Novel Transcript: Just Another Desert Sunset by Nikki Broadwell

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Performed by Scott Beaudin

Get to know the writer: 

 1. What is your novel about?

Just Another Desert Sunset is the story of a coyote who falls in love with a human woman.

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

metaphysical, supernatural and romance

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

Passion personified

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

Bandits

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

Desperado by the Eagles

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

So many from which to choose! right now I’d say The Night Circus

7. What motivated you to write this story?

moving to the desert southwest and feeling the life all around me…I love coyotes and the Native American influence I feel here in Tucson.

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

Einstein

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

I love walking on trails in the desert, doing yoga, the bird life I feed, all animals, including my dog and cat. I’m an environmentalist

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

I could see these people in my mind’s eye—could hear their voices…

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

——Write what you love
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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

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Novel Transcript Reading of GHOST IN THE PORCELAIN by Melissa R. Mendelson

Performed by Scott Beaudin

Get to know the writer: 

What is your novel about?

Ghost in the Porcelain is the beginning of a tale of terror surrounding a porcelain doll. Wherever this doll is, death will follow, and a family will be destroyed. And Kelsey Evans was trying to do the right thing. He was trying to save a life, but in doing so, he not only condemned his life but those that he loved.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Supernatural, Horror

How would you describe this story in two words?

Dark and Suspenseful

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I have seen many, many movies for it is one of my passions, and one of my favorite all time classic Horror movies is Dolls (1987). And Dolls was an inspiration for both Porcelain and Ghost in the Porcelain.

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

Next to movies, I love music, and when I write, I’m always listening to music. But favorite song? I would say, A Place In Time (Theme Music from the 4400 featuring Amanda Abizaid)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer

What motivated you to write this story?

I’m an avid fan of the Twilight Zone Series and Stephen King, which has inspired me to write numerous stories both Science-Fiction and Horror. Porcelain is one of my notebook stories that was created in high school in 1996, and Ghost in the Porcelain is the story before that one, introducing us to an ancient curse that lies at the heart of Porcelain.

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

Stephen King

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

After my heart surgery in 2012, my father gave me his digital camera, remembering that I used to love taking pictures, and from that point on, I’ve been doing a lot of photography, photography that I also use in videos on Youtube.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

WildSound has always done a tremendous job in their deliveries of my writing, truly capturing its voice, and in doing so, opening a door for the world to discover the stories and poetry that I keep inside.

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

It might sound corny, but I will say it anyway. Never give up on your dreams.
 

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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

NOVEL Transcript Reading of THREE BLACK BOYS, by Zangba Thomson

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Performed by:

NARRATOR: Becky Shrimpton
Viktor: Allan Brunet
Barnes: Scott Beaudin
Baker: Anthony Tran
Demus: Merlin Simard

Get to know the writer: 

  1. What is your novel about? Three Black Boysis about three teenaged friends who put their lives on the line to rescue a victim plagued with the deadly black fever disease.

  1. What genres would you say this story is in? Urban Fiction; Crime Drama.

  1. How would you describe this story in two words? Happy sad.

  1. What movie have you seen the most in your life?  Coming to America (Eddie Murphy).

  1. What is your favorite song? Rock with Youby Michael Jackson.

  1. Do you have an all-time favorite novel? No, but my favorite book isArt of War by Sun Tzu.

  1. What motivated you to write this story? I recorded a song namedThree Black Boys, and people who heard it used to ask me, “Why did the boys commit the robbery?”. My novel, Three Black Boys, is answering their question.

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

  1. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about? Helping people.

  1. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed? The thrill in hearing it being performed in a different setting.

  1. 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

Novel Transcript: JUST SHUT UP AND DRIVE, by Chynna Laird

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Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

My novel is about a teen going on a road trip with his grandfather who, the teen doesn’t realize is going to pass away. So he wants his grandson to come to terms with a few things before he goes. (SPOILER lol)

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

This book is suited to all genres because I write ‘clean’. Which means I don’t have any swears, no sex, no violence…I write what everyone can read and enjoy. To categorize, it would be young adult or older teen readers. But all will enjoy, I hope.

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

Life Learning

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

The Sound of Music.

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

Blackbird by the Beatles.

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

This is a hard question because I have so many books I love (you should see my book shelves). I’d have to say that the book that most touched me was Maya Angelou’s book, Letter to My Daughter. But I’m always up for a Stephen King novel.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I always write stories that include family lessons, grandparents, a special need of some kind and focused on a teen dealing with it. I just find it so important to have a young person teaching from their perspective to help other young people. I wish I had that.

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

Wow. Well, I was, and am, a huge John Lennon fan. That would be interesting. I also adore Betty White.

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

My four Children.

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

I believe that the message that is given in this story is one that everyone can take home with them. It’s all about life lessons, learning, love and figuring out your place in this world. I hope all can take that with them.

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

Never give up. If your dream is to be a writer, follow it. If I’d listened to people many years ago, I wouldn’t be here today.

Watch. Record mentally. Internalize to your understanding, then write.

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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

Novel Transcript of Mei Meng: The Lost Panda by Andrew Fisk

Performed by Val Cole

 
What is your novel about?

