Chapter 1 Novel Reading of DEADLY SERIOUS by A J Thibault

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Deadly Serious is a dark comedy thriller set in Los Angeles about a stand-up comic whose search for the truth leads to his downfall. When Jonny Goodis exceeds the limits of free speech, he draws fire from his audience, his enemies and his peers. Hunted and tormented, he must deliver the performance of his life if he ever hopes to survive.

Why should this novel be read by people?

It is a look inside the mind of a tormented aspiring comic who has trouble differentiating between going over-the-top and discovering that the terror inside of him, although comedic, can be very very real. I wanted to play with the complex interplay between action and psychological thriller, much as happens in a Thomas Pynchon novel.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Comedy thriller

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca

How long have you been working on this story?

It was about 1.5 years for the first draft.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I liked Robert Ludlum a lot and the Bourne Identity.

What motivated you to write this story?

I lived in Los Angeles at the time and attended many different and famous comedy clubs. I saw many comedians who had a very dark side to them and a few would explore it through politics and personal attack and this prompted me to think about what would happen if they were misunderstood and went over-the-top. The death of John Belushi and others prompted me to think about why comedians are so self-destructive.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Henri Rousseau.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, kids, politics and future exponential technologies.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

I am excited to have the opportunity top get the word out and I’ve never entered a festival before.

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

Writing is like thinking. If you believe in your thoughts, keep on writing.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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Chapter 2 of the Novel: Dawn of Chrysalis by Sam B Miller II

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

It is the 2nd book in the FORCE series. The aggressive aliens in the 1st book have to seek an alliance with Earth when their planet is overrun by a powerful, ruthless army of galactic killers. Whatsit and his human friends join with Chrysallaman scientists in the effort. The thrills and adventure continue as the tentative alliance must create advanced technology if there is any chance for success against the new threat.

Why should this novel be read by people?

The reader is transported to a new reality by the story. The book lets the reader’s mind free to virtually create its own universe guided by my imagination. For more imaginative insights into the world of F.O.R.C.E., visit my sites;
http://twitter.com/SamBMillerII
https://www.facebook.com/TheOriginofFORCE
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28397329-the-origin-of-f-o-r-c-e
https://www.amazon.com/author/sambmillerii

How would you describe this story in two words?

Non-stop adventure.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’. The first movie featuring Indiana Jones. The action, adventure and humor are quite engaging.

How long have you been working on this story?

The work has consumed about 9 months of effort.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

It’s a series actually. The Skylark of Space series by E. E. Doc Smith.

What motivated you to write this story?

After finishing the 1st book in the series, I felt compelled to continue the adventure. You can’t create a whole universe with so many options and then just end it.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

The ones who come to mind like Robert Heinlein are all dead unfortunately except for Stephen King. I’d love to meet him and see how he crafts his stories and goes through the mechanics of writing his books.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

As you become older and hopefully wiser, you begin to realize just how short a time you’re allowed on this Earth to help others. Helping people use their imagination, if only for a short time, is rewarding.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

The professional work done by the festival with a reading of part of my first novel encouraged me to apply for a reading of part of my second novel. The Festival does quality work.

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

You need a team. You need to have people you can bounce your story off of as you are building it. You need both young and old in the team. Family and friends. I can’t tell you how many times my 29 yr old daughter or my 28 yr old son would say, Dad, this sounds like it was written by some old guy. It’s not fresh. Or you need to describe this character better. Or this character needs more background so the reader can really understand why they act in a certain way. Your spouse will really not pull any punches and believe me I was punched plenty while writing my novel! All I can say is a team is very important!

*****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story: Murder is a Breeze by M Maureen Skahan

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

A wronged chef kills an influential critic who caused the chef’s ruin.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

murder/thriller/

How would you describe this story in two words?

Cold revenge

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

To Kill a Mockingbird

How long have you been working on this story?

A month

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

A Time to Kill

What motivated you to write this story?

Story prompt in my writer’s group

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Cooking and wine

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

A challenge from my writer’s group mentor

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

First just write and keep writing. Second, be brave enough to share what you’ve written.

*****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story: THE MISCREANT by Lionel Walfish

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

Fictionalized image of a negative personality, bent on destruction of others.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Pure Fiction

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?

Two days

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

‘YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN’ Thomas Wolfe

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea of motivated evil.

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

Patricia Highsmith (She wrote Strangers On a Train)

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Theatre, music, the arts in general.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

I enjoy getting ‘feedback’ after a ‘live reading’.

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

Just write !!!

*****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story: The Paperboy by George G Moore

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

It’s about a teenager taking a step towards adulthood.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

General fiction or YA.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Teenage goals.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

That’s a tough call. Star Wars, National Treasure, or Men in Black. Probably Star Wars edges out all others out.

How long have you been working on this story?

Total time, about sixteen hours. It started as a writing prompt a few years ago, and I adapted the last portion of that story for this contest.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Atlas Shrugged-Rand. A close second is Contact-Sagan.

What motivated you to write this story?

It was a writing prompt for a writers’ group I belong to.

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

Ben Franklin.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading and software design and development.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

The idea of having my story performed sounded very cool.

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

Write. Learn about craft, especially story structure, from credible sources.

*****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story: A Christmas Miracle in Butzbach by D K Christi

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

Against impossible odds during the Viet Nam era, young love between an American college girl and her Navy fiance triumphs on a snowy, moonlit Christmas Eve in the courtyard of an ancient church in Butzbach, Germany

What genres would you say this short story is in?

non-fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

A miracle

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Dances With Wolves

How long have you been working on this story?

Since it occurred in the late 60s

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Wuthering Heights

What motivated you to write this story?

The unforgettable emotional moment that remained with me for a lifetime. The couple married, have three sons and two grandchildren. It is the ultimate miracle with a continued happy ending.

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

Jesus Christ

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Equality of opportunity across the globe

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

The magic deserves performance.

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

Write a bit every day about everything.

*****

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Short Story: Marionette by Melissa R Mendelson

Performed by actor Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

Have you ever had that moment, where you felt small, vulnerable, misunderstood and it didn’t matter if you were the villain or hero because nobody wanted to hear about it, and all you want to do is disappear? But what if you could make it disappear? What if you could make it all go away, so it doesn’t come back again? That is what Marionette is about.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Horror; Mystery/Suspense

How would you describe this story in two words?

Been Bullied?

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I have seen way too many movies in my life, but right now, I’m loving The Purge: Anarchy.

How long have you been working on this story?

I’m a member of this artistic, collaborative website called, HitRecord, and last June, I stumbled across this simple drawing by shanaynaynaomi. It’s just a drawing of a little girl, who is holding a pair of scissors in one hand and the strings of a marionette in the other hand. The drawing is actually called, Marionette, which inspired me to write this story.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer. This was one of the books that my grandmother, may she rest in peace, bought for me, and sadly I had given it away. Recently, I bought it off Amazon and hope to use it as my character’s favorite book in my new novella/novel.

What motivated you to write this story?

Please, see number 5.

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

Kevin Smith

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies and TV Shows

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

I have been an avid submitter of WildSound for awhile now because they deliver on not only their performances of your writing but on exposure as well.

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

Last year, I went on a self-publishing spree and spent a lot of money on book giveaways through Goodreads, and I definitely increased my exposure. But I think my biggest mistake with this was not having those stories professionally edited, and with my next novella/novel, I plan on having it thoroughly edited before it’s published/self-published.

*****

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson