Novel Transcript: Lemmon’s Journey by Philip Oyok

 

Performed by Rachel Rain Packota

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

“Lemmon’s Journey” is the story of a geriatric, in this case it’s Lemmon Grandee, recently retired and finds himself lost with regards to his life and what else to do.  His wife soon passes away which makes things even worst for him. He stumbles upon a collection of corresponding letters between his deceased wife and runaway daughter that he had been unaware of and takes it upon himself to set things right by traveling to the city his daughter resides and to convince her to return home with him.  But there’s a dark secret waiting for him down the road and it’s going to take plenty of courage not to succumb to it.
 
2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Contemporary Literature.


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

Redemption & Courage.


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

The Godfather.


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


‘As’ – Stevie Wonder.


6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Not necessarily.  But if I were to pick one, it would be ‘Grapes of Wrath’ – John Steinbeck.



7. What motivated you to write this story?
I once was homeless in New York City.  One afternoon while sitting at Central Park, I saw an older man (possibly a grand father) feeding a pair of ducks in a pond alongside his grandson.  I imagined that as the sort of relationship I wish I’d had with my Dad, and thought it would be great to write something related to the two of them.


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


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

Collecting Books and Comic Books.


10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I’ve struggled to find a means of promoting my novel from which the story is about, but have been unfortunate in that aspect.  I wish to use this as further means to get people to know about it.  Also to let the world know that I’m the next best writer out there.


11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
 
Always write blindfolded.  Don’t think about the story, but instead let the story guide you through the darkness into the light.

 

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Novel Reading of Sweet Dreams: Searching for Roy Buchanan, by Tory Gates

Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your novel about?

Sweet Dreams: Searching for Roy Buchanan is the first of the Sweet Dreams Series. It follows the life of Aki Sato, a Japanese teenager who is gifted (or is it cursed?) with the ability to time travel. It is called “Amida Syndrome,” and was passed down by her mother. But Aki’s mother and father were killed in an accident before she could be instructed in it use.

Aki is beset by terrifying nightmares, but in these, she hears a strange, musical progression that she cannot identify. This, plus Aki trying to help her older brothers, Kenji and Hiro keep the family business, and them, together.

A breakdown of her family’s vehicle leads to the discovery of that sound on Earth…a retired blues musician named Kazu offers to teach Hiro guitar; he also reveals to Aki that he, too, carries the Amida, and knew their mother.

Through a series of misadventures, Aki tests her powers and leads her brothers on a wild ride through time, and the blues. From the streets of Chicago, the Mississippi Delta, 1960s London and elsewhere, they meet legends before their time, and those who were never known until after their passing.

On the way, Hiro discovers his musical calling, an old flame from Kenji’s past comes back into his life, and Aki discovers her own voice…and they all learn of the power of the blues.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

This is Young Adult Fiction, with Emphasis on Coming of Age, Adventure, and SciFi/Fantasy. (But I’ve had readers from 13 to their 60’s tell me they loved it!)

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

Transformative Storytelling.

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

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I used to perform in two Boston area casts. I lost count how many time I’ve seen it long ago!

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

“Blues for the West Side,” Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

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

“Lord of the Rings,” J.R.R. Tolkien. I read “The Hobbit” at nine, and LOTR at ten, and I know that had the most profound influence on me. The telling of a tale in a place that took decades to create is something that I don’t think will ever again be approximated.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A series of threads wound together in my mind, and they should never have. Music, especially the blues has always moved and inspired me; my interest in Japanese history and culture, and the idea that if I was going to commit fully to writing, I was going to do “something different.”

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

Hayao Miyazaki. His films are the kind of stories I tell, the world he wants to see, and that’s the kind of world I write about…the one I/we want to see, not the one we’re told to see.

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

Too many things! I’ve been in broadcast radio for over 30 years; I’m currently a news anchor for the Radio Pennsylvania Network, which serves more than 60 stations; I also host an online blues program for the London-based Radio-Airwaves Station (they call me DJ`Riff), and I also play guitar and write songs as well.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I am interested in seeing how this story translates to the stage. When I write, I “see” the story, and imagine it in a film or play form. I’m especially intrigued by how others would “read” the story, and how they see the characters as being portrayed.

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

Write! Even if you are not writing a story right this minute, it’s perfectly okay to dream, think of your story, talk with your characters, interview them, listen to their conversations. Do character sketches, do timelines, storylines; all of this is writing. And write what you want written; never write to anyone’s orders, but yours.

 

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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

Novel Reading: Death of a Diva: Part One, by Brigitte Goldstein

 

performed by Carina Cojeen

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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

Novel Transcript Reading of The Crossing by Katrina Antoinette Croswell

Novel performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

The odyssey of a young adult girl, stolen from the shores of Africa to the Americas, and her decision to make the tumultuous voyage to find her family and the home from which she was taken.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Historical Fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

True Fiction

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Godfather (Part 1)

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

I’ll Write a Song for You (Earth Wind & Fire)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Too many to name. However, Do They Hear You When You Cry, by Fauziya Kassindja,
always comes to mind.

What motivated you to write this story?

A combination of the following:
A rainstorm
The clashing of metal chains
My Ancestors

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

Dr. Maya Angelou

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Extending some relief/healing through massage care
Nature walks
Reading

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

From the moment this story entered my consciousness, my protagonist has shown me
all that she see’s. I have always seen this particular passage performed, so when the opportunity presented itself through the Novel Writing Festival, I couldn’t pass it up.

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

To my fellow creative’s out there, trust your characters; they may actually know more than you. And if you open your self to them, what ends up on the page may surprise you. 

