Novel Transcript Reading: Ghetto Bastard, by Russell Vann

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

http://ghettobastard.com/

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your novel about?

Ghetto Bastard is a story of survival. Malik was born into these circumstances–with no father to teach him how to be a man, and to a mother who didn’t want him. Malik must navigate his way to adulthood with only the streets as his guide–through the seventies heroin infestation, the eighties crack rage, and the nineties Clinton mass incarceration era, and AIDS epidemic.

Once he becomes a man, his vision broadens, but will it be enough to abandon the very ghetto that created him?

Ghetto Bastard is the intimate journey of an innocent child in search of love and self-worth. He just wants what we all want. And Malik Russell wasn’t born with any ‘quit’, so he’s got that going for him, but neither was his opponent: the ghetto.

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

Memoir and Biography.

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

Hard, truthful.

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

Across 110th Street.

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

The Greatest Love of All by George Benson.

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

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

My life and great grandmother has been the inspiration for my work.

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

My great grandfather because he passed away without me knowing him.

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

Protecting and advocating for societies devalued people.

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

I was influenced to enter to get my story performed because the written word that becomes the spoken word is a treasure to the blind. I wanted my work to be enjoyed by all people who wish to enjoy it.

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

Don’t be afraid because fear will prevent you from maximizing your full potential.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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

Novel Transcript Reading of AN UNCOMMON FAMILY, by Christa Polkinhorn

http://www.christa-polkinhorn.com

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.

www.sandrakerns.com

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

Buy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Snaygill-Slithery-Temptations-Michelle-Assor/dp/1514881217

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

BUY on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/FULL-MOOD-Priestess-Tale-ebook/dp/B011JDNV7U

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