Chapter 1 Novel Reading: Briar Earth, by Paul Tapp

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

Reluctance, tradition and coincidence. They bring together as princess and escort, an opiniative ‘silly girl’ and a ‘handsome captain’, who fails his diplomatic mission to keep her silent on contentious matters at her fox-hunting debut. A puppy hound and a missing fox-cub confound the biggest fox-meet of the year and bring an end to the cruel tradition.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Historic fantasy/Historic romance.

How would you describe this story in two words?

World’s collide.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca

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

Summer Wine

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Woman In White (Wilkie Collins)

What motivated you to write this story?

As a kid I watched my grandpa and his dogs race rabbits to their burrows. He’d dig them out, apologise as they squealed in fear, wring their necks. It was his living. So too for many over the centuries, is the tradition of fox-hunting. It was a cathartic journey to understand the fear of the fox … and the concomitant respect between the hunted and the hunter when a beagle puppy discovers a fox-cub hiding in a manor stable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

International polemics in a complex, selfish world that will destroy everything we love.Making family documentaries. Investigative journalism.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Nice to hear someone read something I have written. To see if they ‘get’ the nuance in a chapter without the perspective of the full novel.

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

Don’t pitch to an audience. Write to appease something within.
Re-write until all paragraphs say ‘yes’. Writing is a private journey to somewhere. Collect fellow travellers along the way. 

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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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Novel transcript: Dreamdale’s Dark Hearts by Jeremy Roberts

Performed by Val Cole

Title: Dreamdale’s Dark Hearts #1. “Arden Wonder and His Strange Change”

Genre: Horror/Comedy/Fantasy – 114 pages

Synopsis: When a frightening nightmare creature escaped its underworld prison, a brave boy, Arden Wonder, must slay the quirky dream monster, Count Comatose. Before the vampire villain has an opportunity to wake up and feed on the dreams and nightmares of young souls. This will allow Count Comatose to unleash a nightmarish apocalypse that will corrupt reality and every cursed Gifted Soul will eventually change into Nether Gifted Souls. And be Count Comatose’s slaves forever at his lair in the Nether Nod. If Arden and his faithful companions can cure all the sleepy souls of Dreamdale!

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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

SIMULATION (Ch. ILIAD) – Novel Transcript by Ami Blackwelder

IMPerformed by Val Cole

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

It is about a future where a quantum computer controls the cities. One girl, Masha, decides to resist the computer’s control.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

YA SyFy Dystopian

How would you describe this story in two words?

Thought-Provoking

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gosh, Pride and Prejudice

How long have you been working on this story?

For a few months

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I love a few. Divergent, Hunger Games, Star Wars

What motivated you to write this story?

Our future

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

Einstein

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Science, Nature, Animals, Reading, Teaching, Traveling

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I would love a professional reading of the first pages to get readers interested

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

Do what you love.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

December 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the November 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – GUARDING SHAKESPEARE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Quintin Peterson

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – A CHANCE FOR LIFE
December 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Anne Ewald

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – HUSBANDS MAY COME AND GO BUT FRIENDS ARE FOREVER
December 2016 Reading
Written by Judith Marshall

ACTORNOVEL Transcript Reading – ZOMBIE TURKEYS
December 2016 Reading
Written by Andy Zach

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Best of 2016 CRIME Novel Loglines

Submit your Novel to the Festival Today: https://novelwritingfestival.com

CLICK the LINK and read the best of 2016 CRIME Novel Loglines: 
RESCUE BY A KISS, by Colleen Mooney

