Novel Reading: Death of a Diva: Part One, by Brigitte Goldstein

 

performed by Carina Cojeen

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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 Transcript Reading of The Crossing by Katrina Antoinette Croswell

Novel performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

The odyssey of a young adult girl, stolen from the shores of Africa to the Americas, and her decision to make the tumultuous voyage to find her family and the home from which she was taken.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Historical Fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

True Fiction

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Godfather (Part 1)

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

I’ll Write a Song for You (Earth Wind & Fire)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Too many to name. However, Do They Hear You When You Cry, by Fauziya Kassindja,
always comes to mind.

What motivated you to write this story?

A combination of the following:
A rainstorm
The clashing of metal chains
My Ancestors

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

Dr. Maya Angelou

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Extending some relief/healing through massage care
Nature walks
Reading

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

From the moment this story entered my consciousness, my protagonist has shown me
all that she see’s. I have always seen this particular passage performed, so when the opportunity presented itself through the Novel Writing Festival, I couldn’t pass it up.

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

To my fellow creative’s out there, trust your characters; they may actually know more than you. And if you open your self to them, what ends up on the page may surprise you. 

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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 Reading: The Adventures of Tek Danger and Larry Applebaum (Discount) Mercenaries for Hire by Rich Hynes

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your novel about?

It’s about two down-on-their-luck morons who, despite having neither
the qualifications nor the brains, decide to become mercenaries.
(Although Larry would have preferred to open up a nice ice cream stand
somewhere.) Due solely to their rock-bottom pricing, they manage to
snag an actual client — a shady religious organization — and agree to
retrieve a stolen relic from the Sisters of Agrona, the deadliest gang
in the universe. Accompanied by the naive Brother Caradoc, Tek and
Larry set out with one gun and not a lick of sense between them. Will
they succeed? Will they even survive? Probably not. But it’s fun
watching them “Gump” their way through it.

What genres would you say this story is in?

It’s a Sci-Fi comedy.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Amusing stupidity.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Rango’, a solid heroes journey that holds up over time with drama,
comedy and relatable characters. The fact that it’s animated is just a
bonus.

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

“Fruitcakes” by Jimmy Buffett

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. ‘Brave New World’ is a close
second and then the ‘Dragonlance’ series (Chronicles and Twins).

What motivated you to write this story?

I fell in love with the characters. I was tinkering around with story
ideas when I happened to meet Tek and Larry in the dark, slightly
cobwebby, recesses of my brain. I found myself incredibly interested
in following their adventures as the worst mercenaries in the universe
and seeing how they survive them.

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

Alive: Steve Martin — Dead: Benjamin Franklin — Both for the same reason.

I imagine dinner would start off with extremely interesting
intellectual discussions. A mini-salon if you will. Then, by the end
of the night, shit would get weird. Good weird, abstract weird, but
weird nonetheless.

Wait! Mel Brooks! I should have chosen Mel Brooks! It is too late to
change my answer? Dammit.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading. Finding those books you can’t put down and genuinely lament
having finished.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I always love hearing what I’ve written in someone else’s voice. I’m
so used to hearing it in my own head — my own timing, my own
inflections, my own pre-conceived notions — that I like hearing how
other people experience it. Adding their own emotional cues and
interpretations.

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

It’s a cliché, but keep writing. Be prolific in your writing. Finish
stuff. Millions of people have started writing a book or a screenplay,
but most never complete the first draft. Finish something and you’re
already way ahead of the crowd. Then finish something else. And then
something else after that. Because the first question you’re going to
be asked — if you’re lucky enough to get requested and read — is “what
else do you have?” You should have something else finished, polished
and ready to go. Preferably multiple something-elses.

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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 – Read the best of DRAMA Novels

Browse through these best of stories in the DRAMA genre and see where you can read the best of new novels from around the world. 

SECRET LOVE OF AN ARABIAN PRINCE, by Hend Ali

THE ONLY MAN, by Kimberly Davis

PUSHING UPWARD, by Andrea Adler

A MOMENT IN THE SUN, by Tory Gates

GETAWAY DAY, by Ken White

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

BADER FIELD: HOW MY FAMILY SURVIVED SUICIDE, by Carl David

SUNDAY MORNING RIGHT IN FRUTT, by JC Hennington

WORN FACES, by Morgan Lawrence

THE BROTHERS CONNOLLY, by Ted Prokash

THE STOVE JUNKER, by SK Kalsi

DANCE OF LOVE, by Inge Saunders

BECOMING MOON, by Craig A. Hart

DANCING WITH RACHEL, by Ken Montrose

THE SNAILS CASTLE, by Mark Gordon

MARKED, by PC Cast & Kristine Cast

NORTH HALL, by Julian Lev

THE HOUSESITTER, by Adrienne Silcock

SILENTLY STILL, by Julieanne Lynch

6 DAYS OF YOU, by Sophia Ryan

A TWINS REDEMPTION, by Yassy F.

