Short Story Reading of SOMETHING MISSING, by Lionel Walfish

Elsie examines her childhood. Something’s not right…She decides to seek professional help, and discovers something untold

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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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Novel Transcript Reading of AN UNCOMMON FAMILY, by Christa Polkinhorn

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A chance meeting between a middle-aged woman, a widower, and a semi-orphaned child in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, brings together three people who grapple with a past of loss and betrayal. Six-year-old Karla, whose mother died in a car crash, has a hard time accepting the loss. Anna, her aunt and guardian, struggles with her former husband’s deception and her shattered confidence in men, and Jonas, artist and teacher, mourns the death of his wife.

While trying to help Karla, a talented but troubled child, Anna and Jonas develop feelings for each other that go beyond friendship. The budding romance, however, hits a snag when Anna discovers a sinister secret in Jonas’s past. While the two adults have come to an impasse, young Karla takes matters into her own hands. Together with a friend, she develops a plan to bring the two uncooperative adults back together. The plan, however, creates havoc and as it begins to unravel, Karla is forced to learn some difficult lessons.

An Uncommon Family is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait, Book One): Three people with a troubled past meet in Zurich, Switzerland. Six-year-old Karla longs for her dead mother. Anna struggles with her former husband’s deception, and Jonas mourns the death of his wife. While caring for little Karla, Anna and Jonas fall in love but sinister events in their past threaten their budding romance.

AN UNCOMMON FAMILY is a story about loss, lies, and betrayal but also about the healing power of love and forgiveness. It takes place in Switzerland, New York City, and Guadalajara, Mexico.

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

Family Drama with a touch of romance

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

Poignant and hopeful

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

Midnight in Paris

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

All songs by Leonard Cohen

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

Too many to list: Novels by Louise Penny, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Ann Patchett, Joanne Harris, Virginia Woolf etc. etc. etc.

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

Leonard Cohen

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

Reading, traveling, walking, a good meal and a glass of red wine

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

Curiosity

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

Just write, don’t worry too much about the product, instead enjoy the process.

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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 EANIE MEANIE MINIE NO, by Sandra S. Kerns

Type: NOVEL

Genre: Romance, Suspense, Thriller, Crime

Logline: Eenie, Meanie, Minie, No! is a romantic suspense in which a terrified but determined high school teacher is pitted against a killer intent on eliminating the members of her clique in high school and framing her for their deaths.

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Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about? Eanie, Meanie, Minie, No! is about a woman overcoming past fears to save a friend and reclaim love.

2. What genres would you say this story is in? Romance, suspense, and thriller. There is a reunion with an old boyfriend, someone stalking the heroine, and a psychological bent to the antagonist.

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

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life? I’d have to say all of the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies because my husband is a huge fan and we watch them every Christmas break. However, I’m a huge fan of The Holiday, all the Jason Borne movies, and Dirty Dancing. In other words, my tastes are all over the board.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?) Believe it or not, Amazing Grace. My faith is important to me and this song says it all, the good, the bad, and the forgiven.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel? I don’t really have an all-time favorite. It’s usually whatever I’m reading or writing at the time.

7. What motivated you to write this story? That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? To be honest, I seem to remember being with a group of writers discussing what motivated each other to write and nursery rhymes popped into my head. As I drove home, the image of children using this rhyme to pick sides came to me and the negative aspects of what it could mean. After that, my insane imagination went crazy.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be? My great grandmother. I loved listening to her tell stories about her life.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? Sewing, knitting, crochet. I love creating things.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed? I wanted to hear it through someone else’s voice. Elizabeth Rose Morriss did an amazing job.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? While we all need constructive criticism to make our work the best it can be, DON’T let anyone’s comments stop you from writing. There are many wonderful readers out there who will give you the input you need to tweak something. Unfortunately, there are also many who live to put other people down. Those are the ones you smile, say thank you for the comment, and walk away. If the comment, despite being phrased in a mean spirit, has merit, work with it. If it doesn’t, let it go and move on. Whatever you do, write. The more you do, the better you will become.

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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 Superhighway, by James Oldman

 

Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural

Logline: For centuries his species had been the predator,now life had changed for them both when the little mole believed the promises of an owl.

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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 SNAYGILL: Slithery Temptations by Michelle B. Assor

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Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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 Full Mood: A Priestess Tale, by Pen Augustin

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Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your novel about?

The Full Mood ~ A Priestess Tale is about two women from two very different lifetimes. Namu resides in the wilderness of England during the 800s. She struggles to stay true to her priestess ways while living in an era that forbids her to openly do so. Rose lives in modern times along the shore of Lake Michigan in the United States. Her challenge is to find, or one might say, to remember, the gifts she has to offer. They share one vision, for they are of one spirit. Their tragedies, joys and healing journeys are interwoven throughout a tale that reveals ancient truths and brings in the awareness of what heals us.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Fantasy Fiction, Romance

How would you describe this story in two words?

Pastlife connections

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Message in the Bottle. This movie demonstrates how to let go of pain while surrendering to love, even if the time spent together is brief.

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

Stand by me ~ Ben E King, 1961. The title says it all.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It’s the first book I ever read that showed strong women healers who were not constantly victimized.

What motivated you to write this story?

Having had a career in the healing arts all my life, I wanted to write something fast-paced and entertaining, while still bringing forth ancient healing methods.

