Winning Short Story Reading: Always Watching… by Kordale Gibson

Story performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

My short story is about a man killing someone who he feels deserves to die. The story is told exclusively through this man’s stream of consciousness, revealing his beliefs, motives, & revelations.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Suspense, Mystery

How would you describe this story in two words?

Thrilling eye-opener

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Life
If not, The Dark Knight

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

I Love music way too much to have a favorite song.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I have so many more books on my list, but as of now, my favorite would have to be The Talented Mr. Ripely.

What motivated you to write this story?

My friends & I were debating whether a serial killer could be completely sane or not. I was on the side saying that they could be. So I, the writer of the group, decided to come up with a story or series of events that would turn a sane man into a serial killer. In other words, this kind of started out as a joke. But when I started writing it, I saw that it was actually coming out pretty good. So I decided to challenge myself & continue the story seriously. I veered away from the whole serial killer thing & kept to whatever was coming to me. I actually wrote the entire thing without knowing what I was going to do or where I was going with it. I literally just thought as I wrote. That’s what I’m most impressed about, personally.

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

Probably Albert Einstein

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music!!

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I’ve been writing for a while now, but I started out writing poems & lyrics. I started getting into storytelling & Loved it. I also found out I was really good at it. This short story was my first attempt at creating a story & it came out great in the eyes of myself & everyone who read it. So after that, I decided to pursue that form of writing. I started writing more stories & realized I could possibly do this for the rest of my life. In order to do that, I’d have to get my work out there. And that’s why I did this.

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

Keep writing, only if you have passion for it. Try to write as often as you can & constantly challenge yourself. Don’t compare your writing to others’, your writing can touch people others’ can’t. Write for yourself before writing for anyone else.

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Novel Transcript Reading of A POOR MAN’S TRUCE by H.E. Scott

Poem performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the poet:

What is your novel about?

Jacq accidentally murders a man, and unwittingly reveals more than the assassin he worked for. His desire to escape poverty is now a flight for his life. His mistakes change the lives of many people, gain him many enemies and lead him in a direction he never thought he would go.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Fantasy, Adventure

How would you describe this story in two words?

Action, redemption

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Avatar

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

White Wedding by Billy Idol

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Freedom’s Landing by Anne McCaffery. A Sci-Fi Trilogy.

What motivated you to write this story?

I have a very vivid imagination. I have always wanted to write a novel and decided, after attending a writer’s conference, that I better just start writing. I didn’t have a plan, it just came out on the page. Eventually the characters drove the story.

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

I am very interested in history. I would like to meet and have dinner with Paul Revere. I went to Boston a few years ago and visited his house. It would be so amazing to sit down with him and talk about the American Revolution.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I like to volunteer. I am a Director for a non-profit society called Equitas Disabled Soldiers Funding Society. We raise funds to assist Canadian Veterans. I also am a Director for Tabitha Canada, a non-profit organization, which assists very poor Cambodian people. This year I am taking a team of about 12 people to Cambodia to build houses through Tabitha Cambodia. This organization was started by Janne Ritskies, a very dedicated lady from Ontario, Canada.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

It was time to push myself out of my safety net and share my creation.

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

Just write, write, write. Be part of a writing group, go to conferences, meet other writers. Don’t be afraid to put your work out there.

Novel Transcript Reading: THE SCENT OF MY SON: IN GOD WE TRUST, by Adrienne Miranda

Performed by Val Cole

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 Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

My continued search for justice for the brutal murder of my son.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

True Crime/ Inspiration and Faith

How would you describe this story in two words?

Unconscionable injustice

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

What a Wonderful Life

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

What a wonderful world/somewhere over the rainbow.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

To kill a Mockingbird

What motivated you to write this story?

The deep love and devotion I have for my son and knowing that the truth must be told. I have been beaten down continually over the past 10 years and these wrong doers must be held accountable and stopped.

My story details the beastly hate, greed and injustice that permeates through our society every day. I want to make a difference and all lives matter.

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

My son Joseph

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My faith, children, extending kindness to others, movies,
Music, singing, dance, Bible study, uplifting others, advocacy and never giving up.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Finally Knowing the truth and having all the proof that my sons brutal and tragic murder has been covered up by law-enforcement and prosecutors at every level.

So many people are supporting me to get my story out there for all people to know and understand that this horrific and hideous nightmare could happen to any parent.

