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

Performed by Val Cole

BUY Novel Online

 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

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Novel Transcript Reading: Hair Day at Frida’s by Rachel Sutton

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your novel about?

It is based on events I witnessed in Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Love and what we’ll do for love

How would you describe this story in two words?

Human wavering

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Like Water For Chocolate’, a 1991 Mexican film, ‘Como Agua Para Chocolate’

How long have you been working on this story?

A few years.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

‘Eva Luna’ by Isabel Allende

What motivated you to write this story?

Rage

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Ben Stiller

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My child, cooking, our cat, Batman and I love my friends like family

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Novel Transcript Reading: The Pessary by Juliet M Nevins, MD

Watch the October 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

Reading performed by actor Michelle Alexander

The Pessary  by Juliet M  Nevins, MD

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your NOVEL about?

This novella was inspired by the many women, family and friends, whose lives have been touched by sexual violence. It is about a young physician struggling with her past. As a child Sophia was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, while her mother who had discovered this act, did nothing. Sophia finds escape through education, and as a young physician she meets Debra Little. Debra Little is an old woman from Jamaica who, with the help of two Americans, fled the island after her tenure with domestic abuse ended with the death of her child. The two find healing in each other’s stories. Debra Little finds forgiveness. Sophia finds courage.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Fiction (women’s interest)

How would you describe this story in two words?

Hard. Transformational.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Interestingly, I love action films. I can’t say that I have one that I have watched the most–as long as there is a good fight scene.

How long have you been working on this story?

More than 10 years.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Sula by Toni Morrison

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to tell a story: victims of abuse are found in the most unlikely places. The story was a narrative that would lead to healing, my healing and that of many others.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Oprah. She is so good at speaking the truth and I think that she is an excellent actress.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Health education. I have always enjoyed teaching, translating medical lingo into a language that non-medical people would understand. I have seen how this makes a difference.

Transcript Reading of CONTRARY WARRIORS: BLOOD LEGACY Chapter 1 by Sheryl Wright

Go to the writer’s website: http://www.sherylwright.com/

Transcript Reading of CONTRARY WARRIORS: BLOOD LEGACY

1. What is your novel about?

Blood Legacy is the second volume in the Contrary Warriors series and kicks off one year after SOE agent Cleo Deseronto escapes torture at a CIA black site. Now on a simple mission to notify an American Senator of his daughter’s death, Cleo and her stalwart cousin Bo are drawn into the web of an old-time spymaster. It’s a conspiracy that threatens to alter the future of the civilized world, and trying to stop it might just make Cleo and Bo the most wanted women in America.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

No matter what your age, gender, or background, you’ll find something of who you are, and who you want to be, in these iconic characters. The Contrary Warriors series is unique in scope and voice. Rarely do we find iconic Indigenous characters in modern day lives and in this world women and minorities do more than form a backdrop for their white male colleagues. Readers will find the pages littered with authentic people from all walks of life and facing the same day-to-day challenges…except for getting shot at, shot down, shot up, and everything else!

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

Nonstop Action!

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

Aliens!

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

Blood Legacy was a solid, full-time, six-month effort.

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

Eye of the Needle, the spy thriller, by Welsh author Ken Follett.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

Contrary Warriors, book 1 in the series, was a slow start and took years to write. At the time I was recovering from a near death incident and wanted to share some experiences in a safe and neutral way. Writing fiction made sense but the thriller, the action adventure, leaped from my imagination and onto the page determined to be heard.

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

I would love to share a meal with Adam Fortunate Eagle, the original Contrary Warrior.

Of course, if he wasn’t available I would invite WEB Griffin , just to hear him talk about how much he’s written over the years and I would have to invite a few others too; say Margaret Atwood, not to hear how she writes but where she comes up with her ideas; Thomas King for his stories of urban NDN’s, Thomson Highway and Joseph Boyden, because I could, and of course Camilla Gibb, if for no other reason than to regale in her smile!

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

The Pacha Mama (our sacred mother earth). We only have one inhabitable planet and using her as if she is easily replaceable is shortsighted to say the least.
Of course, as a pilot I’m a total aviation queen. That may seem to heavily contrast the above, but as an engineer I know we have alternatives already available, and have been working on plans for solar powered GA aircraft.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I think it’s important to hear criticism in order to improve our work.

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

Write. Write every day. Write about everything, then write some more. When you just can’t work on something, switch up to something else. Stretch yourself; write about things you don’t like, write about things that make you uncomfortable, and then write even more. Your best work will come once you’ve turned writing into an autonomic function. Think of writing as a muscle, once you get it in shape, you will have the power to create anything you can imagine.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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