Prologue Reading: VERONICA’S PAPERS by ANTHONY COLIN WRIGHT

Performed by Val Cole.

February 2017 Winning Novel Reading.

Get to know the writer:

 What is your novel about?

A group of almost-strangers is brought together for a week-long cruise, as an experiment orchestrated by Gerald Clayton and his mistress Veronica. A trained hypnotherapist, Veronica hypnotises former friends and lovers of Gerald into not recognising him as they board a cruise ship with him and must try and find out the connection between them. Religious belief is also a theme of the book

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Literary Fiction, Mystery.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Intriguing writing.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Shakespeare in Love.

How long have you been working on this story?

Twenty years, but with other writing at the same time.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

What motivated you to write this story?

My own experience of hypnosis.

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

Meryl Streep.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Languages (I speak a number), Theatre, Birds, Basic Astronomy and Understanding of the Universe, Belief (non-traditional) in God.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

A wish for it to be better known.

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

Never give up.

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

January 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

ACTORSHORT Story – THE MISCREANT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish

ACTORSHORT Story – THE PAPERBOY
January 2017 Reading
Written by George G. Moore

ACTORSHORT Story – MURDER IS A BREEZE
January 2017 Reading
Written by M Maureen Skahan

ACTORSHORT Story – MARIONETTE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson

ACTORSHORT Story – SHADOWS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly J. Kratz

ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE IN BUTZBACH
January 2017 Reading
Written by D.K. Christi

ACTORSHORT Story – TELL ME TO GO
January 2017 Reading
Written by Thomas Cannon

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

ACTOR2016 CONTEST Poetry Readings
Watch the finalists.

 

 

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Novel Transcript of Mei Meng: The Lost Panda by Andrew Fisk

Performed by Val Cole

 
What is your novel about?

This novel is about an adventurous young Panda named Mei Meng. She travels with her parents deep into the mountains of China to escape the destruction of her habitat by human beings. When she is swept away by a raging river, she meets all sorts of fantastic animals on the journey home. Some of them want to help her. Some do not. Surprisingly, her best allies are the human children she meets along the way.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

It is definitely a fantasy. It is a children’s book, aimed at the middle-grade audience. It is one hundred twenty two pages without any illustrations. It defies classification as most children’s books are not that long.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Child explorer. If this story was on Disney Family Channel it would be something like “Panda Meets World.” Mei Meng leaves her little corner of the mountain where she lives, and becomes a world explorer. At the end of the book she even has a telescope so she can keep track of her human friends.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

It is a tie between “Forrest Gump” and “American Graffiti.” The Forrest Gump character exemplifies the triumph of the simple man, the pure at heart.

American Graffiti has a great story line and a cast of a dozen or more actors who went on to have outstanding careers.

An example of why I like this movie: when Harrison Ford (aka Bob Falfa) drives into town in his jalopy to challenge Paul Le Mat to a race, his license plate is THX 1138. Why is that important? This is the title of the first George Lucas feature film, a science fiction classic. I probably saw “American Graffiti” ten times before I picked up on this.

How long have you been working on this story?

It took me a few months to write. I did a lot of research on interesting Mandarin names for the characters. For example, Mei Meng’s good friend is a funny snow leopard named Chun Bao, which means Silly Leopard. A scary Siberian tiger is named Di Zheng, which means earthquake. He is so huge that every step he takes shakes the earth.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I’ll nominate two books. One is “The Magic Barrel” by Bernard Malamud (although it is a collection of short stories that won the National Book Award in the nineteen fifties) and “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway.

What motivated you to write this story?

I felt like writing something lyrical, fantasy-world that would go deep into mythology and have a totally sympathetic main character. It was also meant as a “welcome to the world” present for my daughter. This is not “Kung Fu Panda” by any means. It moves at a slower pace and is more emotional and mystical than slapstick. It also emphasizes the importance of the family, both panda and human.

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

Leonardo Da Vinci. I would ask him, “How did you accomplish all the things you did in so many different areas?” Unlike Da Vinci, I write my ideas down in spiral notebooks, instead of an ornate leather bound Codex (which Bill Gates paid millions of dollars for). Maybe that’s the secret.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being outdoors. Hiking in the hills, kayaking, white water rafting, paddle boarding. I am a fan of American college football and find the games more exciting than the usual NFL product.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I wanted to hear different voices speak the lines of dialogue and the narration. I also hope to attract some interest for the book. At the very least I would like to find an illustrator. I would like to have the illustrations done in the style of traditional Chinese paintings. All the different animals and natural environments would allow an artist to create many interesting canvasses. If I were to engage in a little “exponential thinking” I would like to:

Have the book translated and published in China.
Have the book made into a movie for the Chinese market.

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

Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime. Sometimes your subconscious pulls together elements from events in your own life and combines them with elements from literature and mythology. There is a flash of lightning in your head and suddenly you know what your project is about. This has been my experience.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

December 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

 
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – GUARDING SHAKESPEARE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Quintin Peterson

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A CHANCE FOR LIFE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – HUSBANDS MAY COME AND GO BUT FRIENDS ARE FOREVER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Judith Marshall

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – ZOMBIE TURKEYS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Andy Zach

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Best of 2016 COMEDY Novel Loglines

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

CLICK the LINK and read the best of 2016 COMEDY Novel Loglines: 

