October 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

 

ACTORSHORT Story – WATERMELON EATING CONTEST
October 2016 Reading
Written by Teri B. Clark

ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent

ACTORSHORT Story – TOUCHING MY SPINE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Monique Amado

ACTORNOVEL READING – THE PESSARY
October 2016 Reading
Written by Juliet M. Nevins, MD

ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent

ACTORSHORT Story – A TOXIC GAME
October 2016 Reading
Written by Marianne Hagadorn

ACTORSHORT Story – TRUE NORTH
October 2016 Reading
Written by Hal Ackerman

ACTORSHORT Story – GOBLIN
October 2016 Reading
Written by J.F. Capps

ACTORSHORT Story – DEAD END JOB
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alice Lacey

ACTORSHORT Story – ASTRONAUTS SWEAR THE THE VIEW IS NEVER DULL
October 2016 Reading
Written by James Hartley

ACTORSHORT Story – IN THE CLEARING
October 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Bensinger

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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THE ACE OF KINGS – Novel Prologue Reading by Dan Levinson

Watch the August 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

THE ACE OF KINGS by Dan Levinson

Novel reading performed by Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your novel about?

My novel is about a teenage blacksmith named Andie, who discovers she’s the lost heir to an empire in turmoil. Sailing across the sky on the great skyship Liberty, mentored by the renowned mercenary Sieg Cyrill, called the “Ace of Kings,” Andie must decide whether she’s willing to take on the mantle of rulership she was born to, and how much she is willing to sacrifice to get there.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

The Ace of Kings is a swashbuckling fantasy geared for young adults and up. And despite all the high-flying action and unique magic, there’s a lot more to it: It explores themes of family, politics, and the challenges of growing up. It is an adventure novel, a coming-of-age novel, and rather than sugar-coating some “long lost princess” storyline, Andie must deal with the very real issue, that in her homeland innocent people are being mercilessly slaughtered; and yet if she tries to rally her people and take back the crown, it will mean civil war, death on a massive scale.

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

Soaring adventure!

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

Hook. Kind of apropos, don’t you think? 😉

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

On and off for about five years. Hopefully sometime in the next year I’ll do another rewrite.

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

I actually don’t! But if I had to pick, it would probably be Brian Jacques’ Redwall. I plan to read that one to my kids, some day.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I’ve always been a fantasy lover. In this case I was inspired by Polish fantasy author Andrezj Sapkowski’s Wiedzmin series, known as The Witcher here. There was a PC game made years ago — the first in what’s now a very successful game trilogy — which was inspired Sapkowski’s series, which in turn caused me to pick up the first book, The Last Wish. I became inspired by the Geralt of Rivia character, a hero who was grizzled, confident, experienced, and fairly well known throughout the land. This led me to create Sieg Cyrill back in 2008, who’s a bit more of a dandy than Geralt, but has a similar level of prowess and fame. Originally, Sieg was the main character of this series, and I wrote some short stories featuring him. But I eventually realized that the story I wanted to tell didn’t lend itself to Sieg being the protagonist. I believe it was in 2011 that I created Andie, and actually started writing the book.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Tough one. Probably Stephen King or Meryl Streep, if we’re going with the living.

If we include the dead, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time was a huge influence on me, so I’d love to sit down with him. Also, Thomas Wolfe and H.P. Lovecraft.

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

I was actually a drama major in college. I’m passionate about all types of storytelling — theater, film and TV, video games, and more. I’m also very politically conscious, but it’s probably best not to wander into those waters right here.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

In general I find festivals and contests that offer feedback to be extremely helpful. WILDsound in particular I think curates a team of top-notch readers, because the commentary I’ve received has consistently been among the best and most constructive. So I entered the competition for the objective critique, as well as the chance for some exposure.

