Novel Transcript Reading: DESTINY FORTUNE FATE, by Scott Lorenz

 

Performed by Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

  1. What is your novel about?

 

Destiny Fortune and Fate a Triad Romance Thriller

 

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

 

Romance Thriller

 

 

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

 

 

Sensation of Suspense

 

 

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

 

Gandhi

 

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

 

Whitney Houston – I will always love you – When you Believe 

 

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

 

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

 

  1. What motivated you to write this story?

 

After living in Mexico for a while and seeing the different traditions

 

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

 

Dalai Lama

 

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

 

Family, Travel, Food and Drink

 

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

 

Scott Lorenz

 

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

 

Never give up on Leaving a Legacy for your Family and Friends

 

 

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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SHORT STORY Best Scene Reading of TERROR AT THE STERLING, by Jeff Dawson

 

Genre: Horror

“Terror at the Sterling” is a short horror story based on actual events where the desk clerk is required to perform a simple eviction that plunges him back to the unsolved murders from thirty years ago.

CAST LIST:

Narrator/Mel: Hugh Ritchie
RJ: Nick Baillie
911 Operator: Susan Q. Wilson
Sergeant: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about? Let’s use the blurb for this one:

February 2013. The day started out normal enough for Mel: emails, phone calls, and general business issues. His normal routine was about to be disrupted when the new General Manager, Cheryl, told him and Jimmy to evict the two hookers whose rent was three days past due. Mel shivered at the thought. The last eviction, six months ago, still haunted him. He couldn’t erase the memory of the blood and gore, he and his partner RJ witnessed. What they saw reminded him of story the ole’ timer told him about the unsolved murders of two oil men in 1973.

Join Mel, as he embarks on a simple eviction that plunges him into the horrors and truths of the crimes from 1973.

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

Horror/Suspense. Some readers have compared it to Stephen King’s “The Shining.”

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

Hair-raisingly frightful

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

Patton

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

Johnny Rivers, “Dancing in the Moonlight.” It was my high school (RIP 7-20-2009) favorite song back in the day

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

Not really.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Lee Shendelman, the night clerk at the Sterling told me about this bizarre event when they were evicting two residents. Short version, he went to the room-card key didn’t work. Desk manager came up-card key didn’t work. Tried a master. Door opened to a tornado strike! Found the guys. Went back to the room. Everything was in place-nothing destroyed. How’s that for a plot line?

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

Erwin Rommel. Next to George Patton, he was an expert tactician. Lucky for us we had George or might all be speaking German.

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

Model railroading, World War Two and fishing.

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

Exposure, what else. I submitted it several times before it was picked. Anxious to see how the performers pulled it off.

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

I’ve lost count how many people have told me they have a story and don’t know where to start. It’s simple, stop procrastinating, sit down and start doing it.

12. For more information on other works, please visit my Amazon page:

https://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Dawson/e/B0054DRYIO/ref=la_B0054DRYIO_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1518015307&sr=1-2

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

January 2018 Novel & Short Story Winners

ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT
January 2018 Reading
by Kim Montgomery
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – TO DANCE WITH UGLY PEOPLE
January 2018 Reading
by Lorene Stunson Hill
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – THE KA
January 2018 Reading
by Mary Deal
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CULL BLOODLINE
January 2018 Reading
by Eric J. Gates
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – MINUTE OF DARKNESS
January 2018 Reading
by JD Daniels
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – CACHE A PREDATOR
January 2018 Reading
by Michelle Weidenbenner
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – AUNT SOOKIE ME
January 2018 Reading
by Michael Scott Garvin
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – STORIES NOT FOR CHILDREN
January 2018 Reading
by Georgi Ivanov
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – SHARLEYS LESSONS
January 2018 Reading
by RK Vetter
ACTOR SHORT STORY Reading – UNREQUITED LOVE
January 2018 Reading
by Heidi Rhonehouse
ACTOR SHORT STORY Reading – EVERYTHING
January 2018 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
ACTOR NOVEL Transcript Reading – THE MOON HATERS
January 2018 Reading
by Simon Ciappara

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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 EVERYTHING, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Carina Cojeen

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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 UNREQUITED LOVE by Heidi Rhonehouse

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your story about?

This story is a small piece of my own life story. I was married for 8 years and it was an extremely difficult road filled with rejection, disappointment and a lot of grief. This story of “Ruth” and her unrequited love tells the story of disappointment and rejection, but it also tells about the growth that comes with such an experience and the potential it has to bring healing and renewed hope and a better understanding of what true love does look like.

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

non-fiction/faith

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

transparent, hopeful.

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

I would say “Milo & Otis” only because a little girl I used to babysit years ago was obsessed with it and we would watch it over and over and over and over and over every day, all day. At least it was a cute movie!

5. What is your favorite song?

There’s a lot of songs I love, but one of my most recent favorites is “It is Well,” performed by Kristene DiMarco (It Is Well – Kristene DiMarco & Bethel Music – You Make Me Brave …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI )
(Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

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

I LOVE “Anne of Green Gables”

7. What motivated you to write this story?

It was actually a way for me to sort out what I was feeling, to express it, and try to piece together how I got to that point in my life. If I can’t figure out where I went wrong, then I am in danger of repeating the same mistakes. I decided to share the story, because I know I’m not alone in experiencing such a grief as that. Also, in hearing other people’s story of failed relationships, the biggest approach to it I’ve seen is allowing oneself to continue to be defeated and feel like a victim. I think it is so crucial to not just acknowledge where someone has hurt us, but it’s imperative that we also to take a look in the mirror, let God search our hearts to see what needs to change in us. When we do that we come out stronger and our feet are more apt to be set on solid ground onto a better and happier path.

