September 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – OFF THE HOOK
September 2017 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
 

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – GIVE ME TRUTH OR GIVE ME SILENCE
September 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson
 

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – IN THE CEMETERY
September 2017 Reading
by Mari Tamez
 

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
 

ACTORSEPTEMBER 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Laura Kyswaty
 

 

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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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Best of 2016 CRIME Novel Loglines

Submit your Novel to the Festival Today: https://novelwritingfestival.com

CLICK the LINK and read the best of 2016 CRIME Novel Loglines: 
RESCUE BY A KISS, by Colleen Mooney

THE DEVIL’S DAMSEL, by Ronald E. Hignite

MENTAL DENTAL, by Ram Gulrajani

STALKER, by Michael Stoney-Channon

KILLER CONVERSATIONS, by Stephanie Parker McKean

THE TWINS, by RG Miller

THE KA OF MATHIAS SCHINKEL, by HE Balinovsky

THE SCENT OF MY SON IN GOOD WE TRUST, by Adrienne Miranda

THREE BLACK BOYS: TOMORROW AFTER SUPPER, by Zangba Thomson

LOVE YOU TO DEATH, by Rita Ames

PRESUMED DEAD, by Jearl Rugh

A WOMAN OF AVARICE, by Sam McCrea

KILLERBYTE, by Cat Connor

RAMPAGE, by Alan Brenham

THE JERSEY SHORE: THRILLER, by John E. O’Rourke

HELL TO PLAY, by Jenny Thomson

ALTER EGO, by Tory Allyn

RED STORM, by Thom Tate

EASY INNOCENCE, by Libby Hellman

IN THE NAME OF THE SUN, by Alex Drinkwater Jr.

THE SAFE WORD, by Karen Long

A CURRENT DECEPTION, by Arleen Allment

CLONE DRONES, by RC & JP Carter

Sept. 2016 Winner: Novel Transcript of HEARING THOUGHTS by Anthony Diffley

Watch the September 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

Performed by Kaleb Alexander

Novel Transcript of  HEARING THOUGHTS  by Anthony Diffley

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your novel about?

My novel is about a young New York city man who aquires the ability to hear other peoples after he mysteriously disappears from his friends, while on a camping trip. He does not know how to properly use this talent at first but when approached by the CIA, questioning about his disappearance, and having lost his wife on 9/11, it doesn’t take him long to know what to do with it.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Science Fiction, Action Adventure

How would you describe this story in two words?

“Thought Provocative”

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

4) Most Watched Movie: Without a doubt- “The Godfather”

How long have you been working on this novel?

Prior to it being published in 2015, I worked on writing the manuscript, for my novel, in one year but had been working on the story for over five years. I wrote out the original story as a plot for a movie but when I showed it to a professional screenwriter, he suggested I rewrite it as a novel because he felt the story was too complicated to be written within the industry standard, one hundred and twenty page screenplay. He did love the plot though.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

What motivated you to write this story?

Two things- First, the story of Betty and Barney Hill. Second, the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Robert DeNiro

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Hanging out with my children and family.

What influenced you to enter the novel contest?

Because I honestly believe I have written a very mind grabbing, thought compelling book.

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

Do not rush your work or feel compelled to finish quickly. Take your time and take serious breaks away from your writing. I got my best story ideas for my book right after spending one or two days away from it.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Obiter Dicta – Chapter 1 Novel Reading by Lucian M

Watch the August 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

OBITER DICTA by Lucian M

Novel Performed by actor Julian Ford

Get to know the novelist: 

1. What is your novel about?

A murder leaves a body on display at a Vancouver, Canada public space quickly followed by the assassination of the prime minister of British Columbia that leaves a public in shock. VPD Homicide investigate a trail that leads to various groups vying to grip the political future of British Columbia in their hands. Some seek to do so by democratic means while others pursue the route of armed force. Most disturbing are the groups that seek to establish a government ruled by the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments that will then act as a springboard to the establishment of a global confederacy of Judeo-Christian states committed to a policy of maintaining their vision of the status quo until the advent of the Apocalypse.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

From early childhood most of us are exposed to different forms of cookie cutter conformity. Common forms are strict ideologies that traditionally employ coercive forms of psychological terror or manipulation to impose the party line on the not so convinced. Freedom of thought, objective inquiry, and the scientific method are never part of this paradigm. Most disturbing is when conformity evolves into tyranny and unleashes a savage reign of terror. The resulting blood lust is a chapter written too many times in human history.

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

The 1st chapter introduces the reader to a murder victim laying in a market on Vancouver’s Granville Island, surrounded by a multitude of characters who all hold little pieces of the scandals surrounding the murder in their mind. As the reader jumps from perspective to perspective, the pieces of the scandal begin to come together, and in part it comes to light that the victim was connected to a recently jailed wealthy figure on the island, who is linked to a secret drug trade. The tension grows towards an exciting and deadly climax.

