Excerpt from – A Chance For Life by Laura Anne Ewald

Performed by Michelle Alexander

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What is your novel about?

Sam has never wanted children of her own, but when she is given an ultimatum, can Sam give up life as she knows it for another woman’s child she never wanted?

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Contemporary women’s fiction, little “R” romance, Christian worldview.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Pro life.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

It must be White Christmas–at least once a year since I was a little girl.

How long have you been working on this story?

From start to published, it took about 15 months.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

It must be Anne McCaffrey’s The Lady (Ballantine Books, 1987). It’s a lovely story of family set in Ireland’s horse country in the early 1970s..

What motivated you to write this story?

A dream. Seriously, I woke one morning with the cast and story line just screaming to be written.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Sue Coleman. She’s the only artist I’ve consciously collected. Her juxtaposition of naturalistic painting and Northwest Coast Native American formline draws me into the woods, onto the beach, back to the Pacific Northwest. I can study one of her paintings, of which I have several prints, and almost smell the salt water and fir trees.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Puppets and puppet theater! I’m smack in the middle of prepping for our third annual Festival of Lessons & Carols with Puppets this week. The brand new 3 kings are dressed and waiting for their eyelashes, makeup, and hats!

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

My background in theater, I’m certain. There’s just something very special about hearing the words you’ve written read aloud by someone else.

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

Creatively speaking, never stop reading, never stop writing, and never let anyone tell you either one isn’t worth doing. Technically speaking, save your work—often—and use a reliable back-up tool (flash drive, external hard drive, cloud—or all of the above)!

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Excerpt from – Zombie Turkeys by Andy Zach

Performed by Michelle Alexander

Author’s Website: http://zombieturkeys.com/

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Get to know the author:

What is your novel about?

Zombie Turkeys that can’t be killed and the bloggers that pursue the story.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Comic urban fantasy

How would you describe this story in two words?

Turkey Terror

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

It’s a Wonderful Life

How long have you been working on this story?

Eleven months

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

What motivated you to write this story?

We were eating turkey for supper and said, “What would happen if this turkey came back to life?”

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Escher

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Christianity

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I love audio books and I love dramatic readings. I think my book’s humor is very suitable for a dramatic performance.

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

Get started and persist in writing.

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Excerpt from – Guarding Shakespeare by Quintin Peterson

Performance by Michelle Alexander

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Get to know the author:

What is your novel about?

Guarding Shakespeare is a noir mystery thriller set against the backdrop of the world renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, which contains the world’s largest collection of First Folios and Shakespeareana. Long-time security guard Lt. Norman Blalock, who is being forced into retirement, has been tasked by a wealthy businessman and his lovely emissary to steal a priceless artifact hidden within the institution’s underground bank vault that will not be missed and become a wealthy man, with no one the wiser.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Noir mystery thriller.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Heist job.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca.

How long have you been working on this story?

This published novella took me a year to write.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

What motivated you to write this story?

I was inspired to write Guarding Shakespeare by working at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Jacob Lawrence.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Working on my artwork, film study, and playing Chess.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I’ve done a lot of book readings and was curious to hear someone else read my work.

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

Aspiring fiction authors should first pick the genre they are most interested in, read a lot of work in that genre, and write a lot. Enter contests in that genre and surf the Net for anthologies in that genre seeking submissions.
 

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Excerpt from – Husbands May Come and Go But Friends are Forever by Judith Marshall

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Get to know the author:

What is your novel about?

The story takes place in Northern California in the spring of 2000, when the dot-com boom was at its peak. Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a successful executive in her late fifties and a divorced mother of two. Emotionally armored and living alone, she wants only to maintain the status quo: her long-term significant other, her job, and her trusted friends – five feisty women whose high school friendship has carried them through multiple marriages, dramatic divorces, and maddening menopause. Yet in a matter of days, the three anchors that have kept her moored are ripped away.

The group of lifelong pals gathers at Lake Tahoe to attend to the funeral arrangements of their beloved friend, and tries to unravel the mystery of her death. Through their shared tragedy, Liz learns how disappointment and grief can bloom into healing and hope.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Women’s fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Humorous and sad

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

An Affair to Remember (the original)

How long have you been working on this story?

12 years (it was published in 2009 and was optioned for the big screen in 2010)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Other Side of Midnight” by Sidney Sheldon

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to write about how enduring friendships expand our compassion and lend meaning to our lives.

What artist would you love to have dinner with? v

Dorothy Parker – would love to sit with her at the Algonquin Roundtable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Theater and movies

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I love my eccentric characters and wanted to hear them speak.

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

Keep learning your craft. Attend every workshop, lecture or conference you can and keep writing, even if you think it’s crap!

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Short Story: A Toxic Game by Marianne Hagadorn

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A Toxic Game  by Marianne Hagadorn

What is your short story about?

An over privileged bully

What genres would you say this story story is in?

YA

How would you describe this story in two words?

Alarmingly relevant

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

This is hard- I would have to say probably an animated Disney movie. Sleeping Beauty probably.

How long have you been working on this story?

I’ve been toying around with the idea for a month or so.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

This is so difficult. If I had to pick just one I would say Confessions of an Ugly Step Sister by Gregory Maguire.

What motivated you to write this story?

We see so many stories in the news about bullies, kids committing suicide because of it. If I expand the story I would want to focus on the narrators consequences

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Van Gough

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Photography, news and politics

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

I thought it would be awesome to see my idea come to life.

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

Write, every day. No idea is a bad idea. Always put yourself out there.

Short Story: True North by Hal Ackerman

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

True North  by Hal Ackerman

What is your short story about?

A very old man recalling the most painful moment his life

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Literary fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Comedically surrreal

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Godfather

How long have you been working on this story?

A year

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Lolita

What motivated you to write this story?

An exercise in my writing group

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Kurt Vonnegut

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

The race track

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

It seemed like fun

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

Whatever you don’t write won’t get written

Short Story: Goblin by J F Capps

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

Goblin  by J F  Capps

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your short story about?

It’s about waking up in the middle of the night to an inexplicable sight that culminates in something that horrifies every parent on the planet; the loss of a child.

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Horror

How would you describe this story in two words?

Flash Horror

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Probably “Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974)”. I was obsessed with this movie as a child.

How long have you been working on this story?

It just kind of came to me when I saw the ad for the short story competition. I wrote and edited it in about two hours.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Yes! Richard Matheson’s “I Am Legend”. It’s been my favorite book since I was 15.

What motivated you to write this story?

I just like to write, and when I get an idea I want to get some part of it on paper. The concept itself was so short I just did the entire thing in one sitting.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Wow, what a broad question. Really, I don’t know. I’ve been pretty caught up in the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series lately (yes, the originals from 1981), so Stephen Gammell comes to mind immediately.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My family, horticulture, and designing my own card and board games.

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

I’ve been writing since I was 9 years old, and I’ve always wanted to publish something, anything really, so I saw my opportunity for one of my stories to be read/heard, so I jumped at it. I guess I’m a “go getter”.

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

Well, it’s cliche but…read a lot and write a lot. Work what you can into your schedule every day and try to be consistent with your minimum amount. It also doesn’t hurt to read some of those advise books from published authors like Stephen King’s “On Writing” or Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style”, but just remember that you don’t have to follow their formula precisely. Find what works for you as long as you’re not breaking the rules of grammar. Be true to your own style.