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

Well, I think I would pick an alive person, because that would be really gross to eat dinner with a dead person. LOL! Okay, seriously, I think Joni Eareckson Tada. She is an incredible lady and what a ministry she has!

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

I’ve a heart for vulnerable adults, whether they’re battling a disability or illness, homelessness, or they’re simply up in years. The vulnerable adults are often overlooked in society and of all people, these are the ones who have a story to tell. They need to know someone cares and they also need to know that despite what circumstances may look like, there is a God who loves them and He’s got them in His hand.

Aside from that, I love animals and I love to follow different pet therapy groups and see the work they do such as taking dogs and cats to hospitals and nursing homes or equine therapy organizations that help kids and adults with disabilities through interaction with the horses. I love music. I play a flute and I’m actually learning to play bagpipes and I love it! I love to be outdoors and just see all that God has made for us.

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

Honestly, when I wrote the story, I never thought I would ever submit it someplace to be performed, but when I found out about such an opportunity, I thought it would be an incredible opportunity to reach out to even more and bring them a sense of comfort and hope. I hope it does just that.

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

Really, the only thing I can think of is something I’ve heard so much. Write about what you know. When we write about what we know – not just simply head knowledge, but our life experiences, our disappointments, our hopes, our faith; it let’s others know they are not alone. It doesn’t matter the genre you pick to deliver the story, when you write from your heart, your message shines through and reaches the people it was meant to reach and it can make someone’s world that much brighter.

Heidi Rhonehouse

https://heidisstorycorner.weebly.com

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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: Aunt Sookie & Me, by Michael Scott Garvin

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Young Poppy Wainwright feels much like a deck of cards, shuffled around from a boozing mother to a beloved grandmother. Finally bussed to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her grandmother’s cantankerous sister, Sookie. Through the enlightened eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl, the hilarity and insanity ensues.

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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: CACHE A PREDATOR, by Michelle Weidenbenner

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Cache a Predator is a thriller about a father who wants custody of his five year old daughter, but the judge grants his ex-wife, an addict, custody instead.

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

Thriller, mystery, suspense

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

Heart-wrenching

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

Home Alone – I used to watch it with my children when they were younger. Now I watch it with my grandchildren. It’s so fun.

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

I love and appreciate most music except heavy metal. I don’t have one song that I sing more than others. When I was little I learned how to play a large organ and then transitioned to the piano. I’m not very good, but I love playing classical music. My youngest daughter took Suzuki piano. I used to enjoy playing all those songs with her.

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

No, but I tend to lean toward middle grade and YA fiction. One of my favorite books was Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. However, I probably read just as much nonfiction, if not more. Recently I’ve been reading Chasing the Scream, by Johann Hari, because addiction is a universal problem, and I wanted to learn how I could help addicts. I also love to read leadership books, so I can better coach myself, my grandkids, and other writers.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Years ago, my brother was worried he was going to lose his son in a divorce custody battle. He felt frustrated, and I felt bad for him. It didn’t end up that way, but it made me think about how many times good dads get a bum deal. When I began plotting the novel in my head, I thought, who is the bad guy? Whom do most people loathe the most? Pedophiles, right? I wanted to bring awareness to addiction and show what geocaching is, too. People thought I made up the geocaching game, because they’d never heard of it before they read the book. This book is hidden in geocaching sites all over the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. My initial intention was for each book, one planted in each state, was for each book to travel to all 50 states, but geocachers have placed it in sites all over the world as they traveled. It’s amazing to watch how many thousands of miles some books have traveled.

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

We just saw The Greatest Showman. I’d love to have dinner with Hugh Jackman. I’d have a list of questions to ask him.

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

I’m a leadership coach, speaker and John Maxwell trainer. I love being a part of a positive team of people who want to serve others and light up the world. When I’m not writing or coaching, I’m playing pickleball. I’m crazy about the sport. To improve my game, I’ve started weight lifting. I feel stronger than I ever have, but so far it hasn’t improved my game. Darn.

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

People have told me that the book would make a good movie. I want to learn how to write screen plays. That’s on my bucket list. When I write, I visualize things happening on a stage, so I thought it would be interesting to hear a part of the story told by actors.

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

Find a tribe of successful writers who you want to emulate. Ask them to mentor you. Join their circle. You’ll learn so much faster. Study what works for them.

Before I was published, a young woman (Kelly) asked me to write her memoir because she wasn’t physically able. (She’s a quadriplegic.) I pitched her story to a literary agent who told me not to waste my time writing her book. He said it would never sell. At that time, I didn’t know how to self-publish. But his challenge prompted me to make friends with writers/authors online who were willing to help. I learned the industry, published five books that became best-sellers and award-winning, and then went back to Kelly and said, “Let’s write your book now. We don’t need anyone to help. I know how to do this.”

Her book sells better than any of my other books, and it’s optioned for a movie. (Fractured Not Broken) Don’t ever let someone tell you it can’t be done. Find a way to write the story God intended you to write, and surround yourself with others who will show you how.

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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