Chapter 1 Novel Reading: UNMASKED by R. Saint Claire

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

My novel is essentially a family drama about estranged, middle-aged people still trapped in the damaging social dynamic of their family of origin. There is literally no escape.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Definitely horror.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Twisted psychodrama.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Valley of the Dolls.

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

This is somewhat embarrassing, but probably Yes Starship Trooper.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

What motivated you to write this story?

It started as a personal challenge to write a screenplay at a summer camp setting, which I did. From there I developed it into a novel.

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

William Shakespeare, which would be very weird.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m also a filmmaker. I’m passionate about creativity in general.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

It sounded like a unique opportunity.

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

Write characters you really love (or love to hate) because you will be living with them for a long time.

 

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Chapter 1 Novel Transcript: No Accountability by Keith Lawton

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

– The novel is about my early childhood, being bought up in council care, through to modern day

What genres would you say this novel is in?

– Memoir

How would you describe this story in two words?

– Helping Others

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

– Great Expectations

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

– Brothers in Arms (Dire Straits)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

– The Grass Arena (John Healy)

What motivated you to write this story?

– Close friend encouraged

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

– My Father

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

– My Dog

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

– Goodreads

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

– Don’t rush – Read through – leave it alone for 2 months, then re-visit & revise – Do the same again for another 8 weeks – Edit, Edit, & Edit – get it proof read & re-visit again

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Novel Transcript Reading: OUTBREAK MUTINY, by Jay Sandlin

Performed by Val Cole

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

The Novel Comics is a shared universe of heroes and villains in an alternate timeline. In that sense, I hope to become, “the Stan Lee of the 21st Century.” The series takes place in a world with people who gain superpowers, the Outbreak Babies, and their struggles against the ruling Empire, The Reich. I label my chapters as “issues” for a comics style feel and will continue that trend in the Volume series. I will also release The Novel Comics Anthologies series for stories following other characters outside of the volume series.

See the back cover for a good description of the first book:

ALTERNATE HISTORY. WITH SUPERHEROES. 

December 31, 1929, was a Day That Lived in Infamy. A war between extraordinary beings with superpowers ended in DEFEAT for the United States and her Allies. Darkness fell on a Golden Age of heroes at the hands of the REICH. 

Ten years later, all still mourn the anniversary of the day the Reich seized control during Operation TripleReich. Life is a struggle for the Remnant States occupying the middle of the Old US. 

A virus in the Chicago Zone reignites the conflict between good and evil as the Outbreak Mutineers gather to stop the plague’s deadly origins. 

Join the Outbreak Babies: – Buccaneer, Clockwork, Atlas, and more- as they battle the Warlords of Reich. Their adventures stretch across the years and through the sewers, high-seas, and even a city park. 

No Matter the Time or Place, their Choice is Clear: 

Die Free or Live in Chains.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Superheroes, Alternate History, Action/Adventure, Fantasy, SciFi

How would you describe this story in two words?

 Superhero Melee

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Star Wars

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

 Bon Jovi- Wanted Dead or Alive

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (Technically a series, but I can cheat)

What motivated you to write this story?

 The cathartic release and escapism offered by writing is second to none. A blank word file contains infinite possibilities when I stare at the void of whiteness. It is waiting for me to create. I also have a love/hate relationship with the process. I am not a patient person by nature but had to learn to be as a writer. Every writer should learn that your stuff will always suck…at first. The first drafts are like crude blocks of stone in the hands of a sculptor. If the sculptor leaves only the inchoate form of his creation in the stone, it will never appear in a museum or be admired by on-lookers. It takes painstaking chipping away (editing) and constructive criticism from your peers to bring out the true potential.

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

 George Carlin

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

 Aside from being a History Master’s student and searching for the esoteric mysteries of the past, my hobbies are improve acting and being a father. I am a member of the Sticky Wickets Improv Troupe (www.facebook.com/ItsTheWickets) and we perform monthly in the Shoals, AL area.

Above all my “hobby” is being the best dad I can be to my son Joel Sandlin. I got back into writing and pursuing higher education after he was born because I realized I had to set an example: I had to show my son through practice that attainable dreams can and should be pursued with smart planning and timing. Everything I do is for him.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

My own acting in Community Theater for the last 22 years. I have always longed for an oral performance of my written words.

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

The pains of the journey are temporary, but print is forever.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Novel Transcript: Digby’s Diary, by E D Bird One

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

A pack of various breeds of dogs set out on a mission to protect two young boys from certain danger, only to find that there is another child who must be rescued from the hands of villains.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Adventure

How would you describe this story in two words?

Exciting adventure

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Marley and Me

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

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Watchers, by Deane Koontz

What motivated you to write this story?

My standard French poodle, Digby

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

My dad

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Animals

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I believe it is a wonderful story about dogs and children, and should be seen as well as read.

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

Keep writing!

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

1st Chapter Novel Reading of Ella: A Stepmum’s Tale, by J L Higgs

Performed by Becky Shrimpton

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Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

It looks at the Cinderella fairytale from the Wicked Stepmother’s view through the eyes of a reporter. Essentially it shows there are many different sides to each story depending
on who you ask, the need to let go of prejudice and appreciate the inner beauty of a person. It is about facing obstacles and becoming a survivor instead of a victim.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Humorous fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

fairytale realism

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Bourne Identity

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

Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No, it changes depending on my mood.

What motivated you to write this story?

I have been viewed as the wicked stepmother by my stepchildren. The way they saw accounts was very different to my own.

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

Noah

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Gardening, Charity work

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I have been told it would make a good movie so I thought this would give me some idea whether to go down that track or not.

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

Get a good editing package like Grammarly BEFORE you publish your book. Your friends will not pick up all the mistakes.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

2016 Novel Winning Readings (36 Total)

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

Watch the 2016 Winning Novel 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
ACTORNovel Transcript – BECOMING HERO
November 2016 Reading
Written by Jen Finelli
ACTORNovel Transcript – GUARDIAN
November 2016 Reading
Written by Marc W Johnson
ACTORNovel Transcript – HAIR DAY AT FRIDA’S
November 2016 Reading
Written by Rachel Sutton
ACTORNOVEL READING – THE PESSARY
October 2016 Reading
Written by Juliet M. Nevins, MD
ACTORNOVEL Reading: HEARING THOUGHTS
September 2016 Reading
Written by Anthony Diffley
ACTORNOVEL Transcript – THE DRAGON OF TIME
August 2016 Reading
Written by Aaron Dennis
ACTORCHAPTER 1 Novel – OBITER DICTA
August 2016 Reading
Written by Lucian M.
ACTORNOVEL Prologue – THE ACE OF KINGS
August 2016 Reading
Written by Dan Levinson
ACTORNOVEL READING – WHAT PASSES BETWEEN WOMEN
July 2016 Reading
Written by Patty Fischer
ACTORNOVEL Reading – ALEX THE INVENTOR
June 2016 Reading
Written by Gordon Brynelson
ACTORNOVEL Reading – OBITER DICTA
June 2016 Reading
Written by Lucien M.
ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – WATER FOR BLOOD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Brett Bacon
ACTOR1st Ch. Novel Transcript – TJ S LAST SUMMER IN CAPE COD
May 2016 Reading
Written by Garfield Whyte
ACTORNovel Chapter 1 Reading – EXOTIQA
April 2016 Reading
Written by M. Black
ACTORNovel 1st Chapter Reading – MYSTIC VILLAGE
April 2016 Reading
Written by Jeannine Fortier
ACTORNovel Prologue Reading – IN THE WAKE OF WAR
April 2016 Reading
Written by Stephen L. Nowland
ACTORNovel Reading – PANTERRA: The Machinist
April 2016 Reading
Written by Gary L. Ward
ACTORNovel Transcript Reading – INTO THE SHADOWS
March 2016 Reading
Written by Marie Jones
ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – CONTRARY WARRIORS: BLOOD LEGACY
March 2016 Reading
Written by Sheryl Wright
ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – LIZARDIAN
March 2016 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson
ACTOR1st Chapter Reading – THE MAGIC PILLOW
March 2016 Reading
Written by K.J. Kratz
ACTORNovel Transcript – INTO AUTUMN
February 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Landgraf
ACTORNovel Transcript – WHAT HAPPENS AFTER HAPPILY EVER AFTER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Garrett
ACTORNovel Transcript – WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT?
February 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Hughes
ACTORNovel Transcript – A LIFE SINGULAR
February 2016 Reading
Written by Lorraine Pestell
ACTORNovel Transcript – THE FIRST ONES
January 2016 Reading
Written by Regina Walker
ACTORNovel Prologue – CHEERAGE FEARAGE
January 2016 Reading
Written by Kimberly Dana
ACTORCHAPTER 1 Reading – Bader Field
JANUARY 2016 Reading
Written by Carl David
ACTORChapter 2 Reading – LARGE IS THE SMALLEST WE GOT
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jed Hamilton
ACTORChapter 7 Reading – THE FURLITES OF ARORIEL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Marie J.S. Phillips

