Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: Dire Circumstances by Alisha M Risen Kent

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

Dire Circumstances by Alisha M  Risen Kent

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: GOD’S CREATURES by Lionel Walfish

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Reading performed by Erynn Brook

GOD’S CREATURES  by Lionel Walfish 

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

“All creatures, great and small”

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Non-fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

True life

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train

How long have you been working on this story?

Three hours

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Thomas Wolfe’s ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’

What motivated you to write this story?

All my neighbors would watch out for this woman. We haven’t seen her in almost a year now. We hope that she is in good hands.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Rembrandt.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Classical music, theatre, and the dance.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I love good flash fiction, and enjoy contests.

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

Always carry paper and pen.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: Summer Hills by Rochelle Potkar

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Reading performed by Erynn Brook

Summer Hills  by Rochelle Potkar

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It’s about the states of complacency and hustle as embodied by its characters.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Haibun, which is a prose-poetry form coming the closest to flash fiction, on a single page.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Summer Hills

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Sholay (Hindi)

How long have you been working on this story?

A year

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)

What motivated you to write this story?

I always wanted to capture the inertia of the rich vis-à-vis the restless hustle of the not-rich.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

The enigmatic Aishwarya Rai to know what all is she made up of. Beauty, individuality, clarity seem some of her traits from a distance.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Conversations over coffee

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

It’s unique setup of playing recorded stories during a writing festival.

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

Your mind is under threat constantly by opinions meted out each day in the world. Take what works. Watch what you entertain, because the mind is a writer’s sole instrument. Your mind should be in tandem with your gut, if not heart, and it should be in your possession 100%.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: The Grave Diggers by Joseph Tsujimoto

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Reading performed by Erynn Brook

The Grave Diggers  by Joseph Tsujimoto

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

HAWAII GHOSTS

What genres would you say this short story is in?

SUPERNATURAL

How would you describe this story in two words?

SCARY TALE

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

SUSPENSE

How long have you been working on this story?

1 WEEK

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I HAVE SEVERAL, ex., Blood Meridian

What motivated you to write this story?

CHINESE GRAVEYARD IN MANOA VALLEY

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Whoever might be interested in having dinner with me.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Teaching

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

The idea of 1 page

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

None

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: The Stage by Rae Niehaus

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Reading performed by Erynn Brook

The Stage  by Rae Niehaus

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

“The Stage” mainly focuses on the most extreme potential outcome of mixing boredom and thwarted career ambitions with an easily identifiable scapegoat.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Commercial fiction? Plain “weird” is probably more appropriate.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Cathartic confession.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

How long have you been working on this story?

I wrote this in about an hour, I think. Edited it within three hours on a separate day. All in all, probably a total of four hours, give or take.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Haruki Murakami’s “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.”

What motivated you to write this story?

Work-related inter-personal conflicts.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Edvard Munch. If I could bring Salvador Dali too, we’d have a right good time.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Theorizing. Filmmaking. Game development. Gaming. Reading. Running. Leadership.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

A whim when I received an e-mail reminding me about it.

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

Everyone has at least one good story in them, so tell it with all you’ve got. You might find you have more after you tell it.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: Duality By Devin Klos

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Reading performed by Erynn Brook

Duality  By Devin Klos

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It tells the story of a woman who is more than she seems, living a “normal” life and only comes alive when she is able to shed that perception to lead a more dangerous nighttime existence mostly for the pure thrill of it.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

It has elements of thriller mixed with a bit of misdirection of a comedic nature (hopefully).

How would you describe this story in two words?

Double Identities

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I always return to two films: Lawrence of Arabia for its sheer scope and The Princess Bride, which might have the best screenplay of all time.

How long have you been working on this story?

I’d been kicking around the idea for a while as a longer story but decided to see if I could tell it in a more focused nature.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Dubliners by James Joyce

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea that we aren’t always who seem to be during the day. At night, when we can exist more in the margins, our truer nature can be revealed.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

The filmmaker Jeff Nichols, who I really admire for his desire to tell his own unique stories.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, sports, comedy and meeting people that have their own stories to tell. I get some of my best ideas and inspirations just from traveling and discovering how other people are living day to day.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

Any chance to get my work not just read but actually performed was an opportunity I could not turn down.

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

Just keep writing. Even if it’s just a little note or a paragraph. Not every day needs to be filled with full stories but always be on the lookout for some new detail in life.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Short Stories by Barry Brennessel

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Readings.

7 Stories by Barry Brennessel. Performed by Kaleb Alexander, Erynn Brook, Val Cole.

Watch the 7 Stories: 

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

All seven stories (EGG BOY, HIDOI, HIBAKUSHA, IN UNISON, OLD SOUL, SACRIFICE, SNOW MONSTERS) are snapshots of people struggling at various points in Japanese history.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama. These are people fighting with emotional, financial, personal, and physical stress.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Life’s challenging.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I would have to say the record goes to “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

How long have you been working on this story?