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

Never become complacent with your skill level as a writer. Be unyielding in your willingness to put ego aside, and focus instead on learning from every mistake that you make. You don’t have to take every criticism to heart, but the comments that make you the most upset or defensive are often the comments that ring most true. When someone denigrates your work, don’t take the easy way out by telling yourself they “just didn’t get it.” We write for ourselves, but we also write to communicate, to convey what’s in our hearts. If those ideas aren’t reaching people the way we want them to, it’s our responsibility to turn around and make it better. That’s what I think, anyway.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Excerpt from TJ’S LAST SUMMER IN CAPE COD by GARFIELD WHYTE

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Transcript reading performed by actor Sean Kaufman

Get to know writer Garfield Whyte:

1. What is your novel about?

TJ (Taj James) an 18 year old high school basketball star wants to make this summer his best ever, before he leaves to take up his college basketball scholarship, but he needs help. So, he rolls the dice and calls on his 55 year old Uncle Peter, a womanizer par excellence, to help him with those plans. TJ has secrets for Uncle Peter so TJ was very sure his uncle would do anything for him, as his uncle’s promises seemed more sacred than wedding vows. As summer rolled along TJ is forced to make decisions whether to be a good boy or to practice some of the lessons his uncle is teaching him. Was it worth it when summer ended? That will depend on whose side you are on.

TJ’s Last Summer in Cape Cod is; bold, provocative, rude, sexy, suspenseful, unpredictable and witty. You will want to be 18 again.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

It’s a fun novel that will make you want to be 18 again

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

Entertaining and unpredictable

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

Pretty Woman

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

12 months

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

The Sands of Time by Sidney Sheldon

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I felt that all my life i have been reading books by other authors, so it was time to write a book of my own.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Julia Roberts

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

Environmental Photography as is evidenced by my environmental photography and poetry book titled: Feelings

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I wanted the exposure which i am grateful for.

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

Stop procrastinating just write and write and write, never be distracted

Submit your NOVEL to the Festival Today

Watch Prologue Reading of the Novel: IN THE WAKE OF WAR

Watch Prologue Reading IN THE WAKE OF WAR, by Stephen L. Nowland:

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Get to know writer Stephen L Nowland:

1. What is your novel about?

In broad strokes, this book is a fantasy adventure about a young girl’s journey from a wartime survivor to a person of courage, willing to stand up for what she believes in.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

In addition to being an engrossing adventure, the story touches on topics of gender roles in society, the heroes that influence us in our daily decisions and the things we’ll go through to protect those near and dear to us.

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

“Riveting Adventure”

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

Back to the Future – roughly 25 times! I’ve dissected it and rate it as one of the best movies every put together, in terms of structure, flow and just plain fun! Yes, I want a Delorean some day.

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

I’ve laid out the preliminary work over the course of a few years, as I was developing the fantasy world in which the story exists. The actual writing, from start to finish took me around 10 months, but I had also been distracted by other work during the year.

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

I can’t go past ‘Magician’ from R.E. Feist, which blew my mind back in the day!

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

I wanted to create a character who might inspire younger readers, particularly girls, to believe in themselves, to be more courageous in life, and to solve problems without resorting to violence or other methods where possible. I have, hopefully, achieved this with Aislin Ballard, the protagonist of this book.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Turner, who’s work I saw at a gallery when I was young and who inspired me to try my hand at landscape paintings of my own.

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

I’m quite passionate about art, particularly the thoughts and emotions which can be evoked with it. Writing and art are similar in that regard, though art seems to seep into one’s consciousness almost of its own volition, while writing needs to be digested, as such. I’m also a game designer, as I find the mechanics of how they work seems to come unbidden to my mind which I guess counts as passion!

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I received a tweet from the novel festival and after seeing the results of other readings, I thought ‘they’re on to something here’! I was also looking at different ways to ‘get my book out there’, and having the 1st chapter read was a brilliant idea. I really should get the whole thing done, for audiobook purposes!

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

The noise of modern life can shout-out your inner voice, the muse from whence comes all your creativity. I find it helpful to seek a quieter life, to allow that voice to come through clearer. I also advise making each and every sentence count towards character or action – edit out anything that doesn’t add to either, as it’s just filler text. Keep it concise and on-message.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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

Novel Transcript Reading: INTO THE SHADOWS, by Marie Jones. Performed by Amaka Umeh

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Watch INTO THE SHADOWS Transcript Reading:

Get to know writer Marie Jones:

1. What is your novel about?

‘Into The Shadows’ is a romantic suspense, woven with mystery and family drama. It is one woman’s journey to take a brave step to change herself and her situation, literally going into the very shadows of herself, and by doing so drawing others own shadows out as they are intricately pulled into her story.

