – THE WAY OF CATS
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by Garon Whited
ACTOR SHORT STORY Reading – MURIEL AND THE GOOD EATS
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by Lionel Walfish

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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: Until Someone Get’s Hurt, by Sherrie Lueder

http://www.sherrielueder.com/

Featured in an episode of “Forbidden” on the ID Discovery channel. Kaushal Niroula arrives in San Francisco portraying himself as a Prince. Although penniless, he loses no time in gaining access into inner circles. He concocts stories of his royal family in Nepal and how his fortune—is temporarily inaccessible. He craves the American dream and will stop at nothing to get it. He rallies together an unlikely crew and they carry out one scam after the other. Their insatiable greed leads to the unthinkable… cold… calculated…bloody…murder. The “Dark Prince” still wanting more continues the charade…unaware the authorities are closing in.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript: TWO HEADED SNAKE OF KEY WEST, by Marilyn Dalla Valle

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

*****Liz and Garret Adams leave their homeport of Mystic Connecticut and sail their 36 foot sailboat to Key West, Florida. Trying to help a friend, they become tangled in a web comprised of runaway wife, underworld trackers, predator and priest, which leads to murder. Liz and Garret sift through greed, power and jealousy to find the killer.

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

*****Mystery

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

*****Emotional Twists

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

*****I am a James Bond fan. I do not have a favorite film.

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

*****Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah

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

*****No. I like mysteries, adventure and inspirational books. Some of my favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sue Grafton, Mark Twain, Clive Cussler and Sonia Choquette

7. What motivated you to write this story?

*****This is the third in a four book series. It was a natural progression from Murder in Mystic and Murder in Newport.

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

*****Mark Twain

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

*****Dancing. It makes my heart sing.

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

*****It is exciting to have one’s words come to life. I was thrilled the first time I heard Murder in Mystic on an audio book.

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

*****Write from the heart and do it daily. For me, the words and ideas demand to be written down.
 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript: LOST UNIVERSE, by Keith Brandon

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Novel performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Is about the future where we meet the aliens for the first time for real and it turns out they need our help.

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

Sci-Fi

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

New Sci-Fi

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

Star Wars

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

Possibly Nessun Dorma performed by Pavarotti and Bocelli

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

Asimov’s foundation and Terry Goodkind’s Sword of the Truth.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

My own imagination

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

Hard to answer, I would go with Pavarotti

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

Driving small boats when I get the chance, learning to fly and watching a lot of Political and legal drama.

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

To have the chance to share my story or part of it even if it does not win right now.

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

Keep on writing and creating new stories.

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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

January 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners

ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT
January 2018 Reading
by Kim Montgomery
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – TO DANCE WITH UGLY PEOPLE
January 2018 Reading
by Lorene Stunson Hill
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – THE KA
January 2018 Reading
by Mary Deal
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CULL BLOODLINE
January 2018 Reading
by Eric J. Gates
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – MINUTE OF DARKNESS
January 2018 Reading
by JD Daniels
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CACHE A PREDATOR
January 2018 Reading
by Michelle Weidenbenner
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – AUNT SOOKIE ME
January 2018 Reading
by Michael Scott Garvin
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – STORIES NOT FOR CHILDREN
January 2018 Reading
by Georgi Ivanov
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – SHARLEYS LESSONS
January 2018 Reading
by RK Vetter
ACTOR SHORT STORY Reading – UNREQUITED LOVE
January 2018 Reading
by Heidi Rhonehouse
ACTOR SHORT STORY Reading – EVERYTHING
January 2018 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – THE MOON HATERS
January 2018 Reading
by Simon Ciappara

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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