This novel is about an adventurous young Panda named Mei Meng. She travels with her parents deep into the mountains of China to escape the destruction of her habitat by human beings. When she is swept away by a raging river, she meets all sorts of fantastic animals on the journey home. Some of them want to help her. Some do not. Surprisingly, her best allies are the human children she meets along the way.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

It is definitely a fantasy. It is a children’s book, aimed at the middle-grade audience. It is one hundred twenty two pages without any illustrations. It defies classification as most children’s books are not that long.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Child explorer. If this story was on Disney Family Channel it would be something like “Panda Meets World.” Mei Meng leaves her little corner of the mountain where she lives, and becomes a world explorer. At the end of the book she even has a telescope so she can keep track of her human friends.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

It is a tie between “Forrest Gump” and “American Graffiti.” The Forrest Gump character exemplifies the triumph of the simple man, the pure at heart.

American Graffiti has a great story line and a cast of a dozen or more actors who went on to have outstanding careers.

An example of why I like this movie: when Harrison Ford (aka Bob Falfa) drives into town in his jalopy to challenge Paul Le Mat to a race, his license plate is THX 1138. Why is that important? This is the title of the first George Lucas feature film, a science fiction classic. I probably saw “American Graffiti” ten times before I picked up on this.

How long have you been working on this story?

It took me a few months to write. I did a lot of research on interesting Mandarin names for the characters. For example, Mei Meng’s good friend is a funny snow leopard named Chun Bao, which means Silly Leopard. A scary Siberian tiger is named Di Zheng, which means earthquake. He is so huge that every step he takes shakes the earth.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I’ll nominate two books. One is “The Magic Barrel” by Bernard Malamud (although it is a collection of short stories that won the National Book Award in the nineteen fifties) and “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway.

What motivated you to write this story?

I felt like writing something lyrical, fantasy-world that would go deep into mythology and have a totally sympathetic main character. It was also meant as a “welcome to the world” present for my daughter. This is not “Kung Fu Panda” by any means. It moves at a slower pace and is more emotional and mystical than slapstick. It also emphasizes the importance of the family, both panda and human.

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

Leonardo Da Vinci. I would ask him, “How did you accomplish all the things you did in so many different areas?” Unlike Da Vinci, I write my ideas down in spiral notebooks, instead of an ornate leather bound Codex (which Bill Gates paid millions of dollars for). Maybe that’s the secret.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Being outdoors. Hiking in the hills, kayaking, white water rafting, paddle boarding. I am a fan of American college football and find the games more exciting than the usual NFL product.

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I wanted to hear different voices speak the lines of dialogue and the narration. I also hope to attract some interest for the book. At the very least I would like to find an illustrator. I would like to have the illustrations done in the style of traditional Chinese paintings. All the different animals and natural environments would allow an artist to create many interesting canvasses. If I were to engage in a little “exponential thinking” I would like to:

Have the book translated and published in China.
Have the book made into a movie for the Chinese market.

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

Inspiration can come from anywhere at anytime. Sometimes your subconscious pulls together elements from events in your own life and combines them with elements from literature and mythology. There is a flash of lightning in your head and suddenly you know what your project is about. This has been my experience.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Novel Transcript of THE FOOTSTOOL INCIDENT by Stephen Karnaghan

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the writer:

What is your novel about?

My novel “The Footstool Incident” traces a character’s discovery of identity. He changes from a person devoid of any hope to a poet. His poems arrive as mystical visions and finally he acts upon them.

Why should this novel be read by people?

Follow the development of a character without ambition to a mystical artist.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Mystical Journey.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Naqoyqatsi’ (Life as war) by Steven Soderbergh.

How long have you been working on this story?

Eighteen Months

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Flanders Road” by Claude Simon

What motivated you to write this story?

I was motivated to write this novel because the idea was so strong in my mind. The discovery of identity can lead to interesting developments. What would happen to a character if they had a mystical vision? What would this do to the character’s life quest?

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Phillip Glass.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing I am passionate about composing electronic music.

What influenced you to enter your short story to get performed?

As a writer I want my work to be before a reader or viewer, the Novel Festival is the best way of achieving this.

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

When you think that you have finished, edit again.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Excerpt from – A Chance For Life by Laura Anne Ewald

Performed by Michelle Alexander

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What is your novel about?

Sam has never wanted children of her own, but when she is given an ultimatum, can Sam give up life as she knows it for another woman’s child she never wanted?

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Contemporary women’s fiction, little “R” romance, Christian worldview.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Pro life.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

It must be White Christmas–at least once a year since I was a little girl.

How long have you been working on this story?

From start to published, it took about 15 months.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

It must be Anne McCaffrey’s The Lady (Ballantine Books, 1987). It’s a lovely story of family set in Ireland’s horse country in the early 1970s..

What motivated you to write this story?

A dream. Seriously, I woke one morning with the cast and story line just screaming to be written.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Sue Coleman. She’s the only artist I’ve consciously collected. Her juxtaposition of naturalistic painting and Northwest Coast Native American formline draws me into the woods, onto the beach, back to the Pacific Northwest. I can study one of her paintings, of which I have several prints, and almost smell the salt water and fir trees.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Puppets and puppet theater! I’m smack in the middle of prepping for our third annual Festival of Lessons & Carols with Puppets this week. The brand new 3 kings are dressed and waiting for their eyelashes, makeup, and hats!

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

My background in theater, I’m certain. There’s just something very special about hearing the words you’ve written read aloud by someone else.

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

Creatively speaking, never stop reading, never stop writing, and never let anyone tell you either one isn’t worth doing. Technically speaking, save your work—often—and use a reliable back-up tool (flash drive, external hard drive, cloud—or all of the above)!

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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