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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

Novel Transcript of DAY AFTER DISASTER by Sara F Hathaway

 

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your novel about?

Day After Disaster is an apocalyptic, adventure novel, featuring a dynamic young woman, mother and wife, Erika, who is thrust into a world turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Finding herself alone in a city mutilated by this disastrous situation, she must save herself. Once free of the city confines, she desperately tries to navigate through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to get back home to her family. Not knowing if they are alive or dead she must call on all of her survival instincts to plot a course through this broken environment.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Action/Adventure, Dystopian

How would you describe this story in two words?

Apocalyptic family

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Silver Hawk

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

Fred Bear by Ted Nugent

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Valley of the Horses by Jean M. Auel

What motivated you to write this story?

Day After Disaster was written to cause readers to reflect on two main points. The first thing this novel causes readers to ask themselves is what if our way of life was drastically altered in a snap. Anyone alive on 9-11 remembers exactly where they were when the world was changed, this novel causes the reader to ask where will I be when the world changes again? What would I be willing to do to save my family or myself? Would I even know how to survive in the natural world of our ancestors?

The next issue Day After Disaster causes the reader to ponder is an appreciation for the now. Modern humans live at such a fast-paced speed that the special moments of gratitude for the people surrounding you can be lost. So many things designed to make life easier or more entertaining may be drastically altering our basic social relationships and this book causes readers to consider the simplicity of the life that our society gave up in return for the conveniences of modern gadgets.

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

Roland Emmerich

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My family, Taekwondo, and wilderness survival.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

The Changing Earth Series would make a fantastic TV drama and I have been working hard to get it to the television screen.

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

Stay hungry

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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

Novel Reading: The Adventures of Tek Danger and Larry Applebaum (Discount) Mercenaries for Hire by Rich Hynes

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer: 

 What is your novel about?

It’s about two down-on-their-luck morons who, despite having neither
the qualifications nor the brains, decide to become mercenaries.
(Although Larry would have preferred to open up a nice ice cream stand
somewhere.) Due solely to their rock-bottom pricing, they manage to
snag an actual client — a shady religious organization — and agree to
retrieve a stolen relic from the Sisters of Agrona, the deadliest gang
in the universe. Accompanied by the naive Brother Caradoc, Tek and
Larry set out with one gun and not a lick of sense between them. Will
they succeed? Will they even survive? Probably not. But it’s fun
watching them “Gump” their way through it.

What genres would you say this story is in?

It’s a Sci-Fi comedy.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Amusing stupidity.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Rango’, a solid heroes journey that holds up over time with drama,
comedy and relatable characters. The fact that it’s animated is just a
bonus.

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

“Fruitcakes” by Jimmy Buffett

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. ‘Brave New World’ is a close
second and then the ‘Dragonlance’ series (Chronicles and Twins).

What motivated you to write this story?

I fell in love with the characters. I was tinkering around with story
ideas when I happened to meet Tek and Larry in the dark, slightly
cobwebby, recesses of my brain. I found myself incredibly interested
in following their adventures as the worst mercenaries in the universe
and seeing how they survive them.

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

Alive: Steve Martin — Dead: Benjamin Franklin — Both for the same reason.

I imagine dinner would start off with extremely interesting
intellectual discussions. A mini-salon if you will. Then, by the end
of the night, shit would get weird. Good weird, abstract weird, but
weird nonetheless.

Wait! Mel Brooks! I should have chosen Mel Brooks! It is too late to
change my answer? Dammit.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading. Finding those books you can’t put down and genuinely lament
having finished.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I always love hearing what I’ve written in someone else’s voice. I’m
so used to hearing it in my own head — my own timing, my own
inflections, my own pre-conceived notions — that I like hearing how
other people experience it. Adding their own emotional cues and
interpretations.

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

It’s a cliché, but keep writing. Be prolific in your writing. Finish
stuff. Millions of people have started writing a book or a screenplay,
but most never complete the first draft. Finish something and you’re
already way ahead of the crowd. Then finish something else. And then
something else after that. Because the first question you’re going to
be asked — if you’re lucky enough to get requested and read — is “what
else do you have?” You should have something else finished, polished
and ready to go. Preferably multiple something-elses.

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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

Novel Transcript Reading: ARIA: LEFT LUGGAGE, by Geoff Nelder

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

ARIA is about people – their reaction to a never-heard-of plague: infectious amnesia with no cure and no immunity has been brought to Earth. This is a tale of survival, escape, people in desperate circumstances yet with love, lust and humour.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Medical mystery / apocalyptic / post-apocalyptic / horror yet with some humour / science fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Infectious amnesia

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

2001 Space Odyssey

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

Two:
“Thriller” – Michael Jackson
“Your tiny hand is frozen” in Puccini’s La Boheme opera

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mythago Wood – Robert Holdstock

What motivated you to write this story?

Riding my bicycle up a steep Welsh hill, I thought of my mother who’d suffered amnesia following a stroke. The notion burst in – what if amnesia was infectious, think of the ramifications? By the time I’d reached the top of the hill – luckily there’s a cafe, the Ponderosa at Horseshoe Pass in North Wales – the amnesia in my story idea had become incurable, no one has immunity, and you lose memory backwards at the rate of a year’s worth per week.

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

Ovid, so I could tell him that in spite of his exile from Rome 2000 years ago his poetry and ideas live on. And sing to him those Bob Dylan songs using Ovid’s lyrics.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Opera and cycling, grandkids and hiking.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I’m nearly deaf so rarely participate in performances. Even so, I had the urge to have some of ARIA so performed.

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

Join a critique group or have your ouevre critiqued before submitting it.
Network, network, network – go to cons. 

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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