Novel Transcript: Just Another Desert Sunset by Nikki Broadwell

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Performed by Scott Beaudin

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your novel about?

Just Another Desert Sunset is the story of a coyote who falls in love with a human woman.

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

metaphysical, supernatural and romance

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

Passion personified

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

Bandits

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

Desperado by the Eagles

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

So many from which to choose! right now I’d say The Night Circus

7. What motivated you to write this story?

moving to the desert southwest and feeling the life all around me…I love coyotes and the Native American influence I feel here in Tucson.

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

Einstein

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

I love walking on trails in the desert, doing yoga, the bird life I feed, all animals, including my dog and cat. I’m an environmentalist

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

I could see these people in my mind’s eye—could hear their voices…

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

——Write what you love
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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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Novel Reading: THE SAFE WORD, by Karen Long

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Performed by Rachel Rain Packota

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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: Lemmon’s Journey by Philip Oyok

 

Performed by Rachel Rain Packota

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

“Lemmon’s Journey” is the story of a geriatric, in this case it’s Lemmon Grandee, recently retired and finds himself lost with regards to his life and what else to do.  His wife soon passes away which makes things even worst for him. He stumbles upon a collection of corresponding letters between his deceased wife and runaway daughter that he had been unaware of and takes it upon himself to set things right by traveling to the city his daughter resides and to convince her to return home with him.  But there’s a dark secret waiting for him down the road and it’s going to take plenty of courage not to succumb to it.
 
2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Contemporary Literature.


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

Redemption & Courage.


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

The Godfather.


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


‘As’ – Stevie Wonder.


6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Not necessarily.  But if I were to pick one, it would be ‘Grapes of Wrath’ – John Steinbeck.



7. What motivated you to write this story?
I once was homeless in New York City.  One afternoon while sitting at Central Park, I saw an older man (possibly a grand father) feeding a pair of ducks in a pond alongside his grandson.  I imagined that as the sort of relationship I wish I’d had with my Dad, and thought it would be great to write something related to the two of them.


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


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

Collecting Books and Comic Books.


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

I’ve struggled to find a means of promoting my novel from which the story is about, but have been unfortunate in that aspect.  I wish to use this as further means to get people to know about it.  Also to let the world know that I’m the next best writer out there.


11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
 
Always write blindfolded.  Don’t think about the story, but instead let the story guide you through the darkness into the light.

 

Short Story Reading: NOISES IN THE CEMETERY by Mari Tamez.

 

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story story about?

My story is about the spinetingling events that took place in a cemetery before the embalmment process was universally practiced. These events were witnessed by my grandfather, a gravedigger, during the Great Depression.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Non-fiction mystery that takes place during a historical time.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Unbelievable and horrific

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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

Can’t Take my Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Beloved by Toni Morrison

What motivated you to write this story?

My grandfather was a great story teller. Every Friday night, he stopped by for a visit and told his grandchildren stories about his childhood and life experiences. He also told us ghost stories and legends. This particular story is one that I never forgot. I know that it may be hard to believe but grandfather insisted that it was true. I saw tension and anxiety on his face when he told the story.

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

I miss my grandfather. His stories truly made an impact on me. Because of him, I am now an award-winning writer with 12 traditionally published picture books and 20+ picture books in English and Spanish/Bilingual. In addition, I have published 14 short stories, including one published by Chicken Soup for the Soul. My husband, A. M. Vela, has contributed immensely as a co-writer. You are welcome to see our picture books at http://www.readingforfun.net. (Note: I write for children under the name Mary Esparza-Vela and ho

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am also the inventor of three plush dolls that are “out of this world.” They are so unique that they stop traffic. You may also see them on my website.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

WildSound previously contacted me about submitting a story and I am thrilled to learn that they accepted “Noises in the Cemetery.”

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

Write what you know. This worked for me, thanks to my Grandfather.

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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: GOD’S HANDS by Michael Coleman

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Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

My story is similar to the Fly & Face-Off. Its Gothic Sci-fi medical horror.

Why should this story be read by people?

I think the right reader might make the story live.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Scary future!

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Crow

How long have you been working on this story?

10years+ – It was accessed by NIScreen & got a favourable report. Prob is I am not a scriptwriter!

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mila 18.

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea came to me when reading about the 1st Heart Transplant.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

William Butler Yeats!!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Restoring the Irish language and watersports and family.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

There is a great movie in this story!

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

Be persistent – I need to try and heed my own good advice.

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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 Flatulent Fred by Bill Lawrence

Performed by Val Cole

 What is your short story about?

Supernatural vengeance against a corporate bully

What genres would you say this story is in?

Horror, business, computers

How would you describe this story in two words?

Supernatural vengeance

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

High Plains Drifter (That’s for real and I never thought about it until you asked that question. I like the spooky coincidence considering my last answer)

What is your favorite song?

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

Thunder Road (Springsteen)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

August 1914 by Solzhenitsyn. It’s been a long time since I read it though.

What motivated you to write this story?

Niece and nephew wanted a ghost story with a hint of childish humor.

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

Jesus. Of course, I have it every Sunday so no big deal.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Freedom

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

An email

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

Not until I have success.

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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

Story Transcript Reading of They Drove on Streets Paved with Kindness by John Bauer

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

They Drove on Streets Paved with Kindness narrates how God operates in strange ways. He never pounds the table, showing who He really is. Instead, He seats the table with a cast of arguing brothers, their irreligious father and Roman Catholic mother, decrepit nuns, and a car ready for the junk heap, named Lucy. Oh yeah, there’s this white-haired man who’s not related to anyone who flits in and out. In the end, well, I’m not going to tell you the end. Simply, though, God blesses individuals whether they deserve it or not. Strange God.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Family, Inspirational, Christian, Contemporary Adult

How would you describe this story in two words?

God’s Grace

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Tie-It’s A Wonderful Life and the Big Lebowski

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

Suzanne by Leonard Cohen

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Everything written by Ernest Hemingway. His prose was pure.
Farewell to Arms; The Sun Also Rises.

What motivated you to write this story?

Maybe, as a result of hearing or reading this story, it moves others to love others a little bit more, and show their love in positive ways.

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

Jesus Christ, of course – but since he was God and you are asking for a person— I would like to have dinner with Muhammad Ali, several evenings after he’d recover from the Thrilla in Manila with Joe Frazier.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Grandkids come first. Being a productive human being, second.
Notre Dame football, NY Jets, Mets, and Knicks, a masochistic third.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I would like to eventually write a screenplay and see it brought to film. This was a first step. To subject it to public criticism and critique which will only refine it and make it better. Maybe a producer will hear it and be interested.

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

There’s only a puddle of sweat awaiting you as a writer.
Drink plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated.
And, if you are old, like me, have a toilet nearby.

 

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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