Novel Transcript: MINUTE OF DARKNESS, by JD Daniels

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Novel Transcript of the CULL: Bloodline, by Eric J. Gates

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Performed by Laura Kyswaty

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

‘the CULL – Bloodline’ is the first book of a five-book series (all available) which presents a completely original take on vampire lore. No fangs or morphing into bats here; just adrenaline-pumping fury as two female Federal agents face the unimaginable!

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

Paranormal Thriller

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

Fast-paced page-turner.

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

‘Young Frankenstein’ – it never gets old.

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

Eric Clapton’s ‘Rolling Thunder’

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

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A long story. I jokingly remarked to my cousin, a few years back, that my next novel should be a vampire tale a everyone else was doing this. I was immediately asked if her young daughter could be in it. Hoisted by my own petard, at least I thought I’d make it fresh and original. Subsequent research showed that almost everything we think we know about vampires is wrong – even to the extent that ‘Dracula’ was based on Vlad Tepes, the Transilvanian prince. ‘the CULL’ series is firmly planted in the technological 21st Century but captures the horror of the original vampire novels.

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

The late British author, John Gardner, a master of thrillers.

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

Cinema, technology.

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

I’m always interested in exploring new avenues to showcase my work.

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

The key is Patience and Perserverance. Then more Patience and Perserverance. Good old hard work.

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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 Ka, by Mary Deal

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Archaeologists discover a tomb in Valley of the Queens containing hieroglyphs coded with magic and spells that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

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

Suspense

Fantasy

Paranormal

History

Time-Travel

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

Historical fantasy

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

Ladyhawke (1985) American Fantasy

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

I have no favorite song. I lived in Hawaii for 22 years and greatly favor Hawaiian music. I maintain a huge library of music of all kinds; classical, 1950s era, country/western, opera, jazz, foreign language music, and so much more. I play whatever suits my mood.

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

Grapes of Wrath (It is a depiction of my mother’s life as her family of 12 crossed the country, living in an old school bus during the Great Depression.)

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I woke in the wee hours from a vivid dream. In the dream I saw multiple scenes of Ancient Egypt, heard their voices, saw their costumes, their buildings, etc. It was real. I could detect a story. As I lay thinking about the strange and vivid dream, I must have gone back to sleep because I woke with a start, seeing one vivid still picture. At that point I knew I had a new novel to write. I immediately went to my PC in my pajamas and wrote for a solid five hours capturing every detail I had seen in the dream. Then I spent four years researching 3500 years of Egyptian dynasties to find the best place to weave my threads of fantasy.

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

My mother, to talk about her creativity. She was a country/western/blues singer/musician and could create a song out of hearing one or two words spoken.

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

I am a self-taught oil painter and have been told some of my work is similar to Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. I am also a photographer. I maintain marydealfineart.com and sell prints of my paintings and photography online.

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

I had entered the Logline to my novel, The Ka, in one of your offerings sometime ago and it received a favorable response.

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

All the stories rattling around in your mind do not get written unless you apply yourself and write them. I’ve been asked many times if I would write a person’s story for them. My response is that I cannot see what is in another person’s mind. Only you can visualize the story and write the details. Only you can make your story unique because it comes directly from you.

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Novel Reading of TO DANCE WITH UGLY PEOPLE by Lorene Stunson Hill

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

.Dani Marie Dobson, a High School student, suffers from low self esteem and feelings of inadequacy that makes her life grim, especially when it comes to love. Then she runs into Dane Ransom, a High School graduate, with a full-time job and an ambiguous past. Immediately Dani’s understanding of the world turns upside down, and she finds herself thrust into a dangerous and frightening world of gripping truth. Faced with her life imploding, “To Dance with Ugly People,” follows Dani through a gauntlet of trouble and turmoil, the birth of her adorable son, DeAndre, divorce and a new love full of passion and feelings. But, the explosive reality of life leads up to a final stirring climactic realization that may lead to her own unraveling.

The good is sensitively written, the bad is portrayed as the reality of life and the ugly are the things in life we hope will never happen to us.

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

African American Women’s Fiction

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

Provokingly Truthful

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

The Color Purple

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

Greatest Love of All

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

To Kill a Mockingbird

7. What motivated you to write this story?

The thing that motivates me to write is the need to observe and comment on the damage humans can inflict on one another. I have to honor it. There is something to be learned from every experience. Understanding the journey of others could help them release themselves and possibly do better if needed. Speak to someone. Speak to their intentions. We don’t know it all; we all can learn. Everyone has a story and there is something to be learned from every experience.

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

Maya Angelou

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

Sewing, Cooking and Building Doll Houses.

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

I want the reader to feel every emotion my character’s does no matter how shocking because if you give your audience something powerful; they will cheer.

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

A great writer is one who is not scared of what people think of them and their wrting. They are the ones who can take a bad situation they know about or have experienced and turn it into a great story. You should not be scared of what your pen bleeds onto the paper, just let your heart and soultalk to your readers.

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Novel Reading of CURLY AND TUBS AND THE GALLOPING ROT, by Kim Montgomery

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

Kim Montgomery – Author of ‘Curly and Tubs and the Galloping Rot’
http://www.authorhouse.co.uk/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000330641
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Curly-Tubs-Galloping-Rot-Montgomery/dp/1410785017/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306431018&sr=1-1&tag=freado0c-20

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/8423

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?
Two young brothers own a set of encyclopaedias. The two boys are transported into volume 5, Nature, to do battle with a rot that is rapidly threatening to destroy the entire land.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?
Children’s fiction, fantasy

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

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Voluntarily, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Statistically, Finding Nemo. It was my daveson’s favourite for a long time. Explanation of daveson: He is my step grandson. He has two biological grandfathers, so I had to find something else for him to call me. After a lifetime of the trauma of being a male called Kim, I chose Dave.

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

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Lord of the Rings

7. What motivated you to write this story?
Childhood memories from growing up in Southern England during the 1950s and 60s.

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

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Cooking, gardening, walking, geocaching.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
To help gain exposure, and because I believe it has potential to be converted into a screenplay.

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Be prepared for the hard bit after you’ve written your story. Marketing and promotion are ten times more difficult than writing.

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Novel Transcript Reading: Courage the Mouse, by Cornelia Fick

 

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story story about?

Thank you for the opportunity to talk about myself J. This is actually a story about following your destiny.

What genres would you say this story is in?

It’s a children’s story for ages 7-11

How would you describe this story in two words?

Adventure. Playfulness

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gone with the wind.

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

The greatest love by Whitney Houston

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mice and Men, John Steinberg. Recently The almanac of the dead by Leslie Silko

What motivated you to write this story?

I wrote it for my son and added pictures in water colour. The pictures were not very good because I have no art training.

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

Nelson Mandela

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading, charity work (although I haven’t done much of the latter in the last couple of years)

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I previously had a short story, Diary of a soldier, performed and I loved it.

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

Persevere. It’s not a sprint but a marathon. And above all, believe in yourself.

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

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Short Story Reading: NOISES IN THE CEMETERY by Mari Tamez.

 

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story story about?

My story is about the spinetingling events that took place in a cemetery before the embalmment process was universally practiced. These events were witnessed by my grandfather, a gravedigger, during the Great Depression.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Non-fiction mystery that takes place during a historical time.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Unbelievable and horrific

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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

Can’t Take my Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Beloved by Toni Morrison

What motivated you to write this story?

My grandfather was a great story teller. Every Friday night, he stopped by for a visit and told his grandchildren stories about his childhood and life experiences. He also told us ghost stories and legends. This particular story is one that I never forgot. I know that it may be hard to believe but grandfather insisted that it was true. I saw tension and anxiety on his face when he told the story.

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

I miss my grandfather. His stories truly made an impact on me. Because of him, I am now an award-winning writer with 12 traditionally published picture books and 20+ picture books in English and Spanish/Bilingual. In addition, I have published 14 short stories, including one published by Chicken Soup for the Soul. My husband, A. M. Vela, has contributed immensely as a co-writer. You are welcome to see our picture books at http://www.readingforfun.net. (Note: I write for children under the name Mary Esparza-Vela and ho

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am also the inventor of three plush dolls that are “out of this world.” They are so unique that they stop traffic. You may also see them on my website.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

WildSound previously contacted me about submitting a story and I am thrilled to learn that they accepted “Noises in the Cemetery.”

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

Write what you know. This worked for me, thanks to my Grandfather.

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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