Novel Transcript Reading: MOST WANTED, by Linda Palmer

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Performed by Katelyn Varadi

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Kate Lawless, nineteen, is all alone in the world and struggling at the moment to make ends meet. Although answering a World Security League all-call for psychics is dangerous in these phobic times, she is tempted by the promise of reimbursement for just showing up. Screenings take place in a hotel conference room. When hers goes very well—a shocker—she is checked in so that she can undergo further testing. Staying at the ritzy hotel is quite a treat for Kate. The Christmas decorations are beyond beautiful. The festive background music reminds her of past holidays, most of them celebrated with a foster family or with other kids living in the youth ranch or orphanages that have been her life since the age of two. Her holiday plans this year? Enjoy this surprise vacation to the max, take the money, and pay her past-due rent.

Nikolai Nycov, a Russian member of the WSL team, is assigned to her. While he claims that he’s only interested on a professional level, he won’t stop meddling in her personal life. He comes off as deliberately distant one minute; too helpful, the next. Although annoying, this actually intrigues Kate, as does the fact that her clairvoyance gets a psychic boost whenever Nikolai is physically close.

Distracted by her growing feelings for him, she finds it harder and harder to lock onto Mbali Tinibu, the ruthless Sierra Leone civil war criminal she is helping the WSL locate. Kate finally asks to work alone and is given permission in spite of Nikolai’s objections. Only then does she realize how unpredictable and dangerous her psychic gifts can be. And having an annoying Russian around? Well, sometimes that’s not so bad.

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

Young/New adult paranormal romance

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

independent heroine

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

Divergent

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

There are five songs on my list of all-time favorites. At the very top is “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas.

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

Yikes. Another hard question. It would have to be Jane Eyre. It introduced me to Gothic romance, mystery, and courageous, timeless heroines. (I own every movie, series, and miniseries of it that has ever been made.)

7. What motivated you to write this story?

My favorite books, movies, or TV shows are usually ones with a spunky heroine, an inappropriate hero, and an element of danger. That’s what I read and watch with the most pleasure. That’s what I tend to write (with the most pleasure).

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

Richelle Mead, author of the amazing Vampire Academy series, which I have read and re-read so many times. I have a lot of questions for her and a lot of compliments to pay.

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

Reading, music, and movies.

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

I wanted to hear it someplace besides inside my head.

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

The most important thing you can do is to grab a pen, a pencil, a recorder, or a keyboard and BEGIN. Writers write.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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Novel Transcript Reading: SHARLEY’S LESSONS, by R.K. Vetter

Performed by Carina Cojeen

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your novel about?

This is a heart-written, tweens-and-up fiction book for the ages, set in the innocence and freedoms of early 1960’s rural Iowa. It is a poignant, personal experience-based tale of love, friendship and loss; a delightful journey of both human and spiritual growth, which took me fifty-two years to write!

The main characters are Sharley, who died too young after battling leukemia, and Kate, who recounts Sharley stories from their childhood that helped broaden her perspective on life and encourage her to do things she otherwise would never have done. A grieving Kate struggles with her best friend’s illness and her ultimate death, coping in part by way of Sharley visiting her after her passing with the promise of an afterlife, as seen by a child. I invite you to enjoy this 52-year-old story!

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

Youth Fiction

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

Endearing. “Classic.”

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

Easy! A Christmas Story

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

“High Hopes” made most famous by Frank Sinatra.

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

My favorite children’s novel is My Daniel by Pam Conrad. I have definitely read it more than once.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

American children will never again experience the innocence and freedoms of Midwest farm life to be had in the 1950’s and 60’s. It was a hard-fought, yet simpler life; perhaps not so easily understood by today’s standards. It is my hope that I have provided a glimpse into that way of life, and that through my writing, I can allow readers to relive that treasured time.

According to the American Cancer Society, in the 1960s, the 5-year survival rate for children diagnosed with leukemia was less than 10%. The current survival rate has increased to more than 90%. I have lived long enough to witness that monumental improvement. I also witnessed the passing of my own father in 2009, who devastatingly became yet another statistic in the fight against leukemia.

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

Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

I am passionate about recycling, honeybees and other pollinators, birds, anti-bullying, preserving local history, my new state, South Carolina, and my old states in the Midwest.

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

I usually have a “movie” in my head as I write scenes. So, naturally, I would like to see a performance of my writing!

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

Read. Write. Share. Learn. Grow. Repeat.

Seek instruction through the modeling of successful authors.

Read their products and learn through their craft.

Write with your own, true voice. Write from your heart.

Share in a writing group or with a mentor or editor.

Learn from the feedback.

Grow your skills as you implement that feedback.

Repeat the process in an ever upward spiral of writing progress, development and evolution.

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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: Aunt Sookie & Me, by Michael Scott Garvin

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Young Poppy Wainwright feels much like a deck of cards, shuffled around from a boozing mother to a beloved grandmother. Finally bussed to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her grandmother’s cantankerous sister, Sookie. Through the enlightened eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl, the hilarity and insanity ensues.

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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 Ka, by Mary Deal

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

Archaeologists discover a tomb in Valley of the Queens containing hieroglyphs coded with magic and spells that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

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

Suspense

Fantasy

Paranormal

History

Time-Travel

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

Historical fantasy

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

Ladyhawke (1985) American Fantasy

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

I have no favorite song. I lived in Hawaii for 22 years and greatly favor Hawaiian music. I maintain a huge library of music of all kinds; classical, 1950s era, country/western, opera, jazz, foreign language music, and so much more. I play whatever suits my mood.

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

Grapes of Wrath (It is a depiction of my mother’s life as her family of 12 crossed the country, living in an old school bus during the Great Depression.)

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I woke in the wee hours from a vivid dream. In the dream I saw multiple scenes of Ancient Egypt, heard their voices, saw their costumes, their buildings, etc. It was real. I could detect a story. As I lay thinking about the strange and vivid dream, I must have gone back to sleep because I woke with a start, seeing one vivid still picture. At that point I knew I had a new novel to write. I immediately went to my PC in my pajamas and wrote for a solid five hours capturing every detail I had seen in the dream. Then I spent four years researching 3500 years of Egyptian dynasties to find the best place to weave my threads of fantasy.

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

My mother, to talk about her creativity. She was a country/western/blues singer/musician and could create a song out of hearing one or two words spoken.

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

I am a self-taught oil painter and have been told some of my work is similar to Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. I am also a photographer. I maintain marydealfineart.com and sell prints of my paintings and photography online.

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

I had entered the Logline to my novel, The Ka, in one of your offerings sometime ago and it received a favorable response.

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

All the stories rattling around in your mind do not get written unless you apply yourself and write them. I’ve been asked many times if I would write a person’s story for them. My response is that I cannot see what is in another person’s mind. Only you can visualize the story and write the details. Only you can make your story unique because it comes directly from 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 Readindg of SKYMERGE by Deepak Menon

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Get to know the writer: 

1. What is your novel about?

Answer 1:- Skymerge is about the emergent need for mankind to step out of this planet which is dying because of Global Warming. A million year old artifact is found in an excavation site in a desert area of Africa. Since it predates mankind’s appearance on Earth, there is no doubt that the Artefact is of extraterrestrial origin. The dig is closed and Professor Hoslop and his young lady Assistant Professor Saki, carry the artefacts to Washington USA after sending a telegram to an eminent Professor friend of Hoslops to arrange a meeting with the President of the USA. However even walls have eyes and ears. They are met at the airport by a group of imposters posing as the Presidents Special Body guard to escort Hoslop to the White House. Some instinct makes Saki distrust the bodyguard, and they use a subterfuge by leaving Hoslop’s Briefcase with the artefacts purportedly inside with the bodyguards on the pretext of going to the toilet. The body guards leave with the briefcase while the artefacts are actually in Saki’s handbag. Saki and Hoslop leave the airport in a cab shortly followed by the bodyguards. Thereafter John Kriel, the cab driver who is actually a millionaire author researching the life of a taxi driver who he has as a character in his next action novel, helps them to evade their pursuers, lets them stay at his little flat, discloses his alien origins, and hair raising episode after episode follow. The artefacts are opened out layer by layer and many, many years later, they manage to build a teleportation device which takes John Kriel to a planet Rukan with an ancient civilisation of sentient beings. Without saying more, Skymerge is a thriller with many great protagonists based on plausible physics and biology at every stage. I am convinced that Mankind has the ability to travel to the stars within a person’s lifetime without violating constraints like Einstein’s Velocity of Light. Skymerge is about civilizations, polity, wars, communication, entanglement – an Epic in every way. Read it to enjoy the story and be guided by it because within this century, mankind will be forced out of Earth to avoid Extinction. Skysplitter and Spacevasion are the two other Sci Fi Epics which follow Skymerge, and all have earned Readers Favorite 5 Star Reviews.

