Novel Reading of TO DANCE WITH UGLY PEOPLE by Lorene Stunson Hill

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

.Dani Marie Dobson, a High School student, suffers from low self esteem and feelings of inadequacy that makes her life grim, especially when it comes to love. Then she runs into Dane Ransom, a High School graduate, with a full-time job and an ambiguous past. Immediately Dani’s understanding of the world turns upside down, and she finds herself thrust into a dangerous and frightening world of gripping truth. Faced with her life imploding, “To Dance with Ugly People,” follows Dani through a gauntlet of trouble and turmoil, the birth of her adorable son, DeAndre, divorce and a new love full of passion and feelings. But, the explosive reality of life leads up to a final stirring climactic realization that may lead to her own unraveling.

The good is sensitively written, the bad is portrayed as the reality of life and the ugly are the things in life we hope will never happen to us.

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

African American Women’s Fiction

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

Provokingly Truthful

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

The Color Purple

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

Greatest Love of All

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

To Kill a Mockingbird

7. What motivated you to write this story?

The thing that motivates me to write is the need to observe and comment on the damage humans can inflict on one another. I have to honor it. There is something to be learned from every experience. Understanding the journey of others could help them release themselves and possibly do better if needed. Speak to someone. Speak to their intentions. We don’t know it all; we all can learn. Everyone has a story and there is something to be learned from every experience.

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

Maya Angelou

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

Sewing, Cooking and Building Doll Houses.

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

I want the reader to feel every emotion my character’s does no matter how shocking because if you give your audience something powerful; they will cheer.

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

A great writer is one who is not scared of what people think of them and their wrting. They are the ones who can take a bad situation they know about or have experienced and turn it into a great story. You should not be scared of what your pen bleeds onto the paper, just let your heart and soultalk to your readers.

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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 Reading of CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT, by Kim Montgomery

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

Kim Montgomery – Author of ‘Curly and Tubs and the Galloping Rot’
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000330641
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Curly-Tubs-Galloping-Rot-Montgomery/dp/1410785017/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306431018&sr=1-1&tag=freado0c-20

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8423

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?
Two young brothers own a set of encyclopaedias. The two boys are transported into volume 5, Nature, to do battle with a rot that is rapidly threatening to destroy the entire land.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?
Children’s fiction, fantasy

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

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Voluntarily, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Statistically, Finding Nemo. It was my daveson’s favourite for a long time. Explanation of daveson: He is my step grandson. He has two biological grandfathers, so I had to find something else for him to call me. After a lifetime of the trauma of being a male called Kim, I chose Dave.

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

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Lord of the Rings

7. What motivated you to write this story?
Childhood memories from growing up in Southern England during the 1950s and 60s.

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

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Cooking, gardening, walking, geocaching.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
To help gain exposure, and because I believe it has potential to be converted into a screenplay.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Be prepared for the hard bit after you’ve written your story. Marketing and promotion are ten times more difficult than writing.

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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

2017 Novel Winning Readings (57 Total)

 

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

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

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – THE ASSIGNMENT
March 2017 Reading
Written by George Ivanov Nenchev

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DEADLY SERIOUS
January 2017 Reading
Written by A.J. Thibault

ACTORNOVEL Reading – THE FOOTSTOOL INCIDENT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DAWN OF CHRYSALIS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Sam B. Miller II

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

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – RYAN GORDON
March 2017 Reading
Written by Art Blum

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – BRIAR EARTH
March 2017 Reading
Written by Paul Tapp

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – ORIGINS OF EVE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Kimberly Davis

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – THE RABBIT CULTURE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Tito Capaldo

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

ACTORSHORT Story – BEFORE AND AFTER
June 2017 Reading
by S. Pfeiffer

ACTORSHORT Story – ALWAYS WATCHING
June 2017 Reading
by Kordale Gibson

ACTORSHORT Story – THERE ARE NO LIGHTS IN NAPLES
June 2017 Reading
by Dennis L. Havlin
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A POOR MAN’S TRUCE
June 2017 Reading
by H.E. Scott

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – DREAMDALES DARK HEARTS
July 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Roberts

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – ZAPINETTE GOES TO THE NORTH POLE
August 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BRIAR EARTH
September 2017 Reading
by Paul Tapp

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – COURAGE THE MOUSE
September 2017 Reading
by Cornelia Fick

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BODIE
September 2017 Reading
by Anne Sweazy Kulja

ACTORNOVEL Reading – KILER CONVERSATIONS
October 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Parker McKean

ACTORNOVEL Reading – PRIESTESS OF THE FOREST: A DRUID JOURNEY
October 2017 Reading
by Ellen Evert Hopman
ACTORNOVEL Reading – IS IT OVER YET
October 2017 Reading
by Naila Amin

ACTORNOVEL Reading – FORBIDDED
October 2017 Reading
by F. Stone
ACTORNOVEL Reading – SNAYGILL: SLITHERY TEMPTATIONS
October 2017 Reading
by Michelle B. Assor

