Chapter 1 Reading of Killer Conversations by Stephanie Parker McKean

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Never Judge another person: there but for the grace of God go I.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Killer Conversations was named one of the best mystery novels of 2017, but it also falls into the Romance, Suspense genre.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Choices matter.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The musical “Brigadoon.”

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

God Is In Control

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“Sea Jade” by Phyllis A Whitney

What motivated you to write this story?

A lone walker who made the same circuit every day, never looking at anyone or speaking to anyone. He was young and slim, totally anti-social, and seemed to walk with the weight on an enormous burden holding his feet to the ground. Since he was so non-communicative, I began inventing stories about who he was, why he was the way he was, and what had carved out his life. My conclusion was that he was a serial killer, tormented by guilt.

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

Jesus

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals, enjoying nature, walking with God.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Being informed that it had been named one of the best mystery novels of 2017.

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

Don’t write to get rich. Write because it is a fire shut up in your bones, and you must get the words out to stop the flame from consuming 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

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Prologue & Chapter 1 Reading of BODIE by Anne Sweazy Kulju

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

 What is your short story about?

A woman’s murder in the most violent town in our nation’s history…Bodie, California.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Western/Historical Fiction/Paranormal

How would you describe this story in two words?

Paranormal Western

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Dumb and Dumber (my daughter and I can recite the whole movie!)

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

I’m Into Something Good, by Herman’s Hermits

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Suzanne

What motivated you to write this story?

A dream. The recurring dream that the sisters experience in reality belongs to me and my sister. This is our story, with tons of research and a bit of creative drama thrown in.

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

Clint Eastwood (fingers crossed he’d bring Scott along…)

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Rescuing Pit Bulls, Up-cycling junk into Franken-furniture (I call the business “Twice Upon A Time”), and the beach, of course.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Just shits and giggles. It sounded like fun.

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

Just as important as what you know, is who you know. Work at making smart connections.

 

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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 1 Reading of Becoming Hero by Jen Finelli

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your novel about?

Skye’s an Asian-American comic book superhero with a gun in his hand and a gripe against his author. Every girl Skye’s ever dated is either dead or trying to take over the world, and in the series finale, Skye’s best friend kills him. Or so he thinks. The weapon meant to disintegrate Skye lands him in his author’s universe. With a shot at revenge.

Skye, meet Jace. Jacen Howard’s a brilliant black teen math whiz, but at his West Baltimore high school that’s a bad thing. Black kids aren’t “supposed” to be good at math, and if the bullying isn’t bad enough, Jace’s cop-father regularly pisses off the local gang recruiters. Jace doesn’t see himself as a hero; he’s just trying to survive. He might be just the hero Skye needs.

But Skye won’t open up when Jace tries to ease him out of PTSD, and the author’s still torturing his friends. As Skye’s mood swings and nightmares escalate, Jace realizes that if he doesn’t uncover his roommate’s real identity soon, Skye will hurt someone–and Skye’s still deciding if murder will save his world, or damn his soul.

If that’s something you’re interested in hearing more about, feel free to drop me your e-mail at the bottom of the Becoming Hero page of my website! (http://byjenfinelli.com/becoming-hero-superhero-kills-his-author/) I’ll let you know when it comes out, and I’ll drop you a few hot tips on superhero geek gear gifts for the holidays. -_^

What genres would you say this novel is in?

It’s a YA light scifi superhero novel.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Meta murder.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Peter Pan by Universal studios, 2003.

How long have you been working on this story?

Several years.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Either the original dark and creepy Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie or Perelandra, a wild, philosophical scifi by C.S. Lewis.

What motivated you to write this story?

The suffering of comic book characters I love to hate. Like Batman, Jason Todd, Nightwing…anyone in the Batman part of the DC Universe, actually. = P

Some people have questioned my diverse character choices, and I have to say that’s a motivation in the story, too. It’s not just that there’s a strong need for diverse heroes in superhero fiction: there is, a huge need, and you can just google Whoopie Goldberg’s story about StarTrek to see that we become the heroes we identify with on screen and on the page. But beyond that, I write the characters I want to see. I write the people I see as heroes in real life, and that means more Asian and Black (and Hispanic) representation, with varying and different experiences that aren’t bound by societal expectations. Why should I write characters I don’t need to see more of? That would be stupid.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Whatever artist clicks.

That sounds weird, but actually I’m looking for an artist for the “comic-book insert” pages of this novel, for a special “extra” release I’ll be doing next year, and I’m definitely going to be paying decent rates, but I really want someone who clicks. I’d preferably like to support underrepresented artists but more than anything I want to find someone of any background who loves the stories and wants to maybe work with me long term.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Got a film coming out at mysweetaffair.com, too, about a #blasian married couple who get mad at each other, seek out affairs online, and accidentally end up matched up with each other. They’re all sneaking around having an affair with each other! Crazy stuff. (Yes, I like Pina Colada–it’s actually my favorite drink.)

Other than that? Song composition, cooking, poetry, competitive card and tabletop games, comic books, zoology, social and conservational activism, swing dancing, martial arts and weapon studies, linguistics, video games, and historical literature and cultural exploration. I like to hike, and I just got my Scuba certification. I’m working on a webcomic over at http://becominghero.ninja.

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

I do have a little stream of advice here, at http://petrepan.blogspot.com/search/label/writing%20tips! I’m a pro-published #scifi writer, but I really like to give advice that’s from OTHER people who know more than me. = )

You have to be willing to make changes and work your butt off.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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

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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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