THE DEVIL’S DAMSEL, by Ronald E. Hignite

MENTAL DENTAL, by Ram Gulrajani

STALKER, by Michael Stoney-Channon

KILLER CONVERSATIONS, by Stephanie Parker McKean

THE TWINS, by RG Miller

THE KA OF MATHIAS SCHINKEL, by HE Balinovsky

THE SCENT OF MY SON IN GOOD WE TRUST, by Adrienne Miranda

THREE BLACK BOYS: TOMORROW AFTER SUPPER, by Zangba Thomson

LOVE YOU TO DEATH, by Rita Ames

PRESUMED DEAD, by Jearl Rugh

A WOMAN OF AVARICE, by Sam McCrea

KILLERBYTE, by Cat Connor

RAMPAGE, by Alan Brenham

THE JERSEY SHORE: THRILLER, by John E. O’Rourke

HELL TO PLAY, by Jenny Thomson

ALTER EGO, by Tory Allyn

RED STORM, by Thom Tate

EASY INNOCENCE, by Libby Hellman

IN THE NAME OF THE SUN, by Alex Drinkwater Jr.

THE SAFE WORD, by Karen Long

A CURRENT DECEPTION, by Arleen Allment

CLONE DRONES, by RC & JP Carter

Best of 2016 BIOGRAPHY Novel Loglines

Submit your Novel to the Festival Today: https://novelwritingfestival.com

CLICK the LINK and read the best of 2016 BIOGRAPHY Novel Loglines: 

WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME, by David P. Perlmutter

LUNA TREE: THE BABY PROJECT, by Maya Berger

THE MAVERICK EFFECT, by George Verdolaga

THE LION THE LEGEND AND THE COAL MINERS DAUGHTER, by Anne Mayhew

THE GIRL IN THE SHADOWS, by Kim Oshea

IT’S ALL ABOUT TRUST, by Sue Malcolm

A TURNKEY OR NOT, by Tony Levy

THE RABBIT CULTURES, by Antonio Capaldo

TEACHING FOR WHAT, by Michael J. Fusco

JOHARIS WINDOW, by Suzy Davies

ENCOUNTER IN NINEVEH, by Mahmoud Nafousi

RECOLLECTIONS OF MY LIFE, by John Findley

A SPECIAL GIFT, by Wanda Brown

WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT, by Patricia

LIFE ALIGNED WITH MARY MAGDALENE, by Renee Michelle Christian

JACK DAWKINS, by Charlton Daines

A WOMAN WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED, by Lucie Novak

THEREALYOUTUBESTORY.com, by Eric Skaggs

TO FLY AGAIN: PORTRAIT OF A BIPOLAR LIFE, by Rachelle Hasnas

AS DARKER GROW THE SHADOWS, by MJ Roe

 

Watch Winning Novel Performance Readings:

Best of 2016 ADVENTURE Novel Loglines

Submit your Novel to the Festival Today: https://novelwritingfestival.com

CLICK the LINK and read the best of 2016 ACTION Novel Loglines: 

ARA, by Haidar Hashim

THE DRAGON OF TIME: GOD’S AND DRAGONS, by Aaron Dennis

WINDIGO, by E.C. Hunter

FASHIONABLY LATE, by Jeffrey Radlauer

ALEX THE INVENTOR, by G.F. Bryn

THE LOBBY, by Randi M. Sherman
SECRETS AND LIES IN EL SALVADOR, by Sherrie Miranda

CHRISTMASVILLE, by Michael Dutton

OUTBACK PROMISE, by Maggie Bolitho

COME AND TAKE IT, by Landon Wallace

THE TIMETRIPPERS, by Hamish Robertson

I’M KITA DURAN, by Veronica Purcell

ORDOWAHL THE HUGE AND UGLY, by Joel Hinrichs

UNCLE MJ, by Magdalena Stancheva

NYX SHADOW OF LIGHT, by KM Novels, Kris Moore

THE GATHERING: BOOK ONE OF THE LIA FAIL CHRONICLES, by SL Darling

ATHEISAURUS 1: BJORN AND ZORN, by Cahill-Lloyd

REALMS AND THE GIANTS SPEAR, by Maninder Singh and Vaspx

HEALER OF CARTHLAGE, by Lynne Gentry

GARRETT AND THE FEATHER SERPENT QUETZALCOATL, by Carl Gundestrup

SHADOWWATER, by Wendy Shreve

PUHA, by J. Bradley Van Tighem

 

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