Excerpt from – A Chance For Life by Laura Anne Ewald

Performed by Michelle Alexander

BUY on Amazon

What is your novel about?

Sam has never wanted children of her own, but when she is given an ultimatum, can Sam give up life as she knows it for another woman’s child she never wanted?

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Contemporary women’s fiction, little “R” romance, Christian worldview.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Pro life.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

It must be White Christmas–at least once a year since I was a little girl.

How long have you been working on this story?

From start to published, it took about 15 months.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

It must be Anne McCaffrey’s The Lady (Ballantine Books, 1987). It’s a lovely story of family set in Ireland’s horse country in the early 1970s..

What motivated you to write this story?

A dream. Seriously, I woke one morning with the cast and story line just screaming to be written.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Sue Coleman. She’s the only artist I’ve consciously collected. Her juxtaposition of naturalistic painting and Northwest Coast Native American formline draws me into the woods, onto the beach, back to the Pacific Northwest. I can study one of her paintings, of which I have several prints, and almost smell the salt water and fir trees.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Puppets and puppet theater! I’m smack in the middle of prepping for our third annual Festival of Lessons & Carols with Puppets this week. The brand new 3 kings are dressed and waiting for their eyelashes, makeup, and hats!

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

My background in theater, I’m certain. There’s just something very special about hearing the words you’ve written read aloud by someone else.

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

Creatively speaking, never stop reading, never stop writing, and never let anyone tell you either one isn’t worth doing. Technically speaking, save your work—often—and use a reliable back-up tool (flash drive, external hard drive, cloud—or all of the above)!

****

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed
SCREENPLAY CONTESTFIRST SCENE (first 10pgs) SCREENPLAY CONTEST
Submit the first stages of your film and get full feedback!

Winning Short Story Reading: DESTINY OF JOY by Mary Eastham

Watch the winning June 2016 short story.

DESTINY OF JOY by Mary Eastham

Reading performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know Mary Eastham:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Destiny of Joy is the story of two teenage runaways trying to figure out life on the streets.

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

Short story/Literary fiction/Fiction/Women’s fiction

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

Lost boys…

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

It has to be two really. I fall asleep sometimes listening to the soundtrack of the Sound of Music because it was my mother’s favorite movie. I was a young girl when I lost her. She was my biggest fan. The second very different film is The Lover based on the memoir-ish novel of the same name by Marguerite Duras, the story of forbidden love in 1920’s Saigon. I want to write a story this spectacular…

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

Some stories come to you as gifts. Destiny of Joy was just that for me. I live very near the San Jose Airport here in Silicon Valley, known for the wealthy tech industry.
And yet, as I run in this area every day with my dogs, I see more and more homeless encampments popping up under bridges, in strip-mall back alleys, in the dirty backyards of foreclosed abandoned buildings. The opening line…Andy and Eddy lie in the tall weeds just below the flight path watching the bellies of planes almost touch the tops of trees… came to me when I saw two young boys, one hoisting the other up and into a trash bin. I couldn’t get the image of those two boys trash trolling out of my head. The rest of the story came together quickly after that.

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

Two novels continue to inspire my writing – Evening by Susan Minot and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Seeing those two boys trolling the trash bin inspired the writing of Destiny of Joy. I wanted to rescue them somehow. I tried to do that in my story.

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

John Legend. I love his music. We could eat, drink wine and sing together. I would be in heaven…

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

I love to run with my Golden Retrievers, I love music and singing and I love to move in general. I dance around the house all the time (and around my stripper pole)!

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

You produced my poem Beautiful Angel Goddess which I was thrilled about and it’s a writer’s dream to see a story they’ve written performed.

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

You are never done. All good writers, and I hope I am one, are never really done. There is something new to be learned every day. I try to fall asleep thinking about what my story needs. It doesn’t happen always but sometimes I dream of the perfect tweak to move the story forward in an amazing way. Oh, hell, writing is a bitch.

But there is nothing I would rather be doing! Thank you so much for your inspiring questions.

****

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch Full Novel Made into a Movie: ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO

Watch ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO. Full Novel by Albert Russo:

Full in 8 Parts: Watch them all here

Novel Written by Albert Russo

ADOPTED BY AN AMERICAN HOMOSEXUAL IN THE BELGIAN CONGO
published by l’Aleph, Wisehouse Publishing

http://l-aleph.com/wordpress/?p=610

http://www.amazon.com/dp/9187751321/r…

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

Narration by David Kinsman

Visual Design by Vira Solovyova

Chapter 2 Reading of Large is the Smallest We’ve Got by JED HAMILTON. Performed by Reetu Bambrah

Watch Chapter 2 of LARGE IS THE SMALLEST WE GOT:

Get to know writer Jed Hamilton:

1. What is your novel about?

An unlikely mix of people, thrown together by the LA Earthquake, 1994.
A story of love lost and found…
A story of greed and corruption. ….
A story about a phoney ghost-hunter show… and a dog that looks like a panda.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Some people who have read it tell me they go on thinking about it, and even re-read it. It is (ultimately) a very moving tale.
The opening comedy is deceptive

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

Funny, moving

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

A toss between ‘His Girl Friday’ or ‘The Producers’

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

2 Years

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

Bleak House – no contest.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

Living in LA for 10 years

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

Matt Stone or Trey Parker . If they don’t count as artists, David Hockney

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

Playing the piano – and composing. I’ve scored a few movies.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

Having parts of my book read by actors

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

Write, write and write
Don’t re-write until you’ve finished the book, or you get bogged down.

Submit your Novel to the Festival. Three ways to submit: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch YOU ARE AMONG THE MONSTERS Chapter 1 Novel Reading

YOU ARE AMONG THE MONSTERS part 1 Reading
Written by Jon R. Flieger

STORY Read By – Frances Steyck

Best Scene Novel genre: Drama, Crime, Relationship

SYNOPSIS:

The opening chapter of “YOU ARE Among The Monsters” introduces us to Ian, who handles moving dead bodies (or “transfers”).

    * * * * *

DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Watch this month’s winners:
http://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/08/14/watch-the-august-2015-winning-novel-readings-and-movies-submit-your-own-novel-by-august-15th/

Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/novel_and_short_story_readings.html