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

When you know in your heart that your story must be told, write it. It is good to journal with dates and facts.

Always let your heart and soul guide you and when you begin put together a 1-2 page summary of the main theme, The plot thickening and your goals.

I had an important, crucial message to send; when you do make sure you deliver it.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Chapter 1 Novel Transcript: No Accountability by Keith Lawton

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

– The novel is about my early childhood, being bought up in council care, through to modern day

What genres would you say this novel is in?

– Memoir

How would you describe this story in two words?

– Helping Others

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

– Great Expectations

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

– Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

– The Grass Arena (John Healy)

What motivated you to write this story?

– Close friend encouraged

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

– My Father

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

– My Dog

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

– Goodreads

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

– Don’t rush – Read through – leave it alone for 2 months, then re-visit & revise – Do the same again for another 8 weeks – Edit, Edit, & Edit – get it proof read & re-visit again

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Novel Transcript: Digby’s Diary, by E D Bird One

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

A pack of various breeds of dogs set out on a mission to protect two young boys from certain danger, only to find that there is another child who must be rescued from the hands of villains.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Adventure

How would you describe this story in two words?

Exciting adventure

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Marley and Me

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

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Watchers, by Deane Koontz

What motivated you to write this story?

My standard French poodle, Digby

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

My dad

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I believe it is a wonderful story about dogs and children, and should be seen as well as read.

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

Keep writing!

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Prologue Novel Reading of Light of Hope, by S.T. Collins

Performed by Val Cole

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Synopsis: Light of Hope by S. T. Collins introduces the lead character, Vikki Nelson, a 30-something divorcée who has just been hired as a case manager. The central theme of this fictional novel is domestic violence, but it also includes relationship issues, romance, office politics, and takes place at a social service agency: the Light of Hope, in Pittsburgh, PA. Although Vikki’s main focus in life has always been to help others, she can’t help it when she falls for her boss. Their relationship is passionate and forbidden, but it fills a void in Vikki’s heart. Her boss, Robert Cuccio, is so unlike Vikki’s abusive ex-husband. With all of the recent publicity about domestic violence in today’s society, S. T. Collins hopes that this book is not only entertaining, but will help empower those victims of domestic violence to change their lives for the benefit of their families.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

I would describe Light of Hope as a combination of a contemporary fiction in which the primary theme is a romantic suspense with a domestic violence theme.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Passionate Crusader

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Titanic by James Cameron with Leonardo DeCaprio and Kate Winslet

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

A Day in the Life by the Beatles

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

What motivated you to write this story?

a psychic reading that foretold its publishing and the belief that I had led a tempestuous life

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

Cary Grant

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

As a former educator for over twenty years, I love to help others achieve success in their lives, especially when faced with great obstacles to overcome. I am planning to go back to school and become a psychologist who operates my own social services agency so that I may encourage the downtrodden to become empowered to change their lives for the better.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

In bringing awareness to the underlying theme of my book: domestic violence, my desire is to demonstrate that anyone can be susceptible to physical or emotional abuse. I believed that a performance of my story would enlighten people to the societal scourge of domestic violence, which is often hidden from the public, in a way that would not only entertain the audience, but strike a chord within people to either advocate for violence victims, or as a victim become empowered to end the cycle of abuse through education and therapy. In addition, I want to remove the stygma of victimization as somehow being the fault of the abused who is relegated to a life sentence of misery.

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

My advice is to be determined to write about what is important to you, and be willing to work diligently to impress your story into the minds and hearts of those who you want to influence.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1st Chapter Novel Reading of Ella: A Stepmum’s Tale, by J L Higgs

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

It looks at the Cinderella fairytale from the Wicked Stepmother’s view through the eyes of a reporter. Essentially it shows there are many different sides to each story depending
on who you ask, the need to let go of prejudice and appreciate the inner beauty of a person. It is about facing obstacles and becoming a survivor instead of a victim.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Humorous fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

fairytale realism

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Bourne Identity

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

Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No, it changes depending on my mood.

What motivated you to write this story?

I have been viewed as the wicked stepmother by my stepchildren. The way they saw accounts was very different to my own.

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

Noah

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Gardening, Charity work

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I have been told it would make a good movie so I thought this would give me some idea whether to go down that track or not.

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

Get a good editing package like Grammarly BEFORE you publish your book. Your friends will not pick up all the mistakes.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne