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

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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

Chapter 1 Novel Reading: Briar Earth, by Paul Tapp

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Reluctance, tradition and coincidence. They bring together as princess and escort, an opiniative ‘silly girl’ and a ‘handsome captain’, who fails his diplomatic mission to keep her silent on contentious matters at her fox-hunting debut. A puppy hound and a missing fox-cub confound the biggest fox-meet of the year and bring an end to the cruel tradition.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Historic fantasy/Historic romance.

How would you describe this story in two words?

World’s collide.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca

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

Summer Wine

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Woman In White (Wilkie Collins)

What motivated you to write this story?

As a kid I watched my grandpa and his dogs race rabbits to their burrows. He’d dig them out, apologise as they squealed in fear, wring their necks. It was his living. So too for many over the centuries, is the tradition of fox-hunting. It was a cathartic journey to understand the fear of the fox … and the concomitant respect between the hunted and the hunter when a beagle puppy discovers a fox-cub hiding in a manor stable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

International polemics in a complex, selfish world that will destroy everything we love.Making family documentaries. Investigative journalism.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Nice to hear someone read something I have written. To see if they ‘get’ the nuance in a chapter without the perspective of the full novel.

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

Don’t pitch to an audience. Write to appease something within.
Re-write until all paragraphs say ‘yes’. Writing is a private journey to somewhere. Collect fellow travellers along the way. 

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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

July 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the July 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors.

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

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – ARYAN BLOD
July 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – THEY DROVE ON STREETS PAVED WITH KINDNESS
July 2017 Reading
by John Bauer

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – FLATULENT FRED
July 2017 Reading
by Bill Lawrence

 

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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: Dreamdale’s Dark Hearts by Jeremy Roberts

Performed by Val Cole

Title: Dreamdale’s Dark Hearts #1. “Arden Wonder and His Strange Change”

Genre: Horror/Comedy/Fantasy – 114 pages

Synopsis: When a frightening nightmare creature escaped its underworld prison, a brave boy, Arden Wonder, must slay the quirky dream monster, Count Comatose. Before the vampire villain has an opportunity to wake up and feed on the dreams and nightmares of young souls. This will allow Count Comatose to unleash a nightmarish apocalypse that will corrupt reality and every cursed Gifted Soul will eventually change into Nether Gifted Souls. And be Count Comatose’s slaves forever at his lair in the Nether Nod. If Arden and his faithful companions can cure all the sleepy souls of Dreamdale!

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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 ARYAN BLOOD by Albert Russo

Performed by Val Cole

 Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A German woman married to a Jewish American learns years later that her biological mother whom she is told to meet was forced to copulate with a blond man in the Lebensborn politics during the Nazi era, in order to insure the so-called purity of the aryan race.

What genres would you say this story is in?

mainstream – historical

How would you describe this story in two words?

the discovery of a painful past: the protagonist’s mother was part of a Nazi fertility selection.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘King Solomon’s mines’ – shot not far from where I lived, in the hills of Rwanda-Urundi, at the source of the Nile.

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

There are so many: La Cumparsita was the first one, for my parents used to dance to it.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

‘In search of lost time’, by Marcel Proust (in it’s original French version)

What motivated you to write this story?

The real story that was recounted to me by a relative.

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

Jesus, for I would really want to know what he thought of the atrocious way his people – the Jews – were treated for over 2000 years, in the name of Christianity. I’m sure he would be devastated by the manner in which his followers have distorted his teachings.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography, art: classical and modern, reading, the cinema, all kinds of music

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I had already submitted two novels made into films and was very pleased with their result.

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

To write as if your life depended on it.

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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

June 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

 

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

 

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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