Short Story Reading of Busking At The Cash Till, by Abass Collier

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Novel Reading of Rogue Marauder, by Cherie’ Waggie

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Things didn’t always go as planned for Denovan Freighter Pilot, Sneighd Arkon. Keeping his freighter flying wasn’t always easy. Keeping himself flying was even harder. When offered a lucrative paying job for an illegal fuel run by Sinnetian Syndicate boss Baquar Starka, Sneighd accepted, even though he knew it wasn’t a good idea. Double-crossed by the supplier, Sneighd returns to Baquar empty handed, not knowing that was Baquar’s plan all along, a set-up for a nice little murder of a Galaxy Corporation Official with Sneighd tidily placed to take the blame. But things don’t always go as planned, even for Baquar Starka. Sneighd receives help in escaping Baquar’s henchmen with the help from two unwitting and unwilling rescuers, Tendrite Portmaster Korbot Maka, and Rhadurian pilot, Haunalyn. Sneighd’s freighter permanently disabled he and his new companions escape Sinnet aboard the Rogue Marauder, Haunalyn’s small Rhadurian Hauler, with Baquar Starka and the Galaxy Corporation Police in pursuit. With the help of Haunalyn and Korbot, Sneighd must find the proof that he isn’t the murderer before he ends up as space dust.

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

Science Fiction, Science Fantasy

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

Action Adventure

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

Jurassic Park Trilogy, The Mummy Trilogy, Star Wars (the original trilogy), Indiana Jones trilogy, and a lot of old movies (if you mean number of times seen). I like action movies, especially if there is some comic relief in the movie.

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

Unchained Melody (the Righteous Brothers rendition)

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

The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Brainstorming with a friend is how the premise was created; the characters started growing, so their story needed to be written.

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

That is a hard question to answer. Alive, I’d say Jackie Chan. Dead, my brothers. I miss them.

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

Being creative through art, dance, music, and designing gowns, esp. for weddings, caring for Animals

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

My mother is visual impaired. I’d like my books to be on audio so that other visual impaired people can enjoy them. And audio books are great for people who travel or don’t have time to stop to read a book, or can’t read. This is a way for them to enjoy books.

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

Never give up. Writing can be frustrating: it’s hard work and takes a lot of time and concentration. There are days the words flow and days they just don’t come. The main thing is to just keep writing and never give up.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading of EVERYTHING, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Carina Cojeen

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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 UNREQUITED LOVE by Heidi Rhonehouse

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your story about?

This story is a small piece of my own life story. I was married for 8 years and it was an extremely difficult road filled with rejection, disappointment and a lot of grief. This story of “Ruth” and her unrequited love tells the story of disappointment and rejection, but it also tells about the growth that comes with such an experience and the potential it has to bring healing and renewed hope and a better understanding of what true love does look like.

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

non-fiction/faith

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

transparent, hopeful.

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

I would say “Milo & Otis” only because a little girl I used to babysit years ago was obsessed with it and we would watch it over and over and over and over and over every day, all day. At least it was a cute movie!

5. What is your favorite song?

There’s a lot of songs I love, but one of my most recent favorites is “It is Well,” performed by Kristene DiMarco (It Is Well – Kristene DiMarco & Bethel Music – You Make Me Brave …
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI )
(Or, what song have you listened to the
most times in your life?)

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

I LOVE “Anne of Green Gables”

7. What motivated you to write this story?

It was actually a way for me to sort out what I was feeling, to express it, and try to piece together how I got to that point in my life. If I can’t figure out where I went wrong, then I am in danger of repeating the same mistakes. I decided to share the story, because I know I’m not alone in experiencing such a grief as that. Also, in hearing other people’s story of failed relationships, the biggest approach to it I’ve seen is allowing oneself to continue to be defeated and feel like a victim. I think it is so crucial to not just acknowledge where someone has hurt us, but it’s imperative that we also to take a look in the mirror, let God search our hearts to see what needs to change in us. When we do that we come out stronger and our feet are more apt to be set on solid ground onto a better and happier path.

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

Well, I think I would pick an alive person, because that would be really gross to eat dinner with a dead person. LOL! Okay, seriously, I think Joni Eareckson Tada. She is an incredible lady and what a ministry she has!

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

I’ve a heart for vulnerable adults, whether they’re battling a disability or illness, homelessness, or they’re simply up in years. The vulnerable adults are often overlooked in society and of all people, these are the ones who have a story to tell. They need to know someone cares and they also need to know that despite what circumstances may look like, there is a God who loves them and He’s got them in His hand.

Aside from that, I love animals and I love to follow different pet therapy groups and see the work they do such as taking dogs and cats to hospitals and nursing homes or equine therapy organizations that help kids and adults with disabilities through interaction with the horses. I love music. I play a flute and I’m actually learning to play bagpipes and I love it! I love to be outdoors and just see all that God has made for us.

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

Honestly, when I wrote the story, I never thought I would ever submit it someplace to be performed, but when I found out about such an opportunity, I thought it would be an incredible opportunity to reach out to even more and bring them a sense of comfort and hope. I hope it does just that.

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

Really, the only thing I can think of is something I’ve heard so much. Write about what you know. When we write about what we know – not just simply head knowledge, but our life experiences, our disappointments, our hopes, our faith; it let’s others know they are not alone. It doesn’t matter the genre you pick to deliver the story, when you write from your heart, your message shines through and reaches the people it was meant to reach and it can make someone’s world that much brighter.

Heidi Rhonehouse

https://heidisstorycorner.weebly.com

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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 Reading: SHARLEY’S LESSONS, by R.K. Vetter

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your novel about?

This is a heart-written, tweens-and-up fiction book for the ages, set in the innocence and freedoms of early 1960’s rural Iowa. It is a poignant, personal experience-based tale of love, friendship and loss; a delightful journey of both human and spiritual growth, which took me fifty-two years to write!

The main characters are Sharley, who died too young after battling leukemia, and Kate, who recounts Sharley stories from their childhood that helped broaden her perspective on life and encourage her to do things she otherwise would never have done. A grieving Kate struggles with her best friend’s illness and her ultimate death, coping in part by way of Sharley visiting her after her passing with the promise of an afterlife, as seen by a child. I invite you to enjoy this 52-year-old story!

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

Youth Fiction

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

Endearing. “Classic.”

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

Easy! A Christmas Story

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

“High Hopes” made most famous by Frank Sinatra.

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

My favorite children’s novel is My Daniel by Pam Conrad. I have definitely read it more than once.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

American children will never again experience the innocence and freedoms of Midwest farm life to be had in the 1950’s and 60’s. It was a hard-fought, yet simpler life; perhaps not so easily understood by today’s standards. It is my hope that I have provided a glimpse into that way of life, and that through my writing, I can allow readers to relive that treasured time.

According to the American Cancer Society, in the 1960s, the 5-year survival rate for children diagnosed with leukemia was less than 10%. The current survival rate has increased to more than 90%. I have lived long enough to witness that monumental improvement. I also witnessed the passing of my own father in 2009, who devastatingly became yet another statistic in the fight against leukemia.

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

I am passionate about recycling, honeybees and other pollinators, birds, anti-bullying, preserving local history, my new state, South Carolina, and my old states in the Midwest.

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

I usually have a “movie” in my head as I write scenes. So, naturally, I would like to see a performance of my writing!

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

Read. Write. Share. Learn. Grow. Repeat.

Seek instruction through the modeling of successful authors.

Read their products and learn through their craft.

Write with your own, true voice. Write from your heart.

Share in a writing group or with a mentor or editor.

Learn from the feedback.

Grow your skills as you implement that feedback.

Repeat the process in an ever upward spiral of writing progress, development and evolution.

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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 Reading: Aunt Sookie & Me, by Michael Scott Garvin

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Young Poppy Wainwright feels much like a deck of cards, shuffled around from a boozing mother to a beloved grandmother. Finally bussed to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her grandmother’s cantankerous sister, Sookie. Through the enlightened eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl, the hilarity and insanity ensues.

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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 Reading of Stories Not for Children, by Georgi Ivanov Nenchev

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Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1.. What is your novel about?
This novel is about several old and well known stories for children,like Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty,but with a little dark twist and completely new look.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?
Fantasy-action genre.

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

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

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
“The race” of Yello.

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

7. What motivated you to write this story?
I have always had a different point of view upon all things.And I have always been interested in new and interesting stories.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
Ahh… they are so many.But maybe with some great author and thinker.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Martial arts and anesthesiology.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
I have a great desire to reach as many readers as possible and get them involved into my stories.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Do not stop writing and reading!

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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