July 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the July 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL READING – WHAT PASSES BETWEEN WOMEN
July 2016 Reading
Written by Patty Fischer

ACTORJULY 2016 POETRY READINGS
Watch 10 poems performed by professional actors

ACTORSHORT STORY – HEAVY SEXTING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Amy Arrow

ACTORSHORT STORY – NIGHT SWIMMING
July 2016 Reading
Written by Joanell Serra

ACTORSHORT STORY – STARMAN – LIFE ON TRAPPIST ONE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Dermott Hayes

ACTORSHORT STORY – TEARS OF JOY
July 2016 Reading
Written by I.E. Hughes

ACTORSHORT STORY – DNA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Yvonne Randle

ACTORSHORT STORY – DESPITE DEMENTIA
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janet Bennett Cox

ACTORSHORT STORY – GALICIA’S GRANITE
July 2016 Reading
Written by Janice Tindle

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEILA, AGE 17
July 2016 Reading
Written by Sherry Chow

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell

ACTORSHORT STORY – LEFT ON LUNDY
July 2016 Reading
Written by James R. Cavell

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE OCEAN AND THE SKY
July 2016 Reading
Written by Rose Mendonca

ACTORSHORT STORY – THE NIGHTMARE AT GOLDEN ACRES
July 2016 Reading
Written by Cindy Crawford Garrett

ACTORSHORT STORY – TALKING YEOW
July 2016 Reading
Written by Lynne Adams Barze

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Novel Transcript Reading: Alex The Inventor by Gerald Gordon Brynelson

Watch the June 2016 winning novel transcript reading.

Alex The Inventor by Gerald Gordon Brynelson. Chapter 1: Big Ben and the Boy

Performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Alex the Inventor in the Fantastic Scrapyard (Book I) is a near-future sci-fi fantasy which involves the cyclical destruction and renewal of life on Mars when it is visited by a rogue “Planet X” at ten thousand year intervals. The near-miss fly-bys of the mysterious planet disrupt the orbit of Mars to either one that is closer to or farther away from the sun each time. After each interval, the climate on Mars changes to become warmer or colder, depending on how the orbit is affected. Set against this backdrop is the story of an impoverished boy named Alex Faraway who lives alone with his mother in an old farmhouse nearby an abandoned scrapyard. The house and backyard are completely overgrown with a concealing thicket of bushes, vines and trees. Between the hidden house and the scrapyard is an old barn that Alex has converted into a workshop in which he loves to invent and build all manner of robots and machines in his spare time. One invention not yet completed is a small spaceship, the plans to which Alex found in his father’s old desk, and which he hopes to finish one day to fly away and find his missing father. Alex dad disappeared ten years before under strange circumstances and with the sighting of a UFO.

When Alex is twelve, he is awakened one night upon hearing and seeing strange sounds and sights not far away, in the scrapyard. When he goes out to investigate, Alex has an encounter with a robotic creature that resembles a very large dragonfly. The oddly intelligent machine which he names, “Dart”, is friendly enough but does not want Alex to follow it back into the scrapyard after dark. Against its wishes, Alex follows the Dragonfly further into the maze of large scrap-piles and then has an unsettling return home because he senses he is being hunted by a sinister entity.

In the days that follow, Alex’s adventures unfold further when he befriends a girl named Rainah Onyahee. The oddly dressed girl with Asian-like features enters his life quite unexpectedly when she walks out of the scrapyard to catch a ride on the morning bus to school with Alex and the other children. When the school day ends though, so does Alex’s normal life after he follows the lonesome girl off the bus and back into the scrapyard. Rainah leads Alex down a tunnel and literally into a whole new, strange world in the form of an alien Biosphere Dome hidden deep underground. While on this path of unusual discoveries, the boy is reunited with an old woman named Miss Vee who used to baby-sit for Alex and whom Rainah also calls, “The Gardener Who Waits”.

Miss Vee has been caring for Rainah since she was small while also patiently tending a large garden inside the dome which has an environment very unlike that of Earth. Miss Vee and Alex need to wear spacesuits while in the garden, but Rainah does not. Alex soon learns that Rainah is a survivor from Mars when that planet was warmer – ten thousand years ago! Miss Vee has been hiding the Biosphere and the girl from sinister creatures called “The Others” who wish to destroy the dome and Rainah and all who stand in their way before Planet X returns and shifts Mars’ orbit back to one that will warm its climate once more. As Alex is drawn further into Rainah’s world, he learns who built the dome. He also discovers that their friendship did not occur quite by chance and that he may also be more like a Martian than he could have possibly imagined.

The Great Change for Mars is fast approaching and when the Others finally discover the Biosphere, Alex and Ranah must defend it and do battle against an overwhelming horde so that the huge dome – which is also a spaceship – can escape back to Mars in time. But, it is when combat is finally required and the need is most dire that Alex’s new and growing abilities with an unusual Martian device known as a Luss are suddenly sparked into full and dynamic action!

In the end of Book I, contact is finally made with Alex’s father. But then, there is also a backstory which reveals the events that happened on ancient Mars before its catastrophic encounter with Planet X – namely, the origin of the cold-hearted creatures called The Others. The reader is also given their first clues of Alex Faraway’s possible distant kinship with the people of Mars and why, because of tragic ignorance, they must endure the cyclical changes of their world’s climate.

Read on and suspend, for a little while, all that you hold to be the normal, the usual. Step into Alex Faraway’s fantastical world where his robot allies Legs and Big Ben help the two gifted children on their quest to save not only Rainah’s planet but perhaps ours as well. After you do, you may not wish to return.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

In my writing, I enjoy blending possible mythical events into a story filled with suspense, childhood discoveries, and a good mystery. The myths of a possible Planet X, the canals of Mars, and an imaginary reason of why the climate of Mars has changed in long ago, are given life along with how a civilization of Mars suffered the consequences of their past follies. Hope is still just around the corner for Mars and its people however, and my characters rise to the challenge and the dangers with youthful (and sometimes playful) vigor. There is an element to the story of what I call “Imaginary Physics” as well which I employ in explaining how the spaceships in my story can fly to Mars at nearly the speed of light using the DIIVE Drive, for example. Each story also has a unique invention which Alex builds with the high-tech parts from his scrapyard and then uses with youthful excitement.

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

Astonishing deliciousness.

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

Blade Runner.

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

Book I took me about 6 years to finish, from writing rough drafts by hand. Typing it out on computer didn’t take too long. This trilogy of novels, in whole has taken 14 years to write, all during spare moments here and there. It has been a long journey but an enjoyable one. Adding the illustrations has kept me going to finish it all because I like that part of the whole experience too.

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

Anything written by Isaac Asimov.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

When I was a kid, I was very shy and often enjoyed tinkering with mechanical devices and trying to be an inventor. I still do, a little bit and love the thrill of creating something unique and futuristic. I decided to begin writing this story about a boy-inventor and his adventures to encourage my own kids to enjoy reading when they were just starting school. I think my strategy worked quite well and it has been a joy bringing this unique character and his world to life, although I hadn’t anticipated that I would still be writing the story as a full-fledged trilogy. Book III is nearly finished though, thank heavens. Then I will top off the last two books with their own illustrations – which will be the most fun, actually.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

John Lennon.

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

The future of space travel and exploration.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I happened to notice the website while on Twitter and liked what it offered. I’m glad that I found it in time to send off my story sample too. I need to get my writing out there more.

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

Yes. Love with a passion what you are writing about so that you will finish what was started! Be patient and proofread the finished story several times. Also, try to learn as much as you can about the nuts-and-bolts of proper spelling, grammar and sentence structure so that your finished work will be unique and enjoyable for the people reading it.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Watch Chapter 1 Transcript Reading: Water for Blood by Brett Bacon

Watch the May 2016 Winning Novel Transcript Reading.

BUY Novels on Amazon by Brett Bacon

Watch Water for Blood:

Transcript reading performed by actor Sean Kaufman

Get to know writer Brett Bacon:

1. What is your novel about?

In “Water for Blood,” when a young woman escapes from an oppressive cult that is a front for a covert, international business trading in government secrets, the NSA-trained cult leader will stop at nothing to silence her.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

“Water for Blood” is a contemporary, fast-paced thriller about a strong, young woman fighting against overwhelming odds.

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

Contemporary Thriller

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

In terms of action movies, “Heat” with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro is one of my favorites.

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

About a year.

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

In terms of thrillers, it is “Eye of the Needle” by Ken Follett. Follett is a master at keeping the reader in suspense throughout the story.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I wanted to tell a story about a strong woman who overcomes incredible obstacles to be free and independent.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

No question it would be Mark Twain-not only because he was a brilliant writer, but also because he had an incredible sense of humor.

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

My family, reading, fly-fishing, and travel.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I appreciate the great feedback that I get from the judges.

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

I find this quote by one of my favorite poets, Robert Service, to be helpful:

“There’s nothing gained by whining, and you’re not made of that kind of stuff;

You’re a fighter from away back, and you won’t take a rebuff;
Your trouble is that you don’t know when you have had enough;
Don’t give in.”

Submit your NOVEL to the Festival Today

Novel Reading: EXOTIQA, Chapter 1 by M. Black. Performed by Danielle Nicole

M. Black’s blog:
http://mblackdystopiathrillers.blogspot.ca/

Watch Chapter 1 Reading of EXOTIQA:

TYPE OF STORY: 80,000 word YA Dystopian Robotic Thriller

-SYNOPSIS: When sixteen-year-old Fione meets Maci, a twenty-one-year-old Flexbot who escapes from ImaTech located along the crust of the Coast Mountains, Fione’s life is taken on a roller-coaster ride of events that begins with trying to save Maci from ImaTech Corporation and ends with trying to save the country.
With Fione’s best friend and love interest, a Flexbot named Pix, Fione and Maci must come face-to-face with the greatest dangers their country has ever seen and learn the disturbing secrets of the popular online program Exotiqa—which her friends, family, and most of the country has downloaded onto their Cerebral Slabs. This won’t be easy, since Maci’s only love and great enemy, nicknamed Thirty, is tracking her every move.

Get to know writer M. Black:

1. What is your novel about?

My novel takes the reader to 2055 where intelligent Flexbots live with us in our daily lives. Many Flexes begin to become more human like as humans become more robotic, blending the line between the two.

When Fione meets Maci, a Flex, she realizes she must save her from Imatech before they destroy her. Fione ends up realizing her world is in danger too by Imatech’s latest program Exotiqa, which has been downloaded into most people’s Cerebral Slabs.

With Pix, a fellow Flex friend to help Fione, and Thirty, a Flex tracker on Maci’s trail, saving the planet becomes much more complicated.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Anyone interested in artificial intelligence, robots and consciousness will be intrigued by this story. Questions of life and death, consciousness and programing, politics and love keeps the reader intellectually curious within the framework of an entertaining story that will appeal to fans of Divergent and IRobot.

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

Robotic Originality

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

Pride and Prejudice

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

A good year

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

Divergent

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

The current state of robotics, social injustice, and an uncertain future

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Gustav Klimt

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

Traveling, cultures, art, dancing

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

Saw the ad and it looked cool

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

Write because you love it and write what you love.

 

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

MYSTIC VILLAGE, CHAPTER ONE Reading by JEANNINE FORTIER

Watch Chapter 1 Reading of MYSTIC VILLAGE:

Performed by actress Erynn Brook

Novel Mystic Village

Get to know novelist Jeannine Fortier:

1. What is your novel about?

It is a story about the struggle for peace on Earth in Ireland in the mid 1800’s. Imagine, a small group of Irish people establishing an enchanting hidden village in one the mountainous regions, which suddenly is threatened by a dark force that wants to rule the world. Everything held dear will be lost unless drastic action is taken and quickly. The hero, Garth, an Irish and Aboriginal man happens upon the village accidentally and is swept up in the startling adventures of the people. A friendly alien alliance from another planet is their only salvation

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

It has a message for humanity embedded in the story

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

Adventurous mysticism

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

Gone With the Wind

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

Since 2009

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

No, I like a variety of novels

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

It was an inspiration I got one Christmas as I placed my ceramic village on my fireplace. i started to build a story and developed the characters using the setting as Ireland.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would enjoy having dinner with J.K. Rowlings.

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

I paint, and love to garden

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

I would tell other writers to allow their creativity to guide them and use any inspiration that comes to them

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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

Stephen L Nowland – March 2016 1st Chapter Novel Winner

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Performed by Amaka Umeh

Watch Transcript Reading of IN THE WAKE OF WAR:

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http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-L.-Nowland/e/B005GRRPP0

Sheryl Wright – March 2016 Novel Winner

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Go to the writer’s website: http://www.sherylwright.com/

Transcript Reading of CONTRARY WARRIORS: BLOOD LEGACY

March 2016 Novel Winners

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

Watch the March 2016 Winning Novel Performance Readings. All novels read and performed by professional actors:

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – THE MAGIC PILLOW
March 2016 Reading
Written by K.J. Kratz

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – CONTRARY WARRIORS: BLOOD LEGACY
March 2016 Reading
Written by Sheryl Wright

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – LIZARDIAN
March 2016 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson

ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – THE BALLARD CHRONICLES Book 1
March 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen L. Nowland

ACTORNovel Transcript Reading – INTO THE SHADOWS
March 2016 Reading
Written by Marie Jones

ACTORShort Story Reading – SURVIVE THE RUN
March 2016 Reading
Written by Fernanda Beziaco Wilt

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Chapter 1 Reading of THE MAGIC PILLOW: The Passage of Light by K J Kratz

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https://www.amazon.ca/The-Magic-Pillow-Passage-Light/dp/1462410626/190-9257478-5758323?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Watch Transcript Reading of THE MAGIC PILLOW:

Performed by actor Amaka Umeh

Get to know writer K.J. Kratz:

1. What is your novel about? 

Jenna receives a mysterious package from her great aunt who died several months prior. Jenna quickly discovers that what appears to be just a decorative pillow turns out to be a portal to another world. As Jenna visits the other world, she discovers her hidden talents and forms an unbreakable bond with a diverse team. Jenna and the team use futuristic technology as they take an incredible journey to save their world from the evil aliens.  

2. Why should this novel be read by people? 

This book is the perfect story to lift you out of your daily routine and take you down a road of creative adventures ensuring a perfect inspiring escape for your mind.

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

Inspiring Adventure

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

Batman Begins

5. How long have you been working on this novel?  

 Roughly 5 1/2 years

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

“Where the Red Fern Grows”

7. What motivated you to write this novel? 

I was inspired by my nighttime dreams. During the daytime my life was very robotic and boring, but the simple act of placing my head on the pillow at night transformed me into a different person. In my dreams, I was a star-fighter killing aliens in space, a spy killing terrorists, I was an assistant to the president of the United States dialing up Vladimir Putin. These were just a few of the dreams that I experienced. I always woke up feeling like my dreams were trying to tell me something. That was the spark that led to the story and its characters growing inside my head. I didn’t see myself as a writer at that time so I tried to ignore the story. Eventually, I just started writing the story and it turned out to be the most exciting adventure I have ever experienced.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with? 

Chris Martin

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

Being a good mother to my son.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?  

After doing nothing with the book for an entire year due to being caught up in my stressful job and juggling a new baby, a stranger reached out to me and told me that if I finished the book it was probably because I intended on sharing it with others. She sent me the link to the festival and urged me to submit it. I followed her advice.

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

1. Write from the heart.
2. Remember that when you create a story, you are only held by the boundaries located within yourself.
3. Don’t force the writing. I was working a 50 to 60 hours per week job so the only time I could write was early in the morning on weekends. I would wake up at 4:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays to write. Because of my limited opportunity to write, I felt anxiety around using every moment that I had to write. I quickly learned that sometimes you just don’t feel it so it’s best to take a break from it.
4. Don’t be scared to share your writing with others. As writers we know that what we write can be a portal into ourselves. Even though it is fiction, it’s still a part of you. I found out that sharing allowed me to see this the book from a different perspective. Sometimes what I intended for the audience to see wasn’t what the reader was seeing.
5. Always have a notebook or blank paper and a pen handy. One of my favorite parts of this book was inspired after a long day of repeated delays at the airport. When I finally flew into Denver I noticed the most beautiful display of clouds that seemed to have mysterious tunnels. As I travelled in the cab to meet my coworkers for Margaritas, I quickly wrote down all of my ideas for the tunnel of clouds. I was so thankful for that delay!

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Watch Chapter 1 Transcript Reading of LIZARDIAN by MELISSA R MENDELSON. Performed by Amaka Umeh

Watch LIZARDIAN Transcript Reading:

Get to know novelist Melissa R. Mendelson:

1. What is your novel about?

Lizardian is a Horror/Science-Fiction Thriller that chases after the footsteps of Stephen King, X-Files, and Being Human. Its focus falls on Laurel, who struggles to finish out high school while under scrutiny for saving a life, but nothing and no one is what they seem. And a monstrous force has arrived in this quiet country town, and with it a stranger, who will bring this town to its breaking point, where no one might survive.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

If there weren’t a demand for all things that go bump in the night, then CW’s Supernatural would not be on television for eleven years or signed for a twelfth season. FOX would also give up their search for new and groundbreaking television shows such as Almost Human, Lucifer and Second Chance. SyFy would also call it quits, canceling Dominion and Killjoys, and USA Network would follow, ending Colony. But there is a demand, and we hunger to believe and experience.

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

Suspenseful and Chilling.

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

I have seen too many movies especially Horror and Science-Fiction movies, but one that comes to mine is the Gary Sinise movie, Impostor. Are we who we really believe ourselves to be?

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

I started this novel back in July of 2015, and it’s almost finished.

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

I am an avid Stephen King fan, but I sadly have not read a lot of his books in recent years. Still, his best book in my opinion and my favorite is Hearts in Atlantis.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

Lizardian was a short story written back in my senior year of high school (1996), and I got the opportunity to turn it into a series on Channillo.com. Originally, this series was only going to be a novella, but it has reached over 200 pages. And you do have to subscribe to Channillo.com to read this story, but all subscriptions are being donated to The Leary Firefighters Foundation.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Stephen King or Nick Santora

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

Movies and Television Shows and Fan Fiction.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

This is a great festival that has provided me with critical and honest advice, which assisted me in honing my writing skills, and because of that, my first novel chapter has been revised. And it is now a winner of the Novel Festival.

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

I used to think my old writing was horrible, but don’t be too quick in throwing it away. Maybe, years later, you can look at the story in a different light and recreate it into something special.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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