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

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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Reading of CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT, by Kim Montgomery

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

Kim Montgomery – Author of ‘Curly and Tubs and the Galloping Rot’
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000330641
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Curly-Tubs-Galloping-Rot-Montgomery/dp/1410785017/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306431018&sr=1-1&tag=freado0c-20

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8423

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?
Two young brothers own a set of encyclopaedias. The two boys are transported into volume 5, Nature, to do battle with a rot that is rapidly threatening to destroy the entire land.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?
Children’s fiction, fantasy

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

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Voluntarily, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Statistically, Finding Nemo. It was my daveson’s favourite for a long time. Explanation of daveson: He is my step grandson. He has two biological grandfathers, so I had to find something else for him to call me. After a lifetime of the trauma of being a male called Kim, I chose Dave.

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

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Lord of the Rings

7. What motivated you to write this story?
Childhood memories from growing up in Southern England during the 1950s and 60s.

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

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Cooking, gardening, walking, geocaching.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
To help gain exposure, and because I believe it has potential to be converted into a screenplay.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Be prepared for the hard bit after you’ve written your story. Marketing and promotion are ten times more difficult than writing.

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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.

 

Novel Reading of Sweet Dreams: Searching for Roy Buchanan, by Tory Gates

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your novel about?

Sweet Dreams: Searching for Roy Buchanan is the first of the Sweet Dreams Series. It follows the life of Aki Sato, a Japanese teenager who is gifted (or is it cursed?) with the ability to time travel. It is called “Amida Syndrome,” and was passed down by her mother. But Aki’s mother and father were killed in an accident before she could be instructed in it use.

Aki is beset by terrifying nightmares, but in these, she hears a strange, musical progression that she cannot identify. This, plus Aki trying to help her older brothers, Kenji and Hiro keep the family business, and them, together.

A breakdown of her family’s vehicle leads to the discovery of that sound on Earth…a retired blues musician named Kazu offers to teach Hiro guitar; he also reveals to Aki that he, too, carries the Amida, and knew their mother.

Through a series of misadventures, Aki tests her powers and leads her brothers on a wild ride through time, and the blues. From the streets of Chicago, the Mississippi Delta, 1960s London and elsewhere, they meet legends before their time, and those who were never known until after their passing.

On the way, Hiro discovers his musical calling, an old flame from Kenji’s past comes back into his life, and Aki discovers her own voice…and they all learn of the power of the blues.

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

This is Young Adult Fiction, with Emphasis on Coming of Age, Adventure, and SciFi/Fantasy. (But I’ve had readers from 13 to their 60’s tell me they loved it!)

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

Transformative Storytelling.

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

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I used to perform in two Boston area casts. I lost count how many time I’ve seen it long ago!

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

“Blues for the West Side,” Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

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

“Lord of the Rings,” J.R.R. Tolkien. I read “The Hobbit” at nine, and LOTR at ten, and I know that had the most profound influence on me. The telling of a tale in a place that took decades to create is something that I don’t think will ever again be approximated.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A series of threads wound together in my mind, and they should never have. Music, especially the blues has always moved and inspired me; my interest in Japanese history and culture, and the idea that if I was going to commit fully to writing, I was going to do “something different.”

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

Hayao Miyazaki. His films are the kind of stories I tell, the world he wants to see, and that’s the kind of world I write about…the one I/we want to see, not the one we’re told to see.

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

Too many things! I’ve been in broadcast radio for over 30 years; I’m currently a news anchor for the Radio Pennsylvania Network, which serves more than 60 stations; I also host an online blues program for the London-based Radio-Airwaves Station (they call me DJ`Riff), and I also play guitar and write songs as well.

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

I am interested in seeing how this story translates to the stage. When I write, I “see” the story, and imagine it in a film or play form. I’m especially intrigued by how others would “read” the story, and how they see the characters as being portrayed.

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

Write! Even if you are not writing a story right this minute, it’s perfectly okay to dream, think of your story, talk with your characters, interview them, listen to their conversations. Do character sketches, do timelines, storylines; all of this is writing. And write what you want written; never write to anyone’s orders, but yours.

 

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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

Prologue & Chapter 1 Reading of BODIE by Anne Sweazy Kulju

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

 What is your short story about?

A woman’s murder in the most violent town in our nation’s history…Bodie, California.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Western/Historical Fiction/Paranormal

How would you describe this story in two words?

Paranormal Western

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Dumb and Dumber (my daughter and I can recite the whole movie!)

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

I’m Into Something Good, by Herman’s Hermits

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Suzanne

What motivated you to write this story?

A dream. The recurring dream that the sisters experience in reality belongs to me and my sister. This is our story, with tons of research and a bit of creative drama thrown in.

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

Clint Eastwood (fingers crossed he’d bring Scott along…)

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Rescuing Pit Bulls, Up-cycling junk into Franken-furniture (I call the business “Twice Upon A Time”), and the beach, of course.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Just shits and giggles. It sounded like fun.

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

Just as important as what you know, is who you know. Work at making smart connections.

 

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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: OFF THE HOOK, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story story about?

Money can’t buy you everything.

What genres would you say this story is in?

An exotic tale.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Futile search

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Strangers On a Train’ (Hitchcock)

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

Lover Come Back

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN (Thomas Wolfe)

What motivated you to write this story?

Folks who think they have ‘everything’.

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

Charles Dickens

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

classical music

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Wildsound Festival always does such a great job with my stories!

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

Keep writing!

 

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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