BARBIE AND THE BARBARIAN, by Racine Hiet

UP AND IN, by Deborah Disney

FORTUNATE SON, by Dan Pawlowski

SOUTHERN FRIED, by David Luck

ANNIE GOMEZ AND THE GIGANTIC FOOT OF DOOM, by Jay Cutts

PUSHING UPWARD, by Andrea Adler

THE TRUTH ABOUT CAROLINE, by Randi M. Sherman

DANCE OF LOVE, by Inge Saunders

THAT VOODOO THAT YOU DO, by Lorelei Delille

NOTHING LIKE NAKED, by MG Nash

A CLEAR SOLUTION, by Eric MacFarlane

50 ACTS OF KINDNESS, by Ellyn Oaksmith

ONE HOT SUMMER, by Ian Barker

ZEUS IS DEAD, by Michael G. Munz

COGRILLS MILL, by Jack Lindsay

THE ROAD TO JUSTICE, by David Carner

THE WEYLAND CHRONICLES, by Joe Cabello

DOES HARRY DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP, by John Alston

DARK TIDINGS, by Ken Magee

MY TIME IS YOURS, by S.E. Isaac

YOU ARE AMONG MONSTERS, by Jon R. Flieger

Best of 2016 BIOGRAPHY Novel Loglines

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

CLICK the LINK and read the best of 2016 BIOGRAPHY Novel Loglines: 

WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME, by David P. Perlmutter

LUNA TREE: THE BABY PROJECT, by Maya Berger

THE MAVERICK EFFECT, by George Verdolaga

THE LION THE LEGEND AND THE COAL MINERS DAUGHTER, by Anne Mayhew

THE GIRL IN THE SHADOWS, by Kim Oshea

IT’S ALL ABOUT TRUST, by Sue Malcolm

A TURNKEY OR NOT, by Tony Levy

THE RABBIT CULTURES, by Antonio Capaldo

TEACHING FOR WHAT, by Michael J. Fusco

JOHARIS WINDOW, by Suzy Davies

ENCOUNTER IN NINEVEH, by Mahmoud Nafousi

RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE, by John Findley

A SPECIAL GIFT, by Wanda Brown

WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT, by Patricia

LIFE ALIGNED WITH MARY MAGDALENE, by Renee Michelle Christian

JACK DAWKINS, by Charlton Daines

A WOMAN WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED, by Lucie Novak

THEREALYOUTUBESTORY.com, by Eric Skaggs

TO FLY AGAIN: PORTRAIT OF A BIPOLAR LIFE, by Rachelle Hasnas

AS DARKER GROW THE SHADOWS, by MJ Roe

 

Watch Winning Novel Performance Readings:

THE ACE OF KINGS – Novel Prologue Reading by Dan Levinson

Watch the August 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

THE ACE OF KINGS by Dan Levinson

Novel reading performed by Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your novel about?

My novel is about a teenage blacksmith named Andie, who discovers she’s the lost heir to an empire in turmoil. Sailing across the sky on the great skyship Liberty, mentored by the renowned mercenary Sieg Cyrill, called the “Ace of Kings,” Andie must decide whether she’s willing to take on the mantle of rulership she was born to, and how much she is willing to sacrifice to get there.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

The Ace of Kings is a swashbuckling fantasy geared for young adults and up. And despite all the high-flying action and unique magic, there’s a lot more to it: It explores themes of family, politics, and the challenges of growing up. It is an adventure novel, a coming-of-age novel, and rather than sugar-coating some “long lost princess” storyline, Andie must deal with the very real issue, that in her homeland innocent people are being mercilessly slaughtered; and yet if she tries to rally her people and take back the crown, it will mean civil war, death on a massive scale.

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

Soaring adventure!

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

Hook. Kind of apropos, don’t you think? 😉

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

On and off for about five years. Hopefully sometime in the next year I’ll do another rewrite.

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

I actually don’t! But if I had to pick, it would probably be Brian Jacques’ Redwall. I plan to read that one to my kids, some day.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I’ve always been a fantasy lover. In this case I was inspired by Polish fantasy author Andrezj Sapkowski’s Wiedzmin series, known as The Witcher here. There was a PC game made years ago — the first in what’s now a very successful game trilogy — which was inspired Sapkowski’s series, which in turn caused me to pick up the first book, The Last Wish. I became inspired by the Geralt of Rivia character, a hero who was grizzled, confident, experienced, and fairly well known throughout the land. This led me to create Sieg Cyrill back in 2008, who’s a bit more of a dandy than Geralt, but has a similar level of prowess and fame. Originally, Sieg was the main character of this series, and I wrote some short stories featuring him. But I eventually realized that the story I wanted to tell didn’t lend itself to Sieg being the protagonist. I believe it was in 2011 that I created Andie, and actually started writing the book.

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

Tough one. Probably Stephen King or Meryl Streep, if we’re going with the living.

If we include the dead, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time was a huge influence on me, so I’d love to sit down with him. Also, Thomas Wolfe and H.P. Lovecraft.

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

I was actually a drama major in college. I’m passionate about all types of storytelling — theater, film and TV, video games, and more. I’m also very politically conscious, but it’s probably best not to wander into those waters right here.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

In general I find festivals and contests that offer feedback to be extremely helpful. WILDsound in particular I think curates a team of top-notch readers, because the commentary I’ve received has consistently been among the best and most constructive. So I entered the competition for the objective critique, as well as the chance for some exposure.

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

Never become complacent with your skill level as a writer. Be unyielding in your willingness to put ego aside, and focus instead on learning from every mistake that you make. You don’t have to take every criticism to heart, but the comments that make you the most upset or defensive are often the comments that ring most true. When someone denigrates your work, don’t take the easy way out by telling yourself they “just didn’t get it.” We write for ourselves, but we also write to communicate, to convey what’s in our hearts. If those ideas aren’t reaching people the way we want them to, it’s our responsibility to turn around and make it better. That’s what I think, anyway.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson