Novel Transcript Reading: Aunt Sookie & Me, by Michael Scott Garvin

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Young Poppy Wainwright feels much like a deck of cards, shuffled around from a boozing mother to a beloved grandmother. Finally bussed to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her grandmother’s cantankerous sister, Sookie. Through the enlightened eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl, the hilarity and insanity ensues.

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Novel Transcript: MINUTE OF DARKNESS, by JD Daniels

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Novel Transcript Reading of The Ka, by Mary Deal

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Archaeologists discover a tomb in Valley of the Queens containing hieroglyphs coded with magic and spells that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

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

Suspense

Fantasy

Paranormal

History

Time-Travel

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

Historical fantasy

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

Ladyhawke (1985) American Fantasy

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

I have no favorite song. I lived in Hawaii for 22 years and greatly favor Hawaiian music. I maintain a huge library of music of all kinds; classical, 1950s era, country/western, opera, jazz, foreign language music, and so much more. I play whatever suits my mood.

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

Grapes of Wrath (It is a depiction of my mother’s life as her family of 12 crossed the country, living in an old school bus during the Great Depression.)

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I woke in the wee hours from a vivid dream. In the dream I saw multiple scenes of Ancient Egypt, heard their voices, saw their costumes, their buildings, etc. It was real. I could detect a story. As I lay thinking about the strange and vivid dream, I must have gone back to sleep because I woke with a start, seeing one vivid still picture. At that point I knew I had a new novel to write. I immediately went to my PC in my pajamas and wrote for a solid five hours capturing every detail I had seen in the dream. Then I spent four years researching 3500 years of Egyptian dynasties to find the best place to weave my threads of fantasy.

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

My mother, to talk about her creativity. She was a country/western/blues singer/musician and could create a song out of hearing one or two words spoken.

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

I am a self-taught oil painter and have been told some of my work is similar to Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. I am also a photographer. I maintain marydealfineart.com and sell prints of my paintings and photography online.

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

I had entered the Logline to my novel, The Ka, in one of your offerings sometime ago and it received a favorable response.

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

All the stories rattling around in your mind do not get written unless you apply yourself and write them. I’ve been asked many times if I would write a person’s story for them. My response is that I cannot see what is in another person’s mind. Only you can visualize the story and write the details. Only you can make your story unique because it comes directly from 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 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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Director: Kierston Drier
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Novel Reading: Death of a Diva: Part One, by Brigitte Goldstein

 

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