Each of the seven stories took about 3 weeks to write and polish.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Death in Venice

What motivated you to write this story?

I like to write about places and periods of time that aren’t widely explored.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Meryl Streep.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, film & TV, travel, wine, and gardening.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I can’t resist a challenge.

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

It’s often said, but so true: Read, read, read; write, write, write; turn off the inner critic when writing, but turn it on when editing.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

MYSTIC VILLAGE, CHAPTER ONE Reading by JEANNINE FORTIER

Watch Chapter 1 Reading of MYSTIC VILLAGE:

Performed by actress Erynn Brook

Novel Mystic Village

Get to know novelist Jeannine Fortier:

1. What is your novel about?

It is a story about the struggle for peace on Earth in Ireland in the mid 1800’s. Imagine, a small group of Irish people establishing an enchanting hidden village in one the mountainous regions, which suddenly is threatened by a dark force that wants to rule the world. Everything held dear will be lost unless drastic action is taken and quickly. The hero, Garth, an Irish and Aboriginal man happens upon the village accidentally and is swept up in the startling adventures of the people. A friendly alien alliance from another planet is their only salvation

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

It has a message for humanity embedded in the story

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

Adventurous mysticism

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

Gone With the Wind

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

Since 2009

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

No, I like a variety of novels

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

It was an inspiration I got one Christmas as I placed my ceramic village on my fireplace. i started to build a story and developed the characters using the setting as Ireland.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would enjoy having dinner with J.K. Rowlings.

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

I paint, and love to garden

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

I would tell other writers to allow their creativity to guide them and use any inspiration that comes to them

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL:https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch Prologue Reading of the Novel: IN THE WAKE OF WAR

Watch Prologue Reading IN THE WAKE OF WAR, by Stephen L. Nowland:

BUT Stephen’s BOOKS Online:
http://www.amazon.com/Stephen-L.-Nowland/e/B005GRRPP0

Get to know writer Stephen L Nowland:

1. What is your novel about?

In broad strokes, this book is a fantasy adventure about a young girl’s journey from a wartime survivor to a person of courage, willing to stand up for what she believes in.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

In addition to being an engrossing adventure, the story touches on topics of gender roles in society, the heroes that influence us in our daily decisions and the things we’ll go through to protect those near and dear to us.

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

“Riveting Adventure”

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

Back to the Future – roughly 25 times! I’ve dissected it and rate it as one of the best movies every put together, in terms of structure, flow and just plain fun! Yes, I want a Delorean some day.

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

I’ve laid out the preliminary work over the course of a few years, as I was developing the fantasy world in which the story exists. The actual writing, from start to finish took me around 10 months, but I had also been distracted by other work during the year.

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

I can’t go past ‘Magician’ from R.E. Feist, which blew my mind back in the day!

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I wanted to create a character who might inspire younger readers, particularly girls, to believe in themselves, to be more courageous in life, and to solve problems without resorting to violence or other methods where possible. I have, hopefully, achieved this with Aislin Ballard, the protagonist of this book.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Turner, who’s work I saw at a gallery when I was young and who inspired me to try my hand at landscape paintings of my own.

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

I’m quite passionate about art, particularly the thoughts and emotions which can be evoked with it. Writing and art are similar in that regard, though art seems to seep into one’s consciousness almost of its own volition, while writing needs to be digested, as such. I’m also a game designer, as I find the mechanics of how they work seems to come unbidden to my mind which I guess counts as passion!

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I received a tweet from the novel festival and after seeing the results of other readings, I thought ‘they’re on to something here’! I was also looking at different ways to ‘get my book out there’, and having the 1st chapter read was a brilliant idea. I really should get the whole thing done, for audiobook purposes!

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

The noise of modern life can shout-out your inner voice, the muse from whence comes all your creativity. I find it helpful to seek a quieter life, to allow that voice to come through clearer. I also advise making each and every sentence count towards character or action – edit out anything that doesn’t add to either, as it’s just filler text. Keep it concise and on-message.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL:https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch DISTURBED, 1st Chapter Reading of the Novel by Suzanne Wilson

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL
Submit by October 15th and SAVE $50 on Full Novel Submissions.
https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the 1st Chapter Reading of DISTURBED:

STORY Read By – Erynn Brook

Best Scene Novel genre: Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

SYNOPSIS:

The novel is about a young man who is being tormented by a malevolent spirit. The spirit is looking for revenge against his family for her untimely death. She uses seduction as a weapon against him and when he tries to resist her and seek help from his friends and family, they think he’s losing his mind.