Marie Jones – March 2016 Novel Winner

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Performed by Amaka Umeh

 

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Melissa R. Mendelson – March 2016 1st Chapter Novel Winner

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

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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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Novel Transcript Reading: INTO THE SHADOWS, by Marie Jones. Performed by Amaka Umeh

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Get to know writer Marie Jones:

1. What is your novel about?

‘Into The Shadows’ is a romantic suspense, woven with mystery and family drama. It is one woman’s journey to take a brave step to change herself and her situation, literally going into the very shadows of herself, and by doing so drawing others own shadows out as they are intricately pulled into her story.

Arriving home from a short holiday in Dingle, Lily Crossways makes a staggering discovery on one of her photos taken on ‘Inch Beach’, a woman’s desperate face is staring directly at her. Yet Lily knows she was alone that day on the beach. Who is she, is she even real, and why has she appeared to Lily? Unable to let the woman go, Lily makes the uncharacteristic decision to leave behind her safe world in England and return to Dingle to try and find her. Her search eventually leads her to cafe owner David Carson, this woman’s brother, who hasn’t seen his ‘missing’ sister in five years. Lily must now convince him to trust in her, taking bold steps to prove herself to him, and together track down his sister before it’s too late. Yet are either prepared for the hidden secrets they are about to uncover in their earnest desire to find her, and the impact it will have on those they love?

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Although the character of Lily is fictitious, her doubts and lack of confidence in herself is something I see in so many of us – our inability to see our own potential. My hope is that as people read my novel, as well as enjoying a fast-paced suspense and heart warming romance, they will also be able to really relate to Lily, and by doing so, appreciate their own potential and worth.

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

Woven mystery

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

The Sound of Music

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

Over two years!

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

Persuasion by Jane Austen

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

My novel, ‘Into The Shadows’, was actually birthed the day I stood on Inch Beach in Ireland and quite simply had my breath taken away by this beautiful stretch of sand; so full of mystery and intrigue.I could picture Natalie standing there before me, and it was from here the rest of my characters came to life.

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

I would love to sit down with Jane Austen to ask her what inspired her to write her stories and what it was like to be a woman writer in the 19th century.

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

I love with a passion all things creative – photography, drawing, graphic designing – you name it! Whether I am writing stories, photographing or drawing, everyday men and women with all their amazing complexities will always fascinate and inspire me. I’m also passionate about church and community. My faith is important to me.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

As a debut writer, its so important to be as proactive as possible in helping to get your book known and promoted, as well as receive (hopefully positive!) feedback. I’m learning my craft all the time and appreciate every comment I receive. The Novel Festival is a fantastic way to do this.

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

Be determined, don’t give up. And make every single word count.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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SURVIVE THE RUN, Short Story Reading by Fernanda Beziaco Wilt

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Reading performed by actress Amaka Umah

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Get to know writer Fernanda Beziaco Wilt

Matthew Toffolo: What is your story about?

Fernanda Beziaco Wilt: The story is about a girl that gets taken away and has to figure it out a away to survive. But does she?

Matthew: Why should this story be read by people?

Fernanda: As a writer, I would like all my stories to be read. As a reader, I think this is a story that might cause discomfort, and any story that take us out of our comfort zone should be read.

Matthew: How would you describe this story in two words?

Fernanda: Awkwardly disturbing.

Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Fernanda: I would say You’ve Got mail, but my list is actually very long.

Matthew: How long have you been working on this story?

Fernanda: I had the inspiration for the story a few weeks before I wrote it. After thinking the best way to put my inspiration in words it took me very short time to write it.

Matthew: Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Fernanda: I read a lot, so I have a few favorites. I have to say that Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte, and Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, are the ones I can read over and over and have the same feeling about it.

Matthew: What motivated you to write this story?

Fernanda: Fear, mostly. How would we react in the same kind of situation. Fear of people we don’t know and what they are capable of doing.

Matthew: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Fernanda: Josh Radnor. I love his work as an actor and director.

Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Fernanda: Reading is other of my passions. Cooking and eating also.

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the Festival?

Fernanda: I follow a few blogs and sites, and I got very excited when I saw the opportunity to send my writings to the Festival. It is always a good thing to have channels available to expose our work.

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

Fernanda: Don’t give up! Don’t stop trying! And if a story comes to your mind write it down. Even if the idea is not yet complete, write it and come back to it later, but don’t stop. Reading and traveling are great for opening your mind. Break the routine. Unexpected good things happen with our imagination when we take right instead of left sometimes.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballatyne

Editor: John Johnson