ACTORNOVEL Reading – THE FULL MOOD: A PRIESTESS TALE
October 2017 Reading
by Pen Augustin
ACTORNovel Transcript Reading – THE ADVENTURES OF TEK DANGER & LARRY APPLEBAUM
November 2017 Reading
by Rich Hynes
ACTORTHE CROSSING Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Katrina Antoinette
ACTORTIMETRIPPERS Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Hamish Robertson
ACTORLUCIFER GENOME Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Glen Craney & John Jeter
ACTORARIA LEFT LUGGAGE Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Geoff Nelder
ACTORDAY AFTER DISASTER Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Sara F. Hathaway
ACTORDEATH OF A DIVA Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Brigitte Goldstein
ACTOREANIE MEANIE MINIE NO Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Sandra S. Kerns
ACTORSUPERHIGHWAY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by James Oldman
ACTORJUST SHUT UP AND DRIVE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Chynna Laird
ACTORTHE SAFE WORD Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Karen Long
ACTORSWEET DREAMS: SEARCHING FOR ROY BUCHANAN Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by
ACTORLEMMONS JOURNEY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Philip Oyok
ACTORTHREE BLACK BOYS Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Zangba Thomson
ACTORGHOST IN THE PORCELAIN Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTORRIPPLE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Tui Allen
ACTORGETAWAY DAY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Ken White
ACTORJUST ANOTHER DESERT SUNSET Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Nikki Broadwell
ACTORSKYMERGE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Deepak Menon
ACTORTHE VIRTUOSO Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Virginia Bures
ACTORAN UNCOMMON FAMILY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Christa Polkinhorn

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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

December 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

 

ACTORSOMETHING MISSING Short Story Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
ACTORAN UNCOMMON FAMILY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Christa Polkinhorn
ACTOREANIE MEANIE MINIE NO Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Sandra S. Kerns
ACTORSUPERHIGHWAY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by James Oldman
ACTORJUST SHUT UP AND DRIVE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Chynna Laird
ACTORTHE SAFE WORD Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Karen Long
ACTORSWEET DREAMS: SEARCHING FOR ROY BUCHANAN Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by
ACTORLEMMONS JOURNEY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Philip Oyok
ACTORTHREE BLACK BOYS Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Zangba Thomson
ACTORGHOST IN THE PORCELAIN Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTORRIPPLE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Tui Allen
ACTORGETAWAY DAY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Ken White
ACTORJUST ANOTHER DESERT SUNSET Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Nikki Broadwell
ACTORSKYMERGE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Deepak Menon
ACTORTHE VIRTUOSO Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Virginia Bures

 

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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 AN UNCOMMON FAMILY, by Christa Polkinhorn

http://www.christa-polkinhorn.com

A chance meeting between a middle-aged woman, a widower, and a semi-orphaned child in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, brings together three people who grapple with a past of loss and betrayal. Six-year-old Karla, whose mother died in a car crash, has a hard time accepting the loss. Anna, her aunt and guardian, struggles with her former husband’s deception and her shattered confidence in men, and Jonas, artist and teacher, mourns the death of his wife.

While trying to help Karla, a talented but troubled child, Anna and Jonas develop feelings for each other that go beyond friendship. The budding romance, however, hits a snag when Anna discovers a sinister secret in Jonas’s past. While the two adults have come to an impasse, young Karla takes matters into her own hands. Together with a friend, she develops a plan to bring the two uncooperative adults back together. The plan, however, creates havoc and as it begins to unravel, Karla is forced to learn some difficult lessons.

An Uncommon Family is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait, Book One): Three people with a troubled past meet in Zurich, Switzerland. Six-year-old Karla longs for her dead mother. Anna struggles with her former husband’s deception, and Jonas mourns the death of his wife. While caring for little Karla, Anna and Jonas fall in love but sinister events in their past threaten their budding romance.

AN UNCOMMON FAMILY is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

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

Family Drama with a touch of romance

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

Poignant and hopeful

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

Midnight in Paris

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

All songs by Leonard Cohen

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

Too many to list: Novels by Louise Penny, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Ann Patchett, Joanne Harris, Virginia Woolf etc. etc. etc.

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

Leonard Cohen

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

Reading, traveling, walking, a good meal and a glass of red wine

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

Curiosity

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

Just write, don’t worry too much about the product, instead enjoy the process.

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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 EANIE MEANIE MINIE NO, by Sandra S. Kerns

Type: NOVEL

Genre: Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Crime

Logline: Eenie, Meanie, Minie, No! is a romantic suspense in which a terrified but determined high school teacher is pitted against a killer intent on eliminating the members of her clique in high school and framing her for their deaths.

www.sandrakerns.com

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about? Eanie, Meanie, Minie, No! is about a woman overcoming past fears to save a friend and reclaim love.

2. What genres would you say this story is in? Romance, suspense, and thriller. There is a reunion with an old boyfriend, someone stalking the heroine, and a psychological bent to the antagonist.

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

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life? I’d have to say all of the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies because my husband is a huge fan and we watch them every Christmas break. However, I’m a huge fan of The Holiday, all the Jason Borne movies, and Dirty Dancing. In other words, my tastes are all over the board.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) Believe it or not, Amazing Grace. My faith is important to me and this song says it all, the good, the bad, and the forgiven.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel? I don’t really have an all-time favorite. It’s usually whatever I’m reading or writing at the time.

7. What motivated you to write this story? That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? To be honest, I seem to remember being with a group of writers discussing what motivated each other to write and nursery rhymes popped into my head. As I drove home, the image of children using this rhyme to pick sides came to me and the negative aspects of what it could mean. After that, my insane imagination went crazy.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be? My great grandmother. I loved listening to her tell stories about her life.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? Sewing, knitting, crochet. I love creating things.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed? I wanted to hear it through someone else’s voice. Elizabeth Rose Morriss did an amazing job.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? While we all need constructive criticism to make our work the best it can be, DON’T let anyone’s comments stop you from writing. There are many wonderful readers out there who will give you the input you need to tweak something. Unfortunately, there are also many who live to put other people down. Those are the ones you smile, say thank you for the comment, and walk away. If the comment, despite being phrased in a mean spirit, has merit, work with it. If it doesn’t, let it go and move on. Whatever you do, write. The more you do, the better you will become.

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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 Superhighway, by James Oldman

 

Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural

Logline: For centuries his species had been the predator,now life had changed for them both when the little mole believed the promises of an owl.

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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