Novel Transcript: MINUTE OF DARKNESS, by JD Daniels

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Novel Transcript of the CULL: Bloodline, by Eric J. Gates

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Performed by Laura Kyswaty

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

‘the CULL – Bloodline’ is the first book of a five-book series (all available) which presents a completely original take on vampire lore. No fangs or morphing into bats here; just adrenaline-pumping fury as two female Federal agents face the unimaginable!

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

Paranormal Thriller

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

Fast-paced page-turner.

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

‘Young Frankenstein’ – it never gets old.

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

Eric Clapton’s ‘Rolling Thunder’

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

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A long story. I jokingly remarked to my cousin, a few years back, that my next novel should be a vampire tale a everyone else was doing this. I was immediately asked if her young daughter could be in it. Hoisted by my own petard, at least I thought I’d make it fresh and original. Subsequent research showed that almost everything we think we know about vampires is wrong – even to the extent that ‘Dracula’ was based on Vlad Tepes, the Transilvanian prince. ‘the CULL’ series is firmly planted in the technological 21st Century but captures the horror of the original vampire novels.

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

The late British author, John Gardner, a master of thrillers.

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

Cinema, technology.

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

I’m always interested in exploring new avenues to showcase my work.

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

The key is Patience and Perserverance. Then more Patience and Perserverance. Good old hard work.

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Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Novel Transcript Reading of The Ka, by Mary Deal

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Archaeologists discover a tomb in Valley of the Queens containing hieroglyphs coded with magic and spells that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

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

Suspense

Fantasy

Paranormal

History

Time-Travel

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

Historical fantasy

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

Ladyhawke (1985) American Fantasy

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

I have no favorite song. I lived in Hawaii for 22 years and greatly favor Hawaiian music. I maintain a huge library of music of all kinds; classical, 1950s era, country/western, opera, jazz, foreign language music, and so much more. I play whatever suits my mood.

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

Grapes of Wrath (It is a depiction of my mother’s life as her family of 12 crossed the country, living in an old school bus during the Great Depression.)

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I woke in the wee hours from a vivid dream. In the dream I saw multiple scenes of Ancient Egypt, heard their voices, saw their costumes, their buildings, etc. It was real. I could detect a story. As I lay thinking about the strange and vivid dream, I must have gone back to sleep because I woke with a start, seeing one vivid still picture. At that point I knew I had a new novel to write. I immediately went to my PC in my pajamas and wrote for a solid five hours capturing every detail I had seen in the dream. Then I spent four years researching 3500 years of Egyptian dynasties to find the best place to weave my threads of fantasy.

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

My mother, to talk about her creativity. She was a country/western/blues singer/musician and could create a song out of hearing one or two words spoken.

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

I am a self-taught oil painter and have been told some of my work is similar to Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. I am also a photographer. I maintain marydealfineart.com and sell prints of my paintings and photography online.

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

I had entered the Logline to my novel, The Ka, in one of your offerings sometime ago and it received a favorable response.

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

All the stories rattling around in your mind do not get written unless you apply yourself and write them. I’ve been asked many times if I would write a person’s story for them. My response is that I cannot see what is in another person’s mind. Only you can visualize the story and write the details. Only you can make your story unique because it comes directly from you.

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Novel Reading of TO DANCE WITH UGLY PEOPLE by Lorene Stunson Hill

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

.Dani Marie Dobson, a High School student, suffers from low self esteem and feelings of inadequacy that makes her life grim, especially when it comes to love. Then she runs into Dane Ransom, a High School graduate, with a full-time job and an ambiguous past. Immediately Dani’s understanding of the world turns upside down, and she finds herself thrust into a dangerous and frightening world of gripping truth. Faced with her life imploding, “To Dance with Ugly People,” follows Dani through a gauntlet of trouble and turmoil, the birth of her adorable son, DeAndre, divorce and a new love full of passion and feelings. But, the explosive reality of life leads up to a final stirring climactic realization that may lead to her own unraveling.

The good is sensitively written, the bad is portrayed as the reality of life and the ugly are the things in life we hope will never happen to us.

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

African American Women’s Fiction

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

Provokingly Truthful

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

The Color Purple

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

Greatest Love of All

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

To Kill a Mockingbird

7. What motivated you to write this story?

The thing that motivates me to write is the need to observe and comment on the damage humans can inflict on one another. I have to honor it. There is something to be learned from every experience. Understanding the journey of others could help them release themselves and possibly do better if needed. Speak to someone. Speak to their intentions. We don’t know it all; we all can learn. Everyone has a story and there is something to be learned from every experience.

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

Maya Angelou

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

Sewing, Cooking and Building Doll Houses.

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

I want the reader to feel every emotion my character’s does no matter how shocking because if you give your audience something powerful; they will cheer.