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

Answer 2 :- Visionary Science Fiction, Interstellar Adventure, Thriller, Young Adult, Alien Contact

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

Answer 3 :- I would describe this story as Eminently Readable

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

Answer 4 :- I think I have seen “Gone With The Wind” and “Dr. Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia” and the movie “Mughale Azam” the same innumerable number of times.

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

Answer 5 :- “Carnival” by the “Seekers”

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

Answer 6 :- “Tai-Pan” by James Clavell

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Answer 7:- Global Warming and Mankind’s need to escape extinction here on our dying Earth

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

Answer 8:- There are too many such people for me to name one. Since you ask, I suppose I would like to have dinner with “William Shakespeare”.

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

Answer 9:- I am a poet with 4 volumes of structured poetry published.

I am passionate about painting and have many of my paintings on online sites.

I love singing and I am also an avid viewer of all kinds of sports.

I travel extensively and delight in the wonders that Earth has provided for us.

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

Answer 10:- The Wildsound letter that informed me that my logline had been found to be among the best, instantly motivated me to make every effort to really inform the world about my books. If you examine the pricing, you will find that they are all published as scratch pricing with minimal profit for the author. I intend to delight the world across genres, and by Gad, that is what I will do. I am a multi genre author writing across genres.

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

Answer 11. The only advise I can give to any writer is not to hesitate to pour your heart out because great stories only live in the heart. And after finishing your book, edit, edit, edit, edit, edit word by word at least 5 times to remove errors and tie up stray threads. Never try to sell your books or your creativity will be disturbed – selling your books is someone else’s job. 

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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 RIPPLE, by Tui Allen

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Performed by Scott Beaudin

Get to know the writer: 

What is your novel about?

Ripple is the twenty million year old story of how love inspired one dolphin
to an intellectual achievement that changed the universe.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Love story. Animal story. Mind body spirit fiction.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Attitude changer.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Secret Garden – a fictional portrayal of the Law of Attraction. It’s a
children’s story but speaks to all ages.

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

“The Sounds of Silence.” (Simon and Garfunkel)

It is the musical representation of my insane dolphin character Maram, who
became a murderer. I have edited the lyrics slightly to better fit his
marine world.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Life of Pi. It’s one of the best mind/body/spirit animal stories out there.

What motivated you to write this story?

My experience of sailing in the middle of the ocean on the same terms as the
native marine beings, with only a wing in the wind and a fin in the sea.
Seeing the stars that fill half their lives and spending the long night
watches trying to imagine myself inside the minds, vocations and culture of
a dolphin’s world. Then I heard that dolphins have ten times the human
capacity to process sound. The story flowed straight from that fact and one
other – that dolphins evolved twenty million years before humans came down
from the trees. In view of those two facts, Ripple’s universe-changing
achievement seemed logical.

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

Richard Bach – author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, or Samuel Taylor
Coleridge, who wrote a mind/body/spirit story with a marine environmental
message long before it was fashionable. That story was The Ancient Mariner.
I used to recite it to myself on long night watches at sea.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Kayaking in the ocean near my home in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand.
Marine conservation. Saving the critically endangered Maui Dolphins from
extinction. Preventing all animal cruelty. Stopping the exploitation and
captivity of cetaceans. Saving the cetaceans from those who want to kill and
exploit them for money. Saving the planet from climate change. Obviously
with interests like these I am vegan.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I can’t remember to tell the truth.

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

You must just KNOW that the story you write is too important for the world
to miss.

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

Performed by Val Cole

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 Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

My continued search for justice for the brutal murder of my son.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

True Crime/ Inspiration and Faith

How would you describe this story in two words?

Unconscionable injustice

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

What a Wonderful Life

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

What a wonderful world/somewhere over the rainbow.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

To kill a Mockingbird

What motivated you to write this story?

The deep love and devotion I have for my son and knowing that the truth must be told. I have been beaten down continually over the past 10 years and these wrong doers must be held accountable and stopped.

My story details the beastly hate, greed and injustice that permeates through our society every day. I want to make a difference and all lives matter.

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

My son Joseph

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My faith, children, extending kindness to others, movies,
Music, singing, dance, Bible study, uplifting others, advocacy and never giving up.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Finally Knowing the truth and having all the proof that my sons brutal and tragic murder has been covered up by law-enforcement and prosecutors at every level.

So many people are supporting me to get my story out there for all people to know and understand that this horrific and hideous nightmare could happen to any parent.

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

When you know in your heart that your story must be told, write it. It is good to journal with dates and facts.

Always let your heart and soul guide you and when you begin put together a 1-2 page summary of the main theme, The plot thickening and your goals.

I had an important, crucial message to send; when you do make sure you deliver it.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne