September 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

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

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – OFF THE HOOK
September 2017 Reading
by Lionel Walfish
 

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – GIVE ME TRUTH OR GIVE ME SILENCE
September 2017 Reading
by Melissa R. Mendelson
 

ACTORSHORT STORY Transcript – IN THE CEMETERY
September 2017 Reading
by Mari Tamez
 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BRIAR EARTH
September 2017 Reading
by Paul Tapp
 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – COURAGE THE MOUSE
September 2017 Reading
by Cornelia Fick

 

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – BODIE
September 2017 Reading
by Anne Sweazy Kulja
 

ACTORSEPTEMBER 2017 Poetry Readings
Watch readings performed by Laura Kyswaty
 

 

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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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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

Short Story Reading: NOISES IN THE CEMETERY by Mari Tamez.

 

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story story about?

My story is about the spinetingling events that took place in a cemetery before the embalmment process was universally practiced. These events were witnessed by my grandfather, a gravedigger, during the Great Depression.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Non-fiction mystery that takes place during a historical time.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Unbelievable and horrific

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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

Can’t Take my Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Beloved by Toni Morrison

What motivated you to write this story?

My grandfather was a great story teller. Every Friday night, he stopped by for a visit and told his grandchildren stories about his childhood and life experiences. He also told us ghost stories and legends. This particular story is one that I never forgot. I know that it may be hard to believe but grandfather insisted that it was true. I saw tension and anxiety on his face when he told the story.

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

I miss my grandfather. His stories truly made an impact on me. Because of him, I am now an award-winning writer with 12 traditionally published picture books and 20+ picture books in English and Spanish/Bilingual. In addition, I have published 14 short stories, including one published by Chicken Soup for the Soul. My husband, A. M. Vela, has contributed immensely as a co-writer. You are welcome to see our picture books at http://www.readingforfun.net. (Note: I write for children under the name Mary Esparza-Vela and ho

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am also the inventor of three plush dolls that are “out of this world.” They are so unique that they stop traffic. You may also see them on my website.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

WildSound previously contacted me about submitting a story and I am thrilled to learn that they accepted “Noises in the Cemetery.”

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

Write what you know. This worked for me, thanks to my Grandfather.

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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: Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence, by Melissa R Mendelson

Performed by Laura Kyswaty

 Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence is a Dystopian short story, where individuals are forced to speak the truth, but like with any other society, there are those that still lie. But it might be the last lie that they will ever speak.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Science-Fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Honesty Hurts

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Since I was eight-years-old, I’ve seen a lot of movies and a lot of television shows, but one of my favorite movies is Suicide Kings, which is an intensely written Drama, where the truth is a cool hand played right up to the last bluff.

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

Again, I’ve been listening to music since I was eight, and I have many favorites. And I love U2, and I especially love their song, The Troubles.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

My Cousin Estelle, who passed this year and may she rest in peace, used to give me books when I was a kid, and I would read right through them, looking for more. But one of my favorite books that she gave me is Charlotte’s Web, and I still have it somewhere in a bin downstairs in the basement.

What motivated you to write this story?

I am part of this community called, HitRecord, and they do Weekly Writing Challenges. One of the challenges was to create a Utopia or Dystopia, so I created, Give Me Truth or Give Me Silence.

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

Stephen King. He will always be my favorite author, and a few have told me that some of my writing reminds them of his work.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

One of my hobbies is to write Parody Lyrics, and I don’t do it often. But when I do, I like to base the lyrics around my favorite television shows such as Supernatural and Killjoys.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I have been coming to WildSound for a long time now, and with their reviews on my writing, I have been able to make my stories more than what they started out as. And I love the opportunities that they provide such as these readings to give my stories a platform, where they can not only be read but heard.

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

Look for inspiration. Sometimes, I like driving around town, passing through neighborhoods, and I have created some of my favorite short stories based off those drives like Faded Shades of Rainbow and Cellar Dawn.

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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: The Moon Haters by Simon Ciappara

Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Coastal trade around the UK only became smuggling after the imposition of taxes . From the as early as the 13th century “Owlers” as they were known exported wool from the coast of Norfolk evading the duty demanded by the King and Exchequer . Trading across the North Sea with the European sea ports was so much quicker and easier than going over land by wagon and pack horse. Rural coastal communities saw them selves as “Free Traders” and “employed ” a huge amount of man power and thus were their own security, “Watch the wall my darling whilst the gentlemen go by”. The organisation of these large gangs of smugglers was no mean feat, and required near military control and command. The following is based on recorded fact and conversational supposition, the places and “goods” are real , the people are a product of imagination.

Why should this story be read by people?

This tale is historically accurate and expresses the struggle to survive in a rural coastal community.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Atmospheric Characterful

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Italian Job ( The Original!)

How long have you been working on this story?

Gathering the knowledge of places and tall stories from coastal Pubs has taken many enjoyable years.

Corroborating with court records and newspapers of the period online and at the Norfolk Heritage centre also a huge pleasure all be it less convivial.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Many over the years but currently “The Name Of The Wind” & “A Wise Mans Fear” the first two of “The King Killer Chronicles” by Patric Rothfus

What motivated you to write this story?

This story needs telling and I wanted to share it.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

In a time traveling dinner with Dickens and Kipling but all so to read over their shoulders as the ink hit the page.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love to travel of the beaten track, slowly, in my camper capturing photos, smells, echoes, tastes and conversations over a glass of something local.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

I Think I just “Dared” myself.

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

If you don’t tell your story nobody else will.

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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: GOD’S HANDS by Michael Coleman

Watch the August 2017 Winning Short Story Reading.

Performed by actor Peter-Mark Raphael

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

My story is similar to the Fly & Face-Off. Its Gothic Sci-fi medical horror.

Why should this story be read by people?

I think the right reader might make the story live.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Scary future!

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Crow

How long have you been working on this story?

10years+ – It was accessed by NIScreen & got a favourable report. Prob is I am not a scriptwriter!

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Mila 18.

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea came to me when reading about the 1st Heart Transplant.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

William Butler Yeats!!

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Restoring the Irish language and watersports and family.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

There is a great movie in this story!

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

Be persistent – I need to try and heed my own good advice.

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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: There are no lights in Naples by Dennis L Havlin

Story performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Genre:  Suspense

 

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