May 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the May 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: LIGHT OF HOPE
May 2017 Reading
by S.T. Collins

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: ELLA: A STEPMUMS TALE
May 2017 Reading
by J.L. Higgs

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: DIGBY’S DIARY
May 2017 Reading
by E.D. Bird

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: OUTBREAK MUTINY
May 2017 Reading
by Jay Sandlin

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: NO ACCOUNTABILITY
May 2017 Reading
by Keith Lawton

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: BE SILENT
May 2017 Reading
by Danie Botha

ACTORNOVEL Transcript: THE SCENT OF MY SON: IN GOD WE TRUST
May 2017 Reading
by Adrienne Miranda

ACTORMAY 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Becky Shrimpton & Val Cole

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Prologue Reading: VERONICA’S PAPERS by ANTHONY COLIN WRIGHT

Performed by Val Cole.

February 2017 Winning Novel Reading.

Get to know the writer:

 What is your novel about?

A group of almost-strangers is brought together for a week-long cruise, as an experiment orchestrated by Gerald Clayton and his mistress Veronica. A trained hypnotherapist, Veronica hypnotises former friends and lovers of Gerald into not recognising him as they board a cruise ship with him and must try and find out the connection between them. Religious belief is also a theme of the book

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Literary Fiction, Mystery.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Intriguing writing.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Shakespeare in Love.

How long have you been working on this story?

Twenty years, but with other writing at the same time.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita

What motivated you to write this story?

My own experience of hypnosis.

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

Meryl Streep.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Languages (I speak a number), Theatre, Birds, Basic Astronomy and Understanding of the Universe, Belief (non-traditional) in God.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

A wish for it to be better known.

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

Never give up.

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

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

January 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the January 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORSHORT Story – THE MISCREANT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Lionel Walfish

ACTORSHORT Story – THE PAPERBOY
January 2017 Reading
Written by George G. Moore

ACTORSHORT Story – MURDER IS A BREEZE
January 2017 Reading
Written by M Maureen Skahan

ACTORSHORT Story – MARIONETTE
January 2017 Reading
Written by Melissa R. Mendelson

ACTORSHORT Story – SHADOWS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Kelly J. Kratz

ACTORSHORT Story – A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE IN BUTZBACH
January 2017 Reading
Written by D.K. Christi

ACTORSHORT Story – TELL ME TO GO
January 2017 Reading
Written by Thomas Cannon

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DEADLY SERIOUS
January 2017 Reading
Written by A.J. Thibault

ACTORNOVEL Reading – THE FOOTSTOOL INCIDENT
January 2017 Reading
Written by Stephen Karnaghan

ACTORNOVEL Reading – DAWN OF CHRYSALIS
January 2017 Reading
Written by Sam B. Miller II

ACTOR2016 CONTEST Poetry Readings
Watch the finalists.

 

 

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Best of 2016 COMEDY Novel Loglines

Submit your Novel to the Festival Today: https://novelwritingfestival.com

CLICK the LINK and read the best of 2016 COMEDY Novel Loglines: 

BARBIE AND THE BARBARIAN, by Racine Hiet

UP AND IN, by Deborah Disney

FORTUNATE SON, by Dan Pawlowski

SOUTHERN FRIED, by David Luck

ANNIE GOMEZ AND THE GIGANTIC FOOT OF DOOM, by Jay Cutts

PUSHING UPWARD, by Andrea Adler

THE TRUTH ABOUT CAROLINE, by Randi M. Sherman

DANCE OF LOVE, by Inge Saunders

THAT VOODOO THAT YOU DO, by Lorelei Delille

NOTHING LIKE NAKED, by MG Nash

A CLEAR SOLUTION, by Eric MacFarlane

50 ACTS OF KINDNESS, by Ellyn Oaksmith

ONE HOT SUMMER, by Ian Barker

ZEUS IS DEAD, by Michael G. Munz

COGRILLS MILL, by Jack Lindsay

THE ROAD TO JUSTICE, by David Carner

THE WEYLAND CHRONICLES, by Joe Cabello

DOES HARRY DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP, by John Alston

