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

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL
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February 2016 Novel Winners

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

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

ACTORNovel Transcript – INTO AUTUMN
February 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Landgraf

ACTORNovel Transcript – WHAT HAPPENS AFTER HAPPILY EVER AFTER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Garrett

ACTORNovel Transcript – WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT?
February 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Hughes

ACTORNovel Transcript – A LIFE SINGULAR
February 2016 Reading
Written by Lorraine Pestell

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

February 2016 Novel Festival Details

We have a terrific lineup of novel transcripts that we will be performing for our February 2016 event. All novels and poems will be performed by actor Kaleb Alexander (see below a sneak preview video).

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

#1 – INTO AUTUMN by Larry Landgraf

Genre: Action, Adventure 

SYNOPSIS:

A chilling account of how Lars Lindgren and Eileen Branson must face new challenges when all of humanity is forced into desperate survival mode when the grid goes down, and government and the economy crumble.

#2 – WHAT HAPPENS AFTER HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Laura Garrett

Genre: Self-Help, Drama

SYNOPSIS:

How to have a good relationship by starting to love yourself first.

#3 – WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT? by Patricia Hughes 

Genre: History, biography, thriller, political corruption

SYNOPSIS:

Authorities in the new Irish Free State harassed and murdered Honor Bright before maligning her as a prostitute and acquitting her assassin. The newly founded Garda Siochana spread deceitful rumours and coerced witnesses to conceal Honor’s true identity and the real reason for her  death.

#4 – A LIFE SINGULAR by Lorraine Pestell

Genre: Drama, Musical 

SYNOPSIS: 

Jeff Diamond is at the pinnacle of his career; a superstar who holds the world in his hands.  Yet in the blink of an eye, he loses the one who gave his life meaning.  As he pieces together his autobiography, he discovers what’s truly important.  Everyone has a life singular; one, unique, extraordinary.

Transcripts to be posted online next week.

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

Watch Sneak Peak Preview:

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

Chapter 8 Novel Movie – ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO

Watch the Novel Turned into a Movie:

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/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by David Kinsman

Visual Design by Vira Solovyova

Chapter 7 Novel Movie – ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO

Watch the Novel Turned into a Movie:

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/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by David Kinsman

Visual Design by Vira Solovyova

Read the best of MOB Novel Loglines:

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

Read the best of MOB Novel Loglines:

WIFE MISSING, by Annastasya Esme

BOUND, by Belinda J. Rossetti

THE TARNISHED SHOOTER, by Charles James

BUTTERFLIES WAKE, by Arlene Lagos

LA BELLA MAFIA, by Morgan St. James and Dennis N. Griffin

Watch Chapter 6 Novel Movie – ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO

Chapter 6 Novel Movie – ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO

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/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by David Kinsman

Visual Design by Vira Solovyova

Watch Chapter 5 Novel Movie – ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO

Chapter 5 Novel Movie – ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO

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/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by David Kinsman

Visual Design by Vira Solovyova