June 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

 

ACTORSHORT Story – BEFORE AND AFTER
June 2017 Reading
by S. Pfeiffer

ACTORSHORT Story – ALWAYS WATCHING
June 2017 Reading
by Kordale Gibson

ACTORSHORT Story – THERE ARE NO LIGHTS IN NAPLES
June 2017 Reading
by Dennis L. Havlin
ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A POOR MAN’S TRUCE
June 2017 Reading
by H.E. Scott

 

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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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Winning Short Story: On the Hill by Kenya Abney

Performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

The main character’s childhood boyfriend breaks up with her before they go off to college. It is about how she lets that event overshadow all the events unfolding around her.

Why should this story be read by people?

Everyone has experienced an unexpected ending of a relationship. Some people live in the emotions of loss. Others take a pause and move unto the next moments in life.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Relatable experience.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Love Jones

How long have you been working on this story?

It took me a couple of hours to write it. And, it took a little longer for me to cut it down to fit on one page.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No.

What motivated you to write this story?

I wrote it based on a writing prompt that I found online.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Alice Walker. She has lived an interesting life. She creates great characters. I would like to get her perspective on life and writing.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I enjoy reading, watching movies and dramatic television. To be honest, I am still discovering/uncovering my passions.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

One of my resolutions for this year is to give my writing a chance to be read. I entered the Novel Festival because it is amazing for someone to bring my words to life. I am interested to see how a professional actor would interpret what I wrote.

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

1. You probably won’t get it right on the first try. Allow those words to give you freedom. Whether it is good or bad, write it down. You can do rewrites until it is where you want it to be.

2. Sometimes you must let go of good words. You will probably write a sentence or paragraph that you are absolutely in love with. In the rewrite, it may not fit anymore. Or, someone will read it and make suggestions on how you can improve upon it. To give your story the greatest chance at being its best, you should be open to making improvements.

3. You are courageous and fantastic. It is daring to take something from your imagination and give it a life. It is fanciful to be creative. Writers are sometimes hard on themselves and their work. Since it comes from your head, you are in your head about it. Believe you can nurture and birth your work into the world. Have enough Faith in yourself to take action with your writing.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Excerpt from – A Chance For Life by Laura Anne Ewald

Performed by Michelle Alexander

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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)!

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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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.

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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”).

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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