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

I Heard the Owl Call My Name- by Margaret Craven

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

I wrote the first draft in 1996

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

Simon Scarrow

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

The fate of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for daring to suggest that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets. He also raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own. Moreover, he insisted that the universe is in fact infinite. (per Wiki)

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

Martin Scorsese

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

karate, guitar, rhythmic studies, visual art, skiing, ice skating, language studies

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

It was inspiring to discover a committee of professional writers and writing consultants that invited novel submissions. Not only would entering yield full feedback in the form of suggested revisions but also a possible reading by professional actors with subsequent on-line posting

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

Stieg Larsson: He had written the Millennium crime trilogy for his own pleasure after returning home from his job in the evening (per Wiki)

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

July 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the July 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL READING – WHAT PASSES BETWEEN WOMEN
July 2016 Reading
Written by Patty Fischer

ACTORJULY 2016 POETRY READINGS
Watch 10 poems performed by professional actors

ACTORSHORT STORY – HEAVY SEXTING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Amy Arrow

ACTORSHORT STORY – NIGHT SWIMMING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Joanell Serra

ACTORSHORT STORY – STARMAN – LIFE ON TRAPPIST ONE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes

ACTORSHORT STORY – TEARS OF JOY
July 2016 Reading
Written by I.E. Hughes

ACTORSHORT STORY – DNA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Yvonne Randle

ACTORSHORT STORY – DESPITE DEMENTIA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Bennett Cox

ACTORSHORT STORY – GALICIA’S GRANITE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janice Tindle

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEILA, AGE 17
July 2016 Reading
Written by Sherry Chow

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE OCEAN AND THE SKY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Rose Mendonca

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE NIGHTMARE AT GOLDEN ACRES
July 2016 Reading
Written by Cindy Crawford Garrett

ACTORSHORT STORY – TALKING YEOW
July 2016 Reading
Written by Lynne Adams Barze

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

June 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the June 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL Reading – OBITER DICTA
May 2016 Reading
Written by Lucien M.

ACTORNOVEL Reading – ALEX THE INVENTOR
May 2016 Reading
Written by Gordon Brynelson

ACTORJUNE 2016 Poetry Readings
Watch the 4 poems performed by professional actors.

ACTORShort Story Reading – I THOUGHT THE CAR WAS YELLOW
May 2016 Reading
Written by Eduardo G. Diaz

ACTORShort Story Reading – MAMA’S PURFECT DAY
May 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Marra

ACTORShort Story Reading – INSIDE OUT
May 2016 Reading
Written by Phaedra Greenwood

ACTORShort Story Reading – DESTINY OF JOY
May 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Eastham

ACTORShort Story Reading – ANY PRICE FOR HAPPINESS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Robert B. Nelson

ACTORShort Story Reading – CULT FAN
May 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Lee Ronhovde

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Chapter 1 Reading of THE MAGIC PILLOW: The Passage of Light by K J Kratz

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https://www.amazon.ca/The-Magic-Pillow-Passage-Light/dp/1462410626/190-9257478-5758323?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Watch Transcript Reading of THE MAGIC PILLOW:

Performed by actor Amaka Umeh

Get to know writer K.J. Kratz:

1. What is your novel about? 

Jenna receives a mysterious package from her great aunt who died several months prior. Jenna quickly discovers that what appears to be just a decorative pillow turns out to be a portal to another world. As Jenna visits the other world, she discovers her hidden talents and forms an unbreakable bond with a diverse team. Jenna and the team use futuristic technology as they take an incredible journey to save their world from the evil aliens.  

2. Why should this novel be read by people? 

This book is the perfect story to lift you out of your daily routine and take you down a road of creative adventures ensuring a perfect inspiring escape for your mind.

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

Inspiring Adventure

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

Batman Begins

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

 Roughly 5 1/2 years

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

“Where the Red Fern Grows”

7. What motivated you to write this novel? 

I was inspired by my nighttime dreams. During the daytime my life was very robotic and boring, but the simple act of placing my head on the pillow at night transformed me into a different person. In my dreams, I was a star-fighter killing aliens in space, a spy killing terrorists, I was an assistant to the president of the United States dialing up Vladimir Putin. These were just a few of the dreams that I experienced. I always woke up feeling like my dreams were trying to tell me something. That was the spark that led to the story and its characters growing inside my head. I didn’t see myself as a writer at that time so I tried to ignore the story. Eventually, I just started writing the story and it turned out to be the most exciting adventure I have ever experienced.

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

Chris Martin

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

Being a good mother to my son.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?  

After doing nothing with the book for an entire year due to being caught up in my stressful job and juggling a new baby, a stranger reached out to me and told me that if I finished the book it was probably because I intended on sharing it with others. She sent me the link to the festival and urged me to submit it. I followed her advice.

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

1. Write from the heart.
2. Remember that when you create a story, you are only held by the boundaries located within yourself.
3. Don’t force the writing. I was working a 50 to 60 hours per week job so the only time I could write was early in the morning on weekends. I would wake up at 4:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays to write. Because of my limited opportunity to write, I felt anxiety around using every moment that I had to write. I quickly learned that sometimes you just don’t feel it so it’s best to take a break from it.
4. Don’t be scared to share your writing with others. As writers we know that what we write can be a portal into ourselves. Even though it is fiction, it’s still a part of you. I found out that sharing allowed me to see this the book from a different perspective. Sometimes what I intended for the audience to see wasn’t what the reader was seeing.
5. Always have a notebook or blank paper and a pen handy. One of my favorite parts of this book was inspired after a long day of repeated delays at the airport. When I finally flew into Denver I noticed the most beautiful display of clouds that seemed to have mysterious tunnels. As I travelled in the cab to meet my coworkers for Margaritas, I quickly wrote down all of my ideas for the tunnel of clouds. I was so thankful for that delay!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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