Arriving home from a short holiday in Dingle, Lily Crossways makes a staggering discovery on one of her photos taken on ‘Inch Beach’, a woman’s desperate face is staring directly at her. Yet Lily knows she was alone that day on the beach. Who is she, is she even real, and why has she appeared to Lily? Unable to let the woman go, Lily makes the uncharacteristic decision to leave behind her safe world in England and return to Dingle to try and find her. Her search eventually leads her to cafe owner David Carson, this woman’s brother, who hasn’t seen his ‘missing’ sister in five years. Lily must now convince him to trust in her, taking bold steps to prove herself to him, and together track down his sister before it’s too late. Yet are either prepared for the hidden secrets they are about to uncover in their earnest desire to find her, and the impact it will have on those they love?

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Although the character of Lily is fictitious, her doubts and lack of confidence in herself is something I see in so many of us – our inability to see our own potential. My hope is that as people read my novel, as well as enjoying a fast-paced suspense and heart warming romance, they will also be able to really relate to Lily, and by doing so, appreciate their own potential and worth.

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

Woven mystery

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

The Sound of Music

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

Over two years!

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

Persuasion by Jane Austen

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

My novel, ‘Into The Shadows’, was actually birthed the day I stood on Inch Beach in Ireland and quite simply had my breath taken away by this beautiful stretch of sand; so full of mystery and intrigue.I could picture Natalie standing there before me, and it was from here the rest of my characters came to life.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would love to sit down with Jane Austen to ask her what inspired her to write her stories and what it was like to be a woman writer in the 19th century.

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

I love with a passion all things creative – photography, drawing, graphic designing – you name it! Whether I am writing stories, photographing or drawing, everyday men and women with all their amazing complexities will always fascinate and inspire me. I’m also passionate about church and community. My faith is important to me.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

As a debut writer, its so important to be as proactive as possible in helping to get your book known and promoted, as well as receive (hopefully positive!) feedback. I’m learning my craft all the time and appreciate every comment I receive. The Novel Festival is a fantastic way to do this.

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

Be determined, don’t give up. And make every single word count.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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

Cheerage Fearage – Prologue Reading by Kimberly Dana. Reading by Reetu Bambrah

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Get to know writer Kimberly Dana:

1. What is your novel about?

It’s ten years after cheer captain Lexy Mills’ bizarre drowning, but the bloodthirsty pranks are still going down at a hypnotic pace. Urban legend says it’s Lexy seeking revenge, picking off cheerleaders one by one in a symphony of horrors.  Peppered with humor and wit to offset the diabolically scary, CHEERAGE FEARAGE will have teens salivating for more Tiki Tinklemeyer and tales of the sleepy, supernatural town of Valentine. CHEERAGE FEARAGE is the first installment of a paranormal jaw-dropping teen series, jam-packed with chills and thrills that will leave no pimple ungoosed! Fire up as the girls get ready to fly high and die! Ready? O-kay!

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

Teens love chills and thrills, and this novel is no exception.  Think Friday the 13th meets Bring It On!    

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

Creepy fun.  

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

I love suspenseful thrillers.  

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

I wrote Cheerage Fearage in about twelve months.  

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

My favorite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird.  

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

Competition and drama are a big part of girl world.  I loved the idea of a cheerleading co-captain drowning the captain, who comes back as a vengeful ghost.  Her bloodthirsty motto could only be Fly High and Die!

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Stephen King

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

I love to cook, write, and read voraciously.  

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

The Novel Festival is a fabulous way to showcase your writing.  

11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Read, read, read.  Write, write, write.  Never quit.

Submit your Novel to the Festival. Three ways to submit:https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the Fall 2015 1st Chapter Novel Winners

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

Watch the 1st Chapter Novel Readings for Fall 2015:

Click the LINK and watch all of the winning readings performed by professional actors.

Chapter 1 NOVEL – Please Hold
November 2015 Reading
Written by Tricia Stewart Shiu

NOVEL Chapter 1 – Emma the Nerd at the End of the World
October 2015 Reading
Written by Cathy Herberg

NOVEL Chapter 1 – Silent Hearer
October 2015 Reading
Written by Marcia Shury

Chapter 1 Novel: APRIL SNOW
September 2015 Reading
by Lynn Stewart

Chapter 1 Novel: SHIELD OF THE PALIDINE
September 2015 Reading
by Barbara T. Cerny

Chapter 1 Novel: COURAGE UNDER FIRE
September 2015 Reading
by Vanayssa Somers