Interview with Novelist Bev Stout (Secrets of the Realm)

Secrets of The Realm can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Realm-Bev-Stout/dp/1484832280/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
secrets_of_the_realm.jpgInterview with Bev Stout:

Q.What is the general theme and tone of “Secrets of the Realm“?  

A. The main theme is survival and being true to oneself, even in the worst of circumstances. The tone is more uplifting than dark. 

Q.Why should people buy your novel?  

A. It will transport you into a not-so-gentle world of tall ships and fine manor homes. The cast of characters will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat. Secrets of the Realm is an adventurous tale of Annie Moore, a stubborn eighteenth century girl, who is blamed for her uncle’s death. This fifteen-year-old will make you laugh. She will make you cry. Sometimes, she will even make you angry, but you will never give up on Annie and her quest for a better life. 

Q.How would you describe your novel in just two words?

A. Daring Journey

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

A. The Sixth Sense

Q.Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?  

A. I never dreamed I would one day become an author. Annie’s story had played out in my head for many years before I finally put it down on paper. Originally, it was intended only for my family, but it took on a life of its own, being read on five continents and in over fifteen countries.

Q.Do you have an all-time favorite novel?  Have you read a novel more than once? 

A. It is a toss up between To Kill a Mockingbird and The Human Comedy. I read The Human Comedy first as a child, then as a teenager, and as an adult. I got something new from it each time I read it. 

Q.What motivates you to write? 

A. Nothing in particular motivates me to write. A story simply pops into my head, and I need to write it down. I’m putting the finishing touches on My Name is Nissa, a contemporary adult fantasy. I’m also finishing up Return of the Realm, the sequel to Secrets of the Realm.

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

A. Van Gogh. I would like to know more about his life, the people in his paintings, and when he fell into the abyss of mental illness. I would also love to know how he feels about becoming famous after he died, and what he thinks of the exorbitant prices his paintings have gone for at auction.

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

A. Tennis is one of my biggest passions. I have played since a young child. As an adult, I have played in tournaments. It is a sport I continue to enjoy with family and friends. My greatest passion, though, is just spending time with my family.. 

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

A. Write what you are interested in. Push forward each day. Don’t stop writing until you get to the end.  Once it is finished, you can go back and edit, and do more research if needed. Write for your own enjoyment. Being published is a bonus, but doesn’t need to be the end goal. But if you want to be published, I suggest getting into a critique group. I did. It was quite helpful.

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NOVELIST BIO: I grew up in San Leandro, a city across the bay from San Francisco. I have always enjoyed being by the water, whether it is a lake or the ocean. One of my fondest memories is clam digging with my family at Pismo Beach when I was about ten years old. I remember the cold surf rushing around my legs and the sand squishing between my toes. Now, I enjoy visiting the seaside town of Cambria, California, where I can explore the tide pools, kayak, and whale watch. It is a slower paced way of life.

I was eighteen when I married the love of my life, a young sailor named Dick. He went up the ranks to later become a lieutenant in the Navy.

We have lived in California, Colorado, and now in beautiful Arizona. We have two children and six grandchildren. 

I have had various jobs, including working for IBM, being a dental assistant, and teaching piano. I have always enjoyed working with young people, and am currently involved in a Christian outreach program for children, ages 4-13, on Saturday mornings. Also, I volunteer in my granddaughter’s third grade classroom once a week.

I like taking our rescue dog, Milly, for walks around the lake near our home. She came into our lives shortly after our beloved Thunder, a golden retriever, died. Milly was one wild dog when we first got her. She would slide across the dining room table chasing our cat, Jasmine. After obedience classes, she has become a calm and well-mannered dog. I cannot imagine not having a dog or cat in my life. A number of our dogs and cats were rescues.

Reading has always been an important part of my life. My mother encouraged me to read at an early age. My favorite gifts as a child were books she gave me. I read everything I could get my hands on–fiction, history, science, even the encyclopedia.

Now, excuse me while I get back to my writing.
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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.