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

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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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

Short Story Reading: Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence, by Melissa R Mendelson

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence is a Dystopian short story, where individuals are forced to speak the truth, but like with any other society, there are those that still lie. But it might be the last lie that they will ever speak.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Science-Fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Honesty Hurts

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Since I was eight-years-old, I’ve seen a lot of movies and a lot of television shows, but one of my favorite movies is Suicide Kings, which is an intensely written Drama, where the truth is a cool hand played right up to the last bluff.

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

Again, I’ve been listening to music since I was eight, and I have many favorites. And I love U2, and I especially love their song, The Troubles.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

My Cousin Estelle, who passed this year and may she rest in peace, used to give me books when I was a kid, and I would read right through them, looking for more. But one of my favorite books that she gave me is Charlotte’s Web, and I still have it somewhere in a bin downstairs in the basement.

What motivated you to write this story?

I am part of this community called, HitRecord, and they do Weekly Writing Challenges. One of the challenges was to create a Utopia or Dystopia, so I created, Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence.

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

Stephen King. He will always be my favorite author, and a few have told me that some of my writing reminds them of his work.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

One of my hobbies is to write Parody Lyrics, and I don’t do it often. But when I do, I like to base the lyrics around my favorite television shows such as Supernatural and Killjoys.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I have been coming to WildSound for a long time now, and with their reviews on my writing, I have been able to make my stories more than what they started out as. And I love the opportunities that they provide such as these readings to give my stories a platform, where they can not only be read but heard.

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

Look for inspiration. Sometimes, I like driving around town, passing through neighborhoods, and I have created some of my favorite short stories based off those drives like Faded Shades of Rainbow and Cellar Dawn.

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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