MAKING ROOM FOR GEORGE, by D. Ellis Phelps

A BRIEF MOMENT IN TIME, by Jean Watier

MR. GRUMBLES, by Marjory E Leposky

TURNSTILES, by Andrea McKenzie

THE SAFE WORD, by Karen Long

THE ROMANTIC, by Felix Alexander

ONE NIGHT TWO LIARS, by Brian G. Burns

ONYX DRAGON, by Shawn E. Crapo

HE & SHE, by Wayne Clark

ELSA A GIRL WITHOUT SCRUPLES, by Marleen Rossetti

NAZARETH, by James Jeffrey

WITH THE HEADMASTERS APPROVAL, by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

DOUBLE UGLY, by Jim Murray

MY WAR WITH HEMINGWWAY, by James Charles

SLAVE TO LOVE, by Romay

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE, by Nadine Frye

TO DANCE WITH UGLY PEOPLE, by Lorene Stunson Hill

FAMILY TREE, by Andrea Carr

 

MY SADE STORY PART 1, by Paul Cooke DEATH OF A DIVA: FROM BERLIN TO BROADWAY, by Brigitte Goldstein

THE KNIFE WITH THE IVORY HANDLE, by Cindy Bruchman

THE SCARLET SERIES, by Taylor Chessor

MY TIME IS YOURS, by S.E. Isaac

YOU ARE AMONG MONSTERS, by Jon R. Flieger

ONION GRASS, by Amy Kierce

THE PATHOLOGY OF INNOCENCE AN INVOLUTION, by Juditta Salem
VIDEO PITCH: THE MILLIONAIRES CROSS, by Sal Nudo

COLLIDING ORBITS, by T.S. Fox

IN THE CLEFT JOY COMES IN THE MOURNING, by Dana Goodman

THE MILLIONAIRES CROSS, by Sal Nudo

THE RELATIONSHIP CONTRACT, by Natasha Rawls

DEATH GRIP, by Tracy Sherwood

MURDER IMPOSSIBLE, by Jack Fitzgerald

ETERNAL WISH, by Dana Cariola

AN UNCOMMON FAMILY, by Christa Polkinhorn

A CHICK IN THE COCKPIT, by Erika Armstrong

STELLAS PLEA, by RA Giggie

PLAYED TO DEATH, by BV Lawson

IN THE REALM OF ANGELS, by Darlene Cozart

FILIAD, by Danilo Peshikan

A LIKELY STORY, by Leigh Stanton

THE GUILLOTINE CHOICE, by Bashir Saoudi & Michael Mallone

THE VIRTUOSO, by Virginia Burges

THOUGHTS OF A FRACTURED SOUL, by Kern Carter

JEZEBEL’S DAUGHTER, by Mordechai Landsberg

THE ISLAND, by Jen Minkman

WANDERING FEELINGS, by Boyko Ovcharov

THE KILLING OF FREDDIE FOSTER, by Kerin Freeman

GRANT’S FERRY, by David Chase

THE SEDUCTIVE SCHOOLHOUSE SCANDAL, by Sandra Rose

DEADLY PLEASURES, by Mary Firmin

THE RED STROKES, by Kathy Reinhart

IN THE PAINT, by Jeffrey Dainton

VIDEO PITCH: ASHES AND ICE, by Dianna Bellerose

CATCHING CHARLOTTE, by Romay

A TAYLOR-MADE LIFE, by Kary Rader

TRACES, by Betty Bolte

NOT TO TALK ABOUT UNTIL NOW, by Kirsten Marie Wohlgemuth

BURN IN HELL, A JAKE CARRINGTON MYSTERY, by Marian Lanouette

RIVER OF TEARS, by Michele L. Montgomery

HOW TO KNOCK A BRAVEBIRD FROM HER PERCH, by D. Bryant Simmons

A WHOLE LOT, by Bradley Wind

IRISH INHERITANCE, by Paula Martin

SHORTCOMINGS, by Ginger Simpson

VIDEO PITCH: LEMMON’S JOURNEY, by Philip Oyok

ANTICIPATION OF THE PENITENT, by Nancy Laronda Johnson

SUMMERS GROWTH, by Tina Gayle

THE RAG PRINCESS, by Barbara Franzen

BUDDHA’S WIFE, by Gabriel Constans

STAYING AFLOAT, by Judith Marshall

THE MAKING OF MELISSA, by CS Nixon

THE REDEMPTION O CARALYNNE HAYMAN, by Carole Brown – VIDEO LOGLINE

BEING LENA LEVI, by Bobbie Ann Cole

UP GETTING UP IS THE KEY TO LIFE, by Brian P. Swift

GUARDING SHAKESPEARE, by Quintin Peterson

LIVING IN BRIGHT SHADOWS, by Jean Gilhead

GRAY RAINBOW JOURNEY, by KB Schaller

LEMMON’S JOURNEY, by Philip Oyok

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, by Patty Larsen

RIPPLE, by Tui Allen

2017 – Read the best of ADVENTURE Novel Stories from around the world:

Browse through these best of stories in the ADVENTURE genre and see where you can read the best of new novels from around the world. 

ARCHAEA, by Dain White

ALEX THE INVENTOR, by G.F. Bryn

THE LOBBY, by Randi M. Sherman

SECRETS AND LIES IN EL SALVADOR, by Sherrie Miranda

CHRISTMASVILLE, by Michael Dutton

INTO AUTUMN, by Larry Landgraf

THE TIMETRIPPERS, by Hamish Robertson

I’M KITA DURAN, by Veronica Purcell

UNCLE MJ, by Magdalena Stancheva

OFF THE BEATING PATH, by Danny Fisher

PURPLE MIKE, by Sin Mils

HEALER OF CARTHLAGE, by Lynne Gentry

GARRETT AND THE FEATHER SERPENT QUETZALCOATL, by Carl Gundestrup

PUHA, by J. Bradley Van Tighem

THE SECOND COMING, by Grant Leishman

ENCOUNTER IN NINEVEH, by Mahmoud Nafousi

THE TEMPLAR SUCCESSION, by K.R. Eckert

OPERATION STARLIGHT, by David Owen Powell

DIGBY’S DIARY, by E.D. Bird

THE CITY OF THE GUARDIANS, by JerrLyn Harrington

DEAD ENERGY, by James M Corkill

HELL TO PLAY, by Jenny Thomson
THE IRON ADMIRAL, by Greata van der Rol

BREATH OF THE TITANS, by Riley Amos Westbrook & Sara Lynn Westbrook

BEYOND CLOUD NINE, by Greg Spry

ELDORADO, by Jay Allan Storey

THE FURLITES OF ARORIEL ON MATISSIA WINGS, by Marie JS Phillips

THE LAST JUMP, by John E Nevola

RAYONNEMENT, by Romuald Reber

A CURRENT DECEPTION, by Arleen Allment

DISTRESS SIGNAL, by Jack Comeau

SHIELD OF THE PALIDINE, by Barbara T. Cerny

CORNELIUS, by Tanya R. Taylor

SPIN THE GLOBE, by Edward Oldenhauer

JACK SPADE: DREAM DETECTIVE, by Carl A. Chase
AMERICA TUWAQUACHI, by PJ Parker

DARK TIDINGS, by Ken Magee

BEYOND HERCULES, by Stephen Roffe

Short Story Reading: Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence, by Melissa R Mendelson

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence is a Dystopian short story, where individuals are forced to speak the truth, but like with any other society, there are those that still lie. But it might be the last lie that they will ever speak.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Science-Fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Honesty Hurts

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Since I was eight-years-old, I’ve seen a lot of movies and a lot of television shows, but one of my favorite movies is Suicide Kings, which is an intensely written Drama, where the truth is a cool hand played right up to the last bluff.

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

Again, I’ve been listening to music since I was eight, and I have many favorites. And I love U2, and I especially love their song, The Troubles.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

My Cousin Estelle, who passed this year and may she rest in peace, used to give me books when I was a kid, and I would read right through them, looking for more. But one of my favorite books that she gave me is Charlotte’s Web, and I still have it somewhere in a bin downstairs in the basement.

What motivated you to write this story?

I am part of this community called, HitRecord, and they do Weekly Writing Challenges. One of the challenges was to create a Utopia or Dystopia, so I created, Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence.

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

Stephen King. He will always be my favorite author, and a few have told me that some of my writing reminds them of his work.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

One of my hobbies is to write Parody Lyrics, and I don’t do it often. But when I do, I like to base the lyrics around my favorite television shows such as Supernatural and Killjoys.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I have been coming to WildSound for a long time now, and with their reviews on my writing, I have been able to make my stories more than what they started out as. And I love the opportunities that they provide such as these readings to give my stories a platform, where they can not only be read but heard.

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

Look for inspiration. Sometimes, I like driving around town, passing through neighborhoods, and I have created some of my favorite short stories based off those drives like Faded Shades of Rainbow and Cellar Dawn.

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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

 

 

August 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

 

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – GOD’S HANDS
August 2017 Reading
by Michael Coleman

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – MOON HATERS
August 2017 Reading
by Simon Ciappara

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

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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