DARK TIDINGS, by Ken Magee

MY TIME IS YOURS, by S.E. Isaac

YOU ARE AMONG MONSTERS, by Jon R. Flieger

October 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the October 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

 

ACTORSHORT Story – WATERMELON EATING CONTEST
October 2016 Reading
Written by Teri B. Clark

ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent

ACTORSHORT Story – TOUCHING MY SPINE
October 2016 Reading
Written by Monique Amado

ACTORNOVEL READING – THE PESSARY
October 2016 Reading
Written by Juliet M. Nevins, MD

ACTORSHORT Story – DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alisha M Risen Kent

ACTORSHORT Story – A TOXIC GAME
October 2016 Reading
Written by Marianne Hagadorn

ACTORSHORT Story – TRUE NORTH
October 2016 Reading
Written by Hal Ackerman

ACTORSHORT Story – GOBLIN
October 2016 Reading
Written by J.F. Capps

ACTORSHORT Story – DEAD END JOB
October 2016 Reading
Written by Alice Lacey

ACTORSHORT Story – ASTRONAUTS SWEAR THE THE VIEW IS NEVER DULL
October 2016 Reading
Written by James Hartley

ACTORSHORT Story – IN THE CLEARING
October 2016 Reading
Written by Steve Bensinger

 

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Interview with Novelist Karl Wiggins (Goodnight and Thanks for the Vodka)

The Harpie / Vodka by Karl Wiggins books can be found;

http://www.amazon.com/Goodnight-Thanks-Vodka-Harpie-ebook/dp/B00WNO57HW

http://www.amazon.com/2003-Thanks-Vodka-Harpie-ebook/dp/B014B4NNXG

http://www.amazon.com/2004-Thanks-Vodka-Harpie-ebook/dp/B01A2HXUOI

Interview with Karl Wiggins:

MT: Do all of your novels have a general theme and tone?

Karl Wiggins: No, they go all over the place, I often murder people, that tends to be a constant, but I’m basing this interview on the Harpie books, a standalone series: Goodnight and Thanks for the Vodka; Harpie 2003: Harpie 2004, to date. However she refuses to die—and God knows I’ve tried to kill her off. I have fifteen in the series written and in the editing process. She’s a strong character who talks shite at me in the night. The premise is girl done wrong, trying to do well—and failing miserably. The other premise is, life in a small Northern town, the comings and goings and who did what to whom, it’s a fifteen year, running, warped Soap Opera.

One of the unusual aspects of the Harpies is that each novel is standalone but runs for exactly one year from the 1st January to the 31st December. Harpie is infuriating, funny, determined. She’s as hard as the men I go drinking with and softer than my three year-old daughter. The first question I’m usually asked is: Is Harpie real? That’s a secret that I’ll take to my grave—but to me she is.

Theme: I can’t believe she did that.

Tone: Oh hell, what’s she going to do now?

 MT: Why should people buy your novels?

KW: Because every word is true—I think.

Because with Harpie, I don’t need to embellish or exaggerate her, she does it all by herself. The strength of the Harpie books is that everybody, male, female, girl, boy and probably even next door’s dog, can identify with her. She struggles, she triumphs, she fails, she gets up and starts again—we’ve all been there.

One minute you want to strangle the stupid cow, the next you want to hunt the bastard that done her down. Sometimes you want to go for a drink with her, and at others she just needs a hug, but she has thorns so go easy with that one. She brings home the bacon—but probably has a drama involving a pig in the process.

A reason for NOT buying the Harpie books is that they are intended make you late for work. They are structured in such a way that, ’Just one more page,’ doesn’t work like that. You have to turn to find out how she wriggles out of this one, and by the end of that page you’re already headlong in the next dilemma.

The Harpie books may make you cry, they should make you laugh, but mostly, by the last page their aim is to make you think, ’Bloody hell, what was that?’ If I’ve got it right, it’s being run over by a bulldozer in literary form.

MT: How would you describe all of your novels in just two words?  

 KW: Funny: Gritty.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life? 

KW: Life’s too short to watch movies on repeat. The truthful answer to that is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (son aged seven, on a loop) Twenty three-thousand nine hundred and sixty two and a half times. If I met Truly Bloody Scrumptious, I’d knock her out. I hate that movie, closely followed by ET for the same reason—It could have been worse, It might have been my daughter and Frozen. For me, I only ever watch movies once—watch and discard, but I enjoy anything twisty turney that makes you think. Time Traveller’s Wife, because it’s clever, the Saws, The Orphan, though that could have been far more subtle. Historically, good old Psycho takes some beating.

MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing, or did it just come to you?  

KW: I hated writing. No interest whatsoever. It began with reports, I was hauled over the coals for making reports humorous that should have been lead lined in boredom, that led to a magazine gig and it went from there. The Harpie books are my longest achievement, I will dig a hole and bury her one day—but the bitch will manage to dig her way out. She’d thrive on being buried alive and then grab a shower and go to the pub.

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

KW: No and no. Again I don’t do re-runs, the only novels I’ve read more than once are my own and that’s only because I have to for editing purposes.

I can redeem myself by claiming an all-time favourite author though. I am a lifelong fan of Dean Koontz, but, if I had my honest head on, I’d have to say that he is a product of the Churn Factory and they are very samey. Like King, Koontzie is victim to his own success.

MT: What motivates you to write? 

KW: Again basing this on the Harpie books—she does. Weeks can go by without writing her when life gets in the way, but because she has to fill a year, I often find that I’m writing her in retrospect and writing up six weeks in a hit. While I’m up scaffolding in a hard hat, her life is still running, and usually out of control if I’m not there to keep an eye on her. When I’m in a meeting, she’s probably getting run over, and when I’m taking my other half out for dinner, she’ll be having a kid, or punching above her weight in some job interview that she hasn’t got the first clue about, or getting her murds wuddled at a time when she needs clarity.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with? 

KW: Are we talking artist in the literal sense—that would be Escher, hell of a guy—or in the broader sense?

Hitch would be fun, but I believe he was a lecherous old git, so maybe not. Koontzie maybe, but Harpie would be jealous—she’d have that man’s babies. I think it would have to be Derron Brown, he comes across as an arrogant arse, but I think he’d be fascinating to talk to. I think the man’s illusion and trickery, his recall and mind-training make him a modern day genius.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? 

KW: Let me tell you a bit about what Harpie’s passionate about. She rides an old 1978 modified Reliant Trike. She’s had it for ten years and has just put another—and another, another, another— thousand pounds into getting it back on the road. Cruella is her pride and joy and it doesn’t matter how much she has to throw at it—like her—it will go on and on. It has a British Bulldog mural on the tank and a pleated Union Jack. When she blasts down the road on that thing, she’s like a female Easyrider on steroids.

She is passionate about animals and owned the ninth largest zoo in the UK, until it all went horribly wrong, as all things Harpie tend to. Wrestling python, fighting with caiman and chasing lizards was all in a day’s work.

She is passionate about working and will take on any job, regardless of whether it’s within her capabilities, or not.

And she likes sex.
 
MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers? 

KW: Ban the exclamation mark!!!

Burn the lovely adverb.

Don’t begin to do something—do it.

And for God’s sake, cut the waffle.

Mostly, don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t. You may never head the Bestsellers list, but so what? If you set out with a career in writing in mind, you’re probably going to get very hungry. Anybody can be a writer, learn, work hard and improve. Write for the love of writing, not to make millions—and if that’s not enough for you, then you probably need to look elsewhere. Bestselling writers need luck. Chances are, no matter how good or poor you are—because let’s face it, that isn’t the issue—you probably need to write for the love of getting those words out before they drive you crazy.

When I’m not writing. I offer a bespoke, highly competitively priced editing service with full novels edited for just £230.00 GPS and can be contacted on karl.piripiri@gmail.com

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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.