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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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 Reading of CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT, by Kim Montgomery

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

Kim Montgomery – Author of ‘Curly and Tubs and the Galloping Rot’
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000330641
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Curly-Tubs-Galloping-Rot-Montgomery/dp/1410785017/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306431018&sr=1-1&tag=freado0c-20

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8423

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?
Two young brothers own a set of encyclopaedias. The two boys are transported into volume 5, Nature, to do battle with a rot that is rapidly threatening to destroy the entire land.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?
Children’s fiction, fantasy

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

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Voluntarily, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Statistically, Finding Nemo. It was my daveson’s favourite for a long time. Explanation of daveson: He is my step grandson. He has two biological grandfathers, so I had to find something else for him to call me. After a lifetime of the trauma of being a male called Kim, I chose Dave.

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

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Lord of the Rings

7. What motivated you to write this story?
Childhood memories from growing up in Southern England during the 1950s and 60s.

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

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Cooking, gardening, walking, geocaching.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
To help gain exposure, and because I believe it has potential to be converted into a screenplay.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Be prepared for the hard bit after you’ve written your story. Marketing and promotion are ten times more difficult than writing.

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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

Short Story Reading of SOMETHING MISSING, by Lionel Walfish

Elsie examines her childhood. Something’s not right…She decides to seek professional help, and discovers something untold

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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 Transcript Reading of AN UNCOMMON FAMILY, by Christa Polkinhorn

http://www.christa-polkinhorn.com

A chance meeting between a middle-aged woman, a widower, and a semi-orphaned child in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, brings together three people who grapple with a past of loss and betrayal. Six-year-old Karla, whose mother died in a car crash, has a hard time accepting the loss. Anna, her aunt and guardian, struggles with her former husband’s deception and her shattered confidence in men, and Jonas, artist and teacher, mourns the death of his wife.

While trying to help Karla, a talented but troubled child, Anna and Jonas develop feelings for each other that go beyond friendship. The budding romance, however, hits a snag when Anna discovers a sinister secret in Jonas’s past. While the two adults have come to an impasse, young Karla takes matters into her own hands. Together with a friend, she develops a plan to bring the two uncooperative adults back together. The plan, however, creates havoc and as it begins to unravel, Karla is forced to learn some difficult lessons.

An Uncommon Family is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait, Book One): Three people with a troubled past meet in Zurich, Switzerland. Six-year-old Karla longs for her dead mother. Anna struggles with her former husband’s deception, and Jonas mourns the death of his wife. While caring for little Karla, Anna and Jonas fall in love but sinister events in their past threaten their budding romance.

AN UNCOMMON FAMILY is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

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

Family Drama with a touch of romance

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

Poignant and hopeful

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

Midnight in Paris

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

All songs by Leonard Cohen

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

Too many to list: Novels by Louise Penny, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Ann Patchett, Joanne Harris, Virginia Woolf etc. etc. etc.

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

Leonard Cohen

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

Reading, traveling, walking, a good meal and a glass of red wine

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

Curiosity

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

Just write, don’t worry too much about the product, instead enjoy the process.

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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 Transcript Reading of EANIE MEANIE MINIE NO, by Sandra S. Kerns

Type: NOVEL

Genre: Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Crime

Logline: Eenie, Meanie, Minie, No! is a romantic suspense in which a terrified but determined high school teacher is pitted against a killer intent on eliminating the members of her clique in high school and framing her for their deaths.

www.sandrakerns.com

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about? Eanie, Meanie, Minie, No! is about a woman overcoming past fears to save a friend and reclaim love.

2. What genres would you say this story is in? Romance, suspense, and thriller. There is a reunion with an old boyfriend, someone stalking the heroine, and a psychological bent to the antagonist.

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

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life? I’d have to say all of the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies because my husband is a huge fan and we watch them every Christmas break. However, I’m a huge fan of The Holiday, all the Jason Borne movies, and Dirty Dancing. In other words, my tastes are all over the board.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) Believe it or not, Amazing Grace. My faith is important to me and this song says it all, the good, the bad, and the forgiven.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel? I don’t really have an all-time favorite. It’s usually whatever I’m reading or writing at the time.

7. What motivated you to write this story? That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? To be honest, I seem to remember being with a group of writers discussing what motivated each other to write and nursery rhymes popped into my head. As I drove home, the image of children using this rhyme to pick sides came to me and the negative aspects of what it could mean. After that, my insane imagination went crazy.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be? My great grandmother. I loved listening to her tell stories about her life.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? Sewing, knitting, crochet. I love creating things.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed? I wanted to hear it through someone else’s voice. Elizabeth Rose Morriss did an amazing job.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? While we all need constructive criticism to make our work the best it can be, DON’T let anyone’s comments stop you from writing. There are many wonderful readers out there who will give you the input you need to tweak something. Unfortunately, there are also many who live to put other people down. Those are the ones you smile, say thank you for the comment, and walk away. If the comment, despite being phrased in a mean spirit, has merit, work with it. If it doesn’t, let it go and move on. Whatever you do, write. The more you do, the better you will become.

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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 Transcript Reading of Superhighway, by James Oldman

 

Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural

Logline: For centuries his species had been the predator,now life had changed for them both when the little mole believed the promises of an owl.

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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 Sweet Dreams: Searching for Roy Buchanan, by Tory Gates

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your novel about?

Sweet Dreams: Searching for Roy Buchanan is the first of the Sweet Dreams Series. It follows the life of Aki Sato, a Japanese teenager who is gifted (or is it cursed?) with the ability to time travel. It is called “Amida Syndrome,” and was passed down by her mother. But Aki’s mother and father were killed in an accident before she could be instructed in it use.

Aki is beset by terrifying nightmares, but in these, she hears a strange, musical progression that she cannot identify. This, plus Aki trying to help her older brothers, Kenji and Hiro keep the family business, and them, together.

A breakdown of her family’s vehicle leads to the discovery of that sound on Earth…a retired blues musician named Kazu offers to teach Hiro guitar; he also reveals to Aki that he, too, carries the Amida, and knew their mother.

Through a series of misadventures, Aki tests her powers and leads her brothers on a wild ride through time, and the blues. From the streets of Chicago, the Mississippi Delta, 1960s London and elsewhere, they meet legends before their time, and those who were never known until after their passing.

On the way, Hiro discovers his musical calling, an old flame from Kenji’s past comes back into his life, and Aki discovers her own voice…and they all learn of the power of the blues.

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

This is Young Adult Fiction, with Emphasis on Coming of Age, Adventure, and SciFi/Fantasy. (But I’ve had readers from 13 to their 60’s tell me they loved it!)

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

Transformative Storytelling.

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

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I used to perform in two Boston area casts. I lost count how many time I’ve seen it long ago!

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

“Blues for the West Side,” Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

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

“Lord of the Rings,” J.R.R. Tolkien. I read “The Hobbit” at nine, and LOTR at ten, and I know that had the most profound influence on me. The telling of a tale in a place that took decades to create is something that I don’t think will ever again be approximated.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A series of threads wound together in my mind, and they should never have. Music, especially the blues has always moved and inspired me; my interest in Japanese history and culture, and the idea that if I was going to commit fully to writing, I was going to do “something different.”

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

Hayao Miyazaki. His films are the kind of stories I tell, the world he wants to see, and that’s the kind of world I write about…the one I/we want to see, not the one we’re told to see.

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

Too many things! I’ve been in broadcast radio for over 30 years; I’m currently a news anchor for the Radio Pennsylvania Network, which serves more than 60 stations; I also host an online blues program for the London-based Radio-Airwaves Station (they call me DJ`Riff), and I also play guitar and write songs as well.

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

I am interested in seeing how this story translates to the stage. When I write, I “see” the story, and imagine it in a film or play form. I’m especially intrigued by how others would “read” the story, and how they see the characters as being portrayed.

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

Write! Even if you are not writing a story right this minute, it’s perfectly okay to dream, think of your story, talk with your characters, interview them, listen to their conversations. Do character sketches, do timelines, storylines; all of this is writing. And write what you want written; never write to anyone’s orders, but yours.

 

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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