Short Story: ON THE RUN by Wanda Weaver Kight

Performed by Amaka Umeh

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

“On the Run” is about a young woman on the run after a false conviction for first degree murder. She escapes Georgia and ends up in L.A.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Thriller genre

How would you describe this story in two words?

Wrong Verdict

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Shawshank Redemption

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

Favorite song is TLC’s “Don’t go Chasing Waterfalls”

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Favorite novel is “To Kill A Mocking Bird”

What motivated you to write this story?

Motivated by a true story of a woman who stayed on the run for years, changed her identity til she was finally caught

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

Person to have dinner with would be John F. Kennedy

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Love to take pictures and Zumba

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Just trying to get my writing out in any and all venues

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

Keep writing, learning, reading

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Novel Transcript: ORIGINS OF EVE by Kimberly Davis

Performed by Amaka Umeh

What is your novel about?

Killing Eve is a drama about a young girl’s dysfunctional beginnings that leads her into the foster system and how circumstances leads her into a life and degradation and murder.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

The genre would be Drama.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Heartbreaking yet empowering.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Matrix(will always love this movie, everytime I see it I get another perspective about it.)

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

I have many different songs that I love, depending on my mood I may be in the mood to hear Prince’s “Starfish and coffee”, or I may be in the mood for Lalah Hathaway’s “I’m coming back”, or Erykah Badu’s “Green Eyes”. ITs all about what day it is and which Kim we are dealing with.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

What motivated you to write this story?

HBO used to have a show that focused on prostitution throughout the U.S. and one episode focused on a woman who became a pimp. I wanted to develop that story. However, as I started to write my story it evolved into something else while still discussing the lives of women on the streets.

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

My brother, he passed away at the age of 21 from a seizure, I just want to make sure he was ok and make sure he knows I love him.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about my family, providing a wonderful life for my daughter is my first priority.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I wanted to see my work go from the page to something visually stimulating. We are visual people, so instead of explaining what my book is about, you can see what the possibilities are for this story.

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

Stay focused, I have been distracted for many years, this story should have been completed years ago. For a time, I forgot this was a goal for me. Even now, I go through periods where I am blocked and I get overwhelmed with other responsibilities and my writing takes a back seat. However, we must come back to our love. I have so many stories that need to be told, but they will never see the light of day, UNLESS I WRITE!

Watch Transcript Reading of Chapter 1: In the Wake of War (The Ballard Chronicles Book 1) by Stephen L Nowland

Performed by Amaka Umeh

Watch Transcript Reading of IN THE WAKE OF WAR:

BUT Stephen’s BOOKS Online:
http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-L.-Nowland/e/B005GRRPP0

Get to know writer Stephen L Nowland:

1. What is your novel about?

In broad strokes, this book is a fantasy adventure about a young girl’s journey from a wartime survivor to a person of courage, willing to stand up for what she believes in.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

In addition to being an engrossing adventure, the story touches on topics of gender roles in society, the heroes that influence us in our daily decisions and the things we’ll go through to protect those near and dear to us.

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

“Riveting Adventure”

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

Back to the Future – roughly 25 times! I’ve dissected it and rate it as one of the best movies every put together, in terms of structure, flow and just plain fun! Yes, I want a Delorean some day.

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

I’ve laid out the preliminary work over the course of a few years, as I was developing the fantasy world in which the story exists. The actual writing, from start to finish took me around 10 months, but I had also been distracted by other work during the year.

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

I can’t go past ‘Magician’ from R.E. Feist, which blew my mind back in the day!

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I wanted to create a character who might inspire younger readers, particularly girls, to believe in themselves, to be more courageous in life, and to solve problems without resorting to violence or other methods where possible. I have, hopefully, achieved this with Aislin Ballard, the protagonist of this book.

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

Turner, who’s work I saw at a gallery when I was young and who inspired me to try my hand at landscape paintings of my own.

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

I’m quite passionate about art, particularly the thoughts and emotions which can be evoked with it. Writing and art are similar in that regard, though art seems to seep into one’s consciousness almost of its own volition, while writing needs to be digested, as such. I’m also a game designer, as I find the mechanics of how they work seems to come unbidden to my mind which I guess counts as passion!

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I received a tweet from the novel festival and after seeing the results of other readings, I thought ‘they’re on to something here’! I was also looking at different ways to ‘get my book out there’, and having the 1st chapter read was a brilliant idea. I really should get the whole thing done, for audiobook purposes!

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

The noise of modern life can shout-out your inner voice, the muse from whence comes all your creativity. I find it helpful to seek a quieter life, to allow that voice to come through clearer. I also advise making each and every sentence count towards character or action – edit out anything that doesn’t add to either, as it’s just filler text. Keep it concise and on-message.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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