June 13, 2018 – Novel Festival Testimonial

From Short Story THE POET, by Stephen Karnaghan

Wonderful reading.

I am very happy with this.

Watch the Short Story Reading: 

Performed by Geoff Mays

 

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Short Story: Who’s at the door?, by Mary Barr

Performed by Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about?

My story is about believing or not, in Witches. Seven-year-old Katy, believes her Mom who says ‘Witches aren’t real’. Flix her younger brother definitely believes in all things scary. Especially when a real live evil witch knocks loudly on their door and Katy lets her in. The ugly Witch knows someone in the house doesn’t believe in witches and she intends to find out whom.

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

The genre is fiction juvenile, ages 6-10 years

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

Invasively – scary.

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

None

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

‘Blue Ain’t Your Color,’ Keith Urban

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

Going Solo. Roald Dahl

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I saw the contest come up in my emails and I noted it closed in just few hours. So I quickly wrote this little story and sent it in. I didn’t edit it and I regret that. I have since done so, and it reads better now.

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

Roald Dahl. Wilky Collins

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

Writing is my greatest passion and has been nearly my whole life. I also enjoy, renovating houses, designing jewellery and creating wax art.

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

I have wanted to enter a contest for a while, but usually I miss out due to time restraints. I was not about to let this opportunity pass.

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

Yes. Find out what makes you truly excited in life and follow that path. That is what you will excel at. If you don’t want to create a story more than anything else, simply don’t. You will be good at something and while you think you want to be an author you won’t find your true calling. Never let life get in the way of living your truth. Life is short and very precious, grab each moment and run with it. You will soon know where you want to be and it will probably surprise you when you find it!

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

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story: A Kind Of Marriage Story, by Stevie Turner

Performed by Val Cole

Author Website: http://www.stevie-turner-author.co.uk

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your short story about?

This short story is part of a novel to be published in July. It tells the tale of Gerrie Hermann, an 20 year old aspiring rock musician from South Africa, and Sophie Woods, a penniless naïve student from Manchester, England. Gerrie is from a rich diamond-merchant family and wants UK citizenship to further his musical career. He offers 19 year old Sophie 30,000 pounds if she would marry him. Sophie accepts the deal and both are prepared to go their separate ways after the wedding, but fall in love instead. Gerrie’s parents are furious with him and cut off his allowance. Sophie becomes pregnant, gives up her student place at University, and takes part time work in a supermarket to make ends meet.

When Gerrie’s band has the chance to support a famous rockstar, they have to find forty thousand pounds to fund their part of the tour. Gerrie has a plan, but the consequences of this plan are more far reaching for the couple than they ever would have thought, and unbeknown to them will affect both of them for the rest of their lives.

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

I would say Drama and Family Relationships primarily.

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

Women’s fiction.

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

Out of Africa.

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

Stairway to Heaven, by Led Zeppelin.

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

The Go-Between, by L.P Hartley.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A guy I used to know wanted to stay in the UK and married an English girl. They are still together after 15 years, and so I think they fell in love!

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

William Wordsworth.

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

Rock music.

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

An unusual promotional opportunity.

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

A one or two star review is just one person’s opinion of your work. Don’t let it affect you too much, as there are many others who will give it five stars.

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

Director: Matthew Toffolo
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel
Camera Operator: Mary Cox

Short Story: TROUBLE, by Townsend Walker

Performed by Geoff Mays

http://www.townsendwalker.com

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

The fashion in which a beautiful woman with a rich husband twists a besotted detective to her will, even as he solves the murder.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Detective, Noir

How would you describe this story in two words?

Woman wins

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Casablanca

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

Je chante avec toi liberté

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia

What motivated you to write this story?

I was living in Rome and had become somewhat familiar with Italian, so decided to try a detective story. The first lines were: “Mi ciamo Nero, Gianni Nero. Sono investigatore privato.” I got five pages into the story before my language ability broke down.

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

Amelia Earhart

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I do like to ski

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I once had four of my stories performed in Hollywood. I was awed by what talented performers could do with my words and inspired to continue.

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

Don’t settle down into one style or genre quickly. Try them all.

Be particularly sensitive to the voice of your story.

Both rejection and acceptance are random. But the quality of your writing is not.

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Producer: Matthew Toffol – http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Short Story Reading of SOMETHING MISSING, by Lionel Walfish

Elsie examines her childhood. Something’s not right…She decides to seek professional help, and discovers something untold

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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

Short Story Reading: TONGUE IN CHEEK, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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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

Short Story Reading: OFF THE HOOK, by Lionel Walfish

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story story about?

Money can’t buy you everything.

What genres would you say this story is in?

An exotic tale.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Futile search

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Strangers On a Train’ (Hitchcock)

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

Lover Come Back

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN (Thomas Wolfe)

What motivated you to write this story?

Folks who think they have ‘everything’.

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

Charles Dickens

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

classical music

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Wildsound Festival always does such a great job with my stories!

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

Keep writing!

 

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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