Novel Transcript: TWO HEADED SNAKE OF KEY WEST, by Marilyn Dalla Valle

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

*****Liz and Garret Adams leave their homeport of Mystic Connecticut and sail their 36 foot sailboat to Key West, Florida. Trying to help a friend, they become tangled in a web comprised of runaway wife, underworld trackers, predator and priest, which leads to murder. Liz and Garret sift through greed, power and jealousy to find the killer.

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

*****Mystery

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

*****Emotional Twists

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

*****I am a James Bond fan. I do not have a favorite film.

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

*****Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah

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

*****No. I like mysteries, adventure and inspirational books. Some of my favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sue Grafton, Mark Twain, Clive Cussler and Sonia Choquette

7. What motivated you to write this story?

*****This is the third in a four book series. It was a natural progression from Murder in Mystic and Murder in Newport.

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

*****Mark Twain

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

*****Dancing. It makes my heart sing.

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

*****It is exciting to have one’s words come to life. I was thrilled the first time I heard Murder in Mystic on an audio book.

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

*****Write from the heart and do it daily. For me, the words and ideas demand to be written down.
 

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Short Story: MURIEL AND THE GOOD EATS, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Geoff Mays

A food critic takes it up a notch.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story: THE WAYS OF CATS, by Garon Whited

Performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

The secret life of cats and how they view humans.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Horror, probably.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Intelligent cats.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

“The Day the Earth Stood Still”

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

The opening theme to “Doctor Who.”

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” by Robert Heinlein

What motivated you to write this story?

An angry cat.

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

Dead people, by and large, are not fit company at the dinner table. Undead,
possibly.

I would prefer to have had dinner with Christopher Lee when he was alive.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Role-playing games, because they allow for a high degree of creativity and
imagination.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Someone sent me a link.

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

First, don’t do it.
Second, if you ignore the first bit, go back to class and study how your
language is put together–then don’t become a writer.
Third, having ignored the advice to not do it twice, and studied how you
language is put together, write whatever you want. Pick something and chase
it down, follow it to the end, wring it out until the rag is dry. DO NOT go
chasing rabbits; pick a story and stick with it. That’s the secret.

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript: LOST UNIVERSE, by Keith Brandon

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Novel performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Is about the future where we meet the aliens for the first time for real and it turns out they need our help.

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

Sci-Fi

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

New Sci-Fi

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

Star Wars

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

Possibly Nessun Dorma performed by Pavarotti and Bocelli

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

Asimov’s foundation and Terry Goodkind’s Sword of the Truth.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

My own imagination

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

Hard to answer, I would go with Pavarotti

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

Driving small boats when I get the chance, learning to fly and watching a lot of Political and legal drama.

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

To have the chance to share my story or part of it even if it does not win right now.

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

Keep on writing and creating new stories.

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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

Winning Short Story: THE POET by Stephen Karnaghan

Performed by Geoff Mays

 
Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

‘The Poet’ is a story about the lies we have to live in order to be accepted and praised. Even at the end of time, the protagonist has to lie to be accepted, when his truth is lost for ever.

Why should this story be read by people?

All the artists of the world, working to be recognised, and working to have their work loved by the masses have to create a body of work that is accepted. Is this the true message they want to put across? How would they react in the same circumstances?

How would you describe this story in two words?

Truth lost

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Koyaanisqatsi’ by Phillip Glass.

How long have you been working on this story?

As I work on several things at the same time, it is difficult to say how long it takes me to write something. I really wanted to write something positive, that at the end of time truth would take centre stage. However, I couldn’t write that.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

At the moment my favorite novel is ‘The Beckett Trilogy’. Each time I read it I find new writing to enjoy.

What motivated you to write this story?

After reading ‘The Beckett Trilogy’ I thought about death and how it is treated in commercial literature. From my initial planning I thought about the end of time and how it would be treated.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would like to have dinner with a really successful writer in order to understand their idea generation process.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about composing music that has not been heard before. Music that helps people create.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

My main aim is for my writing to have an audience. The Novel Festival is the best way of doing this.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Story: Seedy Hotel Sex by R James Turley

Performed by Geoff Mays

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

A guy angered from rejection.

Why should this story be read by people?

Because I think a lot of people can relate to getting rejected by someone they lust after.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Lonely heart.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Major League.

How long have you been working on this story?

One day

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No, just love fiction.

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to write something erotic.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Sir Paul McCartney

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Baseball

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

An email

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

Just keep writing.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Story: On the Hill by Kenya Abney

Performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

The main character’s childhood boyfriend breaks up with her before they go off to college. It is about how she lets that event overshadow all the events unfolding around her.

Why should this story be read by people?

Everyone has experienced an unexpected ending of a relationship. Some people live in the emotions of loss. Others take a pause and move unto the next moments in life.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Relatable experience.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Love Jones

How long have you been working on this story?

It took me a couple of hours to write it. And, it took a little longer for me to cut it down to fit on one page.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No.

What motivated you to write this story?

I wrote it based on a writing prompt that I found online.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Alice Walker. She has lived an interesting life. She creates great characters. I would like to get her perspective on life and writing.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I enjoy reading, watching movies and dramatic television. To be honest, I am still discovering/uncovering my passions.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

One of my resolutions for this year is to give my writing a chance to be read. I entered the Novel Festival because it is amazing for someone to bring my words to life. I am interested to see how a professional actor would interpret what I wrote.

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

1. You probably won’t get it right on the first try. Allow those words to give you freedom. Whether it is good or bad, write it down. You can do rewrites until it is where you want it to be.

2. Sometimes you must let go of good words. You will probably write a sentence or paragraph that you are absolutely in love with. In the rewrite, it may not fit anymore. Or, someone will read it and make suggestions on how you can improve upon it. To give your story the greatest chance at being its best, you should be open to making improvements.

3. You are courageous and fantastic. It is daring to take something from your imagination and give it a life. It is fanciful to be creative. Writers are sometimes hard on themselves and their work. Since it comes from your head, you are in your head about it. Believe you can nurture and birth your work into the world. Have enough Faith in yourself to take action with your writing.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne