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.

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/