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

The greatest healer of all time ~ Jesus! Plus, I heard he enjoys a little wine with his meal, as do I. And he knows this neat trick to make the food keep multiplying. We could probably end world hunger right there.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Nature! I love all weather ~ even the wicked.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I always thought this story would make a wonderful movie!

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

Write because it brings you joy. No matter what your age is or how small your social network is ~ just put it out there. It’ll make you feel like you’ve just given birth (in a good way)!

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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 Prologue Reading of FORBIDDEN, by F. Stone

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Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss
1. What is your novel about?

Synopsis:  Gunfire echoes within the walls of a Middle East police compound. Screams of terror are brutally silenced. Police captain Hashim Sharif captures one survivor, Eliza MacKay.

Sharif becomes the reluctant keeper of his city’s bloody secret – and the witness, MacKay. His corrupt superiors have a gun rammed against his skull – maintain the cover-up. Disloyalty to the mayor will be rewarded with being buried alive.

Whatever the cost, his government’s honor must be restored. Secretly, Sharif hunts forensic evidence. Who is responsible for the murder of fifteen American volunteers? And, why did MacKay lie about her identity? He can’t trust her. Her mental illness is going to get both of them killed.

When he receives orders to dispose of MacKay, his Muslim faith is tested. Murder an innocent in cold blood? He will suffer Allah’s eternal wrath.

CIA Agent Hutchinson has the lying Sharif in his cross hairs. Sharif dodges the agent’s traps almost as easily as the hitman on his tail. When Sharif discovers the shocking truth, he loses all hope of survival.

What is worth dying for? Perhaps it’s not bringing a madman to justice. Could it be saving the life of a woman who kick-started his numb heart? On the knife edge of risk, Sharif plots an act most forbidden and fatal.

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

Suspense is the dominant genre in Forbidden. American visitors have been viciously murdered. Sharif’s struggle to survive gun battles with Omega’s hitmen permeate each chapter. While abiding by his superiors’ orders, dodging the CIA agent intent on arresting him, and controlling a prisoner with mental illness, his life has become one deadly night shift after another. Even his usual informants are too terrified to talk. The plot moves swiftly capturing the reader with a kidnapping, helicopter assault, assassination, murder and search for forensic evidence.

Woven in are the genres of terrorism, thriller, mystery, and love/romance. Who is responsible for the death of the Americans? When Sharif discovers the truth, he knows there is no chance for him to survive. He is overwhelmed with the need to ensure his prisoner, MacKay, survives and returns to her home. Both Sharif and MacKay are hunted and are forced to face their enemies without weapons and armor. Readers will be shocked with the pairs transformation, overcoming the crippling burden from past tortures.

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

Intense
Exciting

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

Dances With Wolves had me returning weekly to the theaters for as long as it was showing in our city. I still watch like to watch it over and over again. The characters were fascinating, and the plot kept me engaged every second. The entire movie was an emotional roller coaster. I’ve often hoped their might be a sequel.

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

The Power of Love sung by Celine Dion. No other songs have brought tears to my eyes, or feel the ache in my heart like The Power of Love.

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

My favorite book is actually a non-fiction story. The title is Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. It is the most incredible true story of survival against all odds. It has been my inspiration to never give up.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Terrorism motivated me to write Forbidden. Since the terrible 911 event, fear and hatred has seduced many non-Muslims to see Islam as a threat. My research into Islam and the culture of the moderate Muslims proved to me that the farmer in the Middle East is very similar to my farming Christian parents. As I continued to study the history of the Middle East and Islam, I was inspired by the tenacity of the region’s tribes, and their passion for family values and quest for scientific knowledge. At the same time, my creative DNA began to weave what I was learning into a vision of a struggle for survival. Two main characters, Captain Sharif and Eliza MacKay, came forward showing me the horrors. the corruption, and their readiness to sacrifice everything – except their soul. They told the story of Forbidden.

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

The first person that comes to mind is Red Skelton. I love his sense of humor and ability to make people laugh without the need to belittle anyone and without use of profanity.

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

My passions are many. Highest on the list are the well-being of animals, especially my four furry friends; two bouncy Shetland Sheepdogs, one feisty long-hair domestic cat, and one short-hair mouser. My neighbors have gotten used to me walking my dogs and cats together – everyone on leash. It’s a frustrating, yet fun challenge. No one agrees on which direction we are going. Leo, the mouser, usually gets his way. By the time we return home, I’m exhausted and thoroughly grounded. I’ve learned a few things while at the other end of the leash. First, don’t be in such a damn rush; and second, it can be fun to just roll around on the grass.

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

Marketing is not my strong suit. Recently I attended an author’s convention wherein it was advised to enter the novel in as many contests as possible and get over the shyness of ‘exposing’ myself. Yes, I am blushing. Since then I’ve been on the hunt for opportunities that will put Forbidden in front of adrenalin-charged readers. Thank you for this awesome opportunity.

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

The number one tip is to join a writer’s group, both online and in the flesh. It may take a while to find the group that’s right for you. You need to feel comfortable to share your story with strangers (you won’t be strangers for long), and the group should be serious about writing excellent stories. The second tip would be to take courses on writing, editing, publishing and marketing. I also took several courses at our University – night classes. The feedback from classmates gave me much needed confidence. The third tip is to be prepared to slug it out in the trenches for a long time. You can’t rush perfection. My first novel took ten years. Forbidden took almost five years – including the years of research. The final tip? Never bloody give up!
 

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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