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

Novel Reading: Death of a Diva: Part One, by Brigitte Goldstein

 

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

Novel Transcript Reading of The Crossing by Katrina Antoinette Croswell

Novel performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

The odyssey of a young adult girl, stolen from the shores of Africa to the Americas, and her decision to make the tumultuous voyage to find her family and the home from which she was taken.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Historical Fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

True Fiction

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Godfather (Part 1)

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

I’ll Write a Song for You (Earth Wind & Fire)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Too many to name. However, Do They Hear You When You Cry, by Fauziya Kassindja,
always comes to mind.

What motivated you to write this story?

A combination of the following:
A rainstorm
The clashing of metal chains
My Ancestors

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

Dr. Maya Angelou

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Extending some relief/healing through massage care
Nature walks
Reading

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

From the moment this story entered my consciousness, my protagonist has shown me
all that she see’s. I have always seen this particular passage performed, so when the opportunity presented itself through the Novel Writing Festival, I couldn’t pass it up.

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

To my fellow creative’s out there, trust your characters; they may actually know more than you. And if you open your self to them, what ends up on the page may surprise you. 

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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 of DAY AFTER DISASTER by Sara F Hathaway

 

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your novel about?

Day After Disaster is an apocalyptic, adventure novel, featuring a dynamic young woman, mother and wife, Erika, who is thrust into a world turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Finding herself alone in a city mutilated by this disastrous situation, she must save herself. Once free of the city confines, she desperately tries to navigate through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to get back home to her family. Not knowing if they are alive or dead she must call on all of her survival instincts to plot a course through this broken environment.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Action/Adventure, Dystopian

How would you describe this story in two words?

Apocalyptic family

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Silver Hawk

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

Fred Bear by Ted Nugent

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Valley of the Horses by Jean M. Auel

What motivated you to write this story?

Day After Disaster was written to cause readers to reflect on two main points. The first thing this novel causes readers to ask themselves is what if our way of life was drastically altered in a snap. Anyone alive on 9-11 remembers exactly where they were when the world was changed, this novel causes the reader to ask where will I be when the world changes again? What would I be willing to do to save my family or myself? Would I even know how to survive in the natural world of our ancestors?

The next issue Day After Disaster causes the reader to ponder is an appreciation for the now. Modern humans live at such a fast-paced speed that the special moments of gratitude for the people surrounding you can be lost. So many things designed to make life easier or more entertaining may be drastically altering our basic social relationships and this book causes readers to consider the simplicity of the life that our society gave up in return for the conveniences of modern gadgets.

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

Roland Emmerich

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My family, Taekwondo, and wilderness survival.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

The Changing Earth Series would make a fantastic TV drama and I have been working hard to get it to the television screen.

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

Stay hungry

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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: ARIA: LEFT LUGGAGE, by Geoff Nelder

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

ARIA is about people – their reaction to a never-heard-of plague: infectious amnesia with no cure and no immunity has been brought to Earth. This is a tale of survival, escape, people in desperate circumstances yet with love, lust and humour.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Medical mystery / apocalyptic / post-apocalyptic / horror yet with some humour / science fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Infectious amnesia

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

2001 Space Odyssey

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

Two:
“Thriller” – Michael Jackson
“Your tiny hand is frozen” in Puccini’s La Boheme opera

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mythago Wood – Robert Holdstock

What motivated you to write this story?

Riding my bicycle up a steep Welsh hill, I thought of my mother who’d suffered amnesia following a stroke. The notion burst in – what if amnesia was infectious, think of the ramifications? By the time I’d reached the top of the hill – luckily there’s a cafe, the Ponderosa at Horseshoe Pass in North Wales – the amnesia in my story idea had become incurable, no one has immunity, and you lose memory backwards at the rate of a year’s worth per week.

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

Ovid, so I could tell him that in spite of his exile from Rome 2000 years ago his poetry and ideas live on. And sing to him those Bob Dylan songs using Ovid’s lyrics.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Opera and cycling, grandkids and hiking.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I’m nearly deaf so rarely participate in performances. Even so, I had the urge to have some of ARIA so performed.

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

Join a critique group or have your ouevre critiqued before submitting it.
Network, network, network – go to cons. 

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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 23 Novel Reading: THE TIMETRIPPERS by Hamish Robertson

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Two time travelling children who find a very rare codex on their travels but
then lose it and pursue an amazing series of adventures to get it back,
battling the Rebel Angels with the help of the mysterious inventor – Peter
Friis.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Adventure/Children’s Mystery

How would you describe this story in two words?

Roller Coaster

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Inception – Leonardo DiCaprio

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

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No – too many good ones to choose.

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to write the children’s version of the Celestine Prophecies.

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

Winston Churchill

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Life, sport, my family..

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I wanted to get the book a wider audience.

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

Persist! 

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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