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

A great writer is one who is not scared of what people think of them and their wrting. They are the ones who can take a bad situation they know about or have experienced and turn it into a great story. You should not be scared of what your pen bleeds onto the paper, just let your heart and soultalk to your readers.

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2017 Novel Winning Readings (57 Total)

 

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

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

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – THE ASSIGNMENT
March 2017 Reading
Written by George Ivanov Nenchev

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DEADLY SERIOUS
January 2017 Reading
Written by A.J. Thibault

ACTORNOVEL Reading – THE FOOTSTOOL INCIDENT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DAWN OF CHRYSALIS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Sam B. Miller II

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – MEI MENG: THE LOST PANDA
February 2017 Reading
Written by Andrew Fisk

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – SIMULATION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Ami Blackwelder

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – VERONICA’S PAPERS
February 2017 Reading
Written by Anthony Colin Wright

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – FORTUNATE SON
February 2017 Reading
Written by Daniel T. Pawlowski

ACTORSHORT STORY – POST MORTEM REBELLION
February 2017 Reading
Written by Jax Lemon

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE POET
February 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – RYAN GORDON
March 2017 Reading
Written by Art Blum

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – BRIAR EARTH
March 2017 Reading
Written by Paul Tapp

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – ORIGINS OF EVE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Kimberly Davis

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – THE RABBIT CULTURE
April 2017 Reading
Written by Tito Capaldo

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: LIGHT OF HOPE
May 2017 Reading
by S.T. Collins

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: ELLA: A STEPMUMS TALE
May 2017 Reading
by J.L. Higgs

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: DIGBY’S DIARY
May 2017 Reading
by E.D. Bird

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: OUTBREAK MUTINY
May 2017 Reading
by Jay Sandlin

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: NO ACCOUNTABILITY
May 2017 Reading
by Keith Lawton

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: BE SILENT
May 2017 Reading
by Danie Botha

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: THE SCENT OF MY SON: IN GOD WE TRUST
May 2017 Reading
by Adrienne Miranda

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

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – DREAMDALES DARK HEARTS
July 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Roberts

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – ZAPINETTE GOES TO THE NORTH POLE
August 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BRIAR EARTH
September 2017 Reading
by Paul Tapp

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – COURAGE THE MOUSE
September 2017 Reading
by Cornelia Fick

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BODIE
September 2017 Reading
by Anne Sweazy Kulja

ACTORNOVEL Reading – KILER CONVERSATIONS
October 2017 Reading
by Stephanie Parker McKean

ACTORNOVEL Reading – PRIESTESS OF THE FOREST: A DRUID JOURNEY
October 2017 Reading
by Ellen Evert Hopman
ACTORNOVEL Reading – IS IT OVER YET
October 2017 Reading
by Naila Amin

ACTORNOVEL Reading – FORBIDDED
October 2017 Reading
by F. Stone
ACTORNOVEL Reading – SNAYGILL: SLITHERY TEMPTATIONS
October 2017 Reading
by Michelle B. Assor

ACTORNOVEL Reading – THE FULL MOOD: A PRIESTESS TALE
October 2017 Reading
by Pen Augustin
ACTORNovel Transcript Reading – THE ADVENTURES OF TEK DANGER & LARRY APPLEBAUM
November 2017 Reading
by Rich Hynes
ACTORTHE CROSSING Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Katrina Antoinette
ACTORTIMETRIPPERS Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Hamish Robertson
ACTORLUCIFER GENOME Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Glen Craney & John Jeter
ACTORARIA LEFT LUGGAGE Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Geoff Nelder
ACTORDAY AFTER DISASTER Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Sara F. Hathaway
ACTORDEATH OF A DIVA Novel Transcript Reading
November 2017 Reading
by Brigitte Goldstein
ACTOREANIE MEANIE MINIE NO Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Sandra S. Kerns
ACTORSUPERHIGHWAY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by James Oldman
ACTORJUST SHUT UP AND DRIVE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Chynna Laird
ACTORTHE SAFE WORD Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Karen Long
ACTORSWEET DREAMS: SEARCHING FOR ROY BUCHANAN Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
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ACTORLEMMONS JOURNEY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Philip Oyok
ACTORTHREE BLACK BOYS Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Zangba Thomson
ACTORGHOST IN THE PORCELAIN Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTORRIPPLE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Tui Allen
ACTORGETAWAY DAY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Ken White
ACTORJUST ANOTHER DESERT SUNSET Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Nikki Broadwell
ACTORSKYMERGE Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Deepak Menon
ACTORTHE VIRTUOSO Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Virginia Bures
ACTORAN UNCOMMON FAMILY Novel Transcript Reading
December 2017 Reading
by Christa Polkinhorn

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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