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.


Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

The First Ones – “Beauty” Transcript Reading by Regina Walker. Performed by Reetu Bambrah

Watch THE FIRST ONES Transcript Reading:

1. What is your novel about?

A lonely, depressed and heartbroken ancient vampire comes across a young girl that is unlike anything he has ever seen. He is curious about her nature and what he eventually finds out about her could endanger the extinction of both humans and vampires.

 2. Why should this novel be read by people?

If a person ever went through their life feeling alone, like no one cares for them or that they don’t fit in anywhere in society—this book is for them. The First Ones caters primarily to young ones who are at a time in their life when they are trying to figure out who they are, where they fit in and what they want out of life. It builds hope that we can have a better future and that good deeds bring good Karma.

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

Original Concept

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

 Star Wars, Superman, Star Trek

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

 The novel was finished in 2013,  but I have had three revisions.

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

 The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

As a kid, I was terrified and fascinated by vampires.  As I got older, I was attracted to them for three reasons: their nature, desire, and loneliness.  Their nature is always looking for love and bonding to their love interest for life.  I wanted this in my own life.  Their desire for blood and difficulty abstaining from it related to my temptations and challenges in life; namely, to remain a loving person in a not so loving world.  Vampires are often outsiders, on the fringe of society. I often felt like I did not fit in as well.   I think these are reasons why people can relate to them.

If I ever wrote a vampire story, it had to be different than what is on television and film. Honestly, nothing is really “new” but you can have an original angle on it.  My angle is not so far out there that you can’t understand it; however, it does blend the lines of good and evil.

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

 Stephanie Myers

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

 Acting, Directing, Producing, and Cosmetology

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?  

I never like entering because I feel like it’s a lotto, but after I made the top twenty best film and tv idea–I feel different about it. Now I realize  it can aid in getting noticed.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? Do your homework. Read books on how to write, get grammar software, google how to prepare to write a book. It will go a long way in you not having to revise your book a million times like I did.


Submit your Novel to the Festival. Three ways to submit:

Actress REETU BAMBRAH – Performing at Novel Festival

Get to know actress Reetu Bambrah. She will performed the winning poetry and novels at the January 1 2016 Writing Festival.

See the winning novels for January:


Watch the winning screenplay readings Reetu performed in:

August 2015 Reading
Written by Howard Fridkin

August 2015 Reading
Written by Leila Ben-Abdallah

August 2015 Reading
by Loris Simon Salum

August 2015 Reading
by JC Mercer Jr.