NOVEL Transcript Reading: CYBORN, by Mark Renshaw

FULL NAME – Mark Renshaw

TYPE OF STORY – Sci-fi comedy. The novel is 81,000 words long.

A cyborg private detective infected with a tekvirus teams up with a sexbot operated by his estranged daughter (#awkward) to solve all his cases and find a cure before he shuts down.

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Festival Moderators: Matthew Toffolo, Rachel Elder

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editors: Kimberly Villarruel, Ryan Haines, John Johnson

Festival Directors: Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: Ryan Haines, Temitope Akinterinwa, Efren Zapata, Zack Arch

Novel Transcript Reading: The Dragon of Time: Gods and Dragons by Aaron Dennis

Watch the August 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

The Dragon of Time: Gods and Dragons by Aaron Dennis

Novel reading performed by actor Geoff Mays.

Get to know the novelist: 

1. What is your novel about?

Scar is an amnesiac, seeking only his origins, yet in the midst of the
religious wars broiling over the world of Tiamhaal, Zoltek, an evil king,
enlists the warrior’s services. After botching a mission, Zoltek makes an
attempt on Scar’s life, but the hero flees into the desert night,
whereupon he meets a knight, claiming that the Gods worshipped today are
actually the Dragons of ages past. After scuffling with the stranger, Scar
meets an enemy captain, who reveals that his king, Gilgamesh, knows of
Scar’s origins, that he is the rightful heir to the ancient kingdom of
Alduheim, where the Dragons were defeated ages ago.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

This story is beyond a book; it is a work of art. On the surface, this
story is about a man, who tries to learn of his origins while the world
around him is engulfed by war, but it is actually much more. This story,
which is only the first of The Dragon of Time series, is about the duality
of man; his proclivity for peace, friendship, and love pitted against his
darkest desires for revenge, death, and sorrow. It is an instant classic,
which will redefine the fantasy genre.

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

Man’s resolve

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

Army of Darkness; literally over a thousand times.

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

Gods and Dragons took nearly two years to complete. I even hired Chuck
Sambuchino, and with his editing advice, I learned how to transform my
words on pages into a work of art. Readers won’t even know they’re
reading; it just assaults the senses.

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

Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda. My life is greatly influenced by
his work, though my work does not reflect his own reportage.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

All my novels are motivated by the same idea; I have stories in my head,
and I enjoy committing them to paper, and sharing them with everyone.
That’s also why I’ve made the e-book version of Gods and Dragons free
through Smashwords, Barnes and Noble online, and iBooks. All I can add is
that I’m a very creative, imaginative person, and I have to complete one
story, so that I can move on to the next one. If I don’t, I think my mind
grapes will pop.

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

If he’s buying, I guess DaVinci. We are counting dead people, right?

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

Peace and harmony.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

Admittedly, I was just trolling my Twitter feed and saw the opportunity. I
know Gods and Dragons will make a great movie; there’s no doubt about
it–a big, strong, amnesiac warrior with healing abilities like Wolverine,
a brand, new world where the people who think they worship Gods are
actually worshipping Dragons, Dragons who bestow unique physical and
magical characteristics upon their followers–this is an instant hit.
Forget Harry Potter. Forget The Lord of the Rings. Forget A Song of Ice
and Fire. Gods and Dragons isn’t a little boy with a wand, it isn’t some
tiny man with a dagger, and it definitely isn’t a soap opera with swords
thrown into the mix; this is a real adventure.

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

Hire an editor. You guys are putting words on pages, and that’s great, but
editors transform those words, they coax the hidden emotions from between
the words, they paint a journey with those words. There’s a reason the
best writers have teams of editors combing through their mess; writers
write stories, but editors tell tales.

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story Reading: INSIDE OUT by Phaedra Greenwood

Watch the June 2016 winning short story.

INSIDE OUT  by Phaedra Greenwood

Performed by Marsha Mason

Get to know writer Phaedra Greenwood:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

My one-page short story is about a man who has his prayers answered. But not the way he expected.

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

The genre is flash fiction and humor.

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

I would describe this story as “dark humor.”

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

The movie I’ve seen the most in my life is “Groundhog Day.” Deja vu!

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

I wrote this story in one sitting, in about half an hour. I shortened it up for your contest, which took about five minutes.

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

I love Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell, his vivid, creative use of language.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I was assigned to write a short story in dialogue for a creative writing class at Duke University.

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

I would love to have dinner (or take a road trip) with the journalist and novelist Michael Ventura.

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

Apart from writing, I am passionate about nature, water and photography. Combining all three is my political statement and spiritual mission to help save this beautiful endangered planet

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

Well, dang me if your contest didn’t just pop up on my screen when I was online. I thought, Well, why not? I have short stories that have never been out of the file. Maybe it’s a sign. And it would be such a kick to see it performed.

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

Advice to fellow writers: It’s good to get your work out there any way you can, make yourself visible, communicate. Meet a deadline. As a creative writing teacher of 20 years, I know everyone has a story to tell. So tell it!

Interview with Novelist Clint Thurmon (Superi World)

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Interview with Clint Thurmon:

Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?

Clint Thurmon : Young adult action and love. But mostly an introduction into the planet.

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

CT: To escape earth or the reality of their lives. The superi series offers an adventure unlike any other since it is based on Superi. I created every aspect of the planet and it’s rules, I offer you a chance to escape to a world abilities and strengths unlike everywhere else.

MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?

CT: Escapade Abyss

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

CT: Boondock Saints

MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?

CT: No never. I only started writing to give my ADHD something to do or more accurately focus on.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

CT: Not really. There are things I love about many books but no one stands out.

MT: Have you read a novel more than once?

CT: The Giver

MT: What motivates you to write?

CT: The love of telling the story. I write to make the voices in my head lessen 🙂

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

CT: Leonardo Da Vinci

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

CT: My kids / martial arts

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

CT: Don’t stop. Remember there are too many ways to outsource something your not good at. If you can’t do something then find the right person for that job.

Clint Thurmon Bio – I am a married father of 6 children that works in the high voltage field all around the USA. I weight train for strength and fight in Muy Thai for my relaxation. I have always been in one type of martial arts in one way or another, whether it was an actual dojo or simply learning with friends, trying different moves or learning new tactics. I’m a native Texan that has moved a lot over the years chasing the all mighty dollar. J Lived many places but we are back in TX now and hopefully will stay here.

Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Watch DISTURBED, 1st Chapter Reading of the Novel by Suzanne Wilson

Submit by October 15th and SAVE $50 on Full Novel Submissions.

Watch the 1st Chapter Reading of DISTURBED:

STORY Read By – Erynn Brook

Best Scene Novel genre: Drama, Mystery, Supernatural


The novel is about a young man who is being tormented by a malevolent spirit. The spirit is looking for revenge against his family for her untimely death. She uses seduction as a weapon against him and when he tries to resist her and seek help from his friends and family, they think he’s losing his mind.