Category Archives: Novel Reading Performances

Interview with Suzanne Wilson, Winning Novelist (DISTURBED)

Suzanne Wilson is the March 2014 Winning 1st Chapter Novel Winner.

    WATCH the 1st Chapter Reading of her NOVEL “Disturbed”. (performed by actress Erynn Brook)

Matthew Toffolo interviews Susanne Wilson:

Matthew: What is your novel about?

Susanne: The novel is about a young man who is being tormented by a malevolent spirit. The spirit is looking for revenge against his family for her untimely death. She uses seduction as a weapon against him and when he tries to resist her and seek help from his friends and family, they think he’s losing his mind. He meets and falls in love with a woman who is a “sensitive” so she believes him, but is unsure how to help.

Matthew: Why should your novel be read by people?

Susanne: If you enjoy reading about ghosts and like being scared, it’s just an easy, fun read. It’s the first in a trilogy and the second one will be out soon!

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Susanne: As long as I could hold a pencil.

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

Susanne: Psycho

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Susanne: Steven King and Dean Koontz

Matthew: How many stories have you written?

Susanne: I’m a full-time ghostwriter and have been for about six years. I have written probably fifty full novels during that time. As far as my own writing goes, too many too count.

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Susanne: I’d like to still be in California, but closer to the beach!

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Susanne: Not really. I write every day, sometimes all day long because it’s my full-time job. I can block things out easily, so I usually don’t have to worry too much about the noise around me.

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

Susanne: My family most of all, and then of course Reading!! You have to read to be a good writer, I think.

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

Susanne: I just checked out the postings from past festivals and thought it looked like a really beneficial site for writers to get noticed and to get feedback from other people in the business. I still consider myself new at this, so I welcome all the feedback I can get.

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

Susanne: Just to read everything and write everyday no matter what. You can always change it later, but you have to write it!!

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Watch NOVEL and SHORT STORY READINGS performed by professional actors

Watch NOVEL and SHORT STORY READINGS from the Writing Festival
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Get your story performed by professional actors.

Deadline: SHORT STORY Festival. Get your story performed at the 2015 Writing Festival Events.
http://www.wildsound.ca/short_story_contest.html

Deadline: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

OR

Deadline Jan. 31st: SUBMIT your NOVEL (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted)
And we’ll make it into a MOVIE
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See past examples of novels made into movies and see the viewership they obtain.

Watch January 2015 Novel Winning Reading. Interview with Writer Dana L. Goodman

Dana Goodman’s memoir, “In the Cleft Joy Comes in the Mourning” is a powerful, poignant, and utterly heart wrenching true story surrounding sickness, grief and the inevitable mourning process. Dana Goodman shares what it was like to walk through the death of her first husband to cancer, and later, the simultaneous diagnosis of her son, second husband, and mother-in-law. Her son and mother-in-law both died. Intertwined with the pain and sadness, Dana shares tales of adventure and physical endurance, and humour.

Watch the Chapter 10 Reading from the WILDsound Festival. Performed by KRISTA MORIN:

Interview with the writer Dana L. Goodman:

Matthew: Why should people read this novel?

Dana: Every one of us will experience losses and unwanted endings in life, and people need to have hope that life and love can immerge even after unthinkable pain. In the Cleft will help you

– Find renewal, meaning and purpose again after losing a loved one
– Enter into and understand the mourning process
– Support people who have suffered loss so you can be truly present to their intimate pain
– Understand how pain can increase your capacity to love and have deeper compassion
– Restore your dreams after unthinkable loss

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

Dana: Informally, I have been writing stories since I was a little girl. Writing has always been my way of processing my internal world.

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

Dana: What movie have you seen the most in your life?  Letters To God, which was released in 2010, just after my son died. The parallels in the movie and in my own life at the time were uncanny. The movie was based on the true story of Tyler Doherty, an 8-year-old suffering from cancer. As he goes through his painful journey, he writes letters to God, and through his letters his community finds healing. I watched this movie over and over. The narrative helped release my own pain and inspired me to make our story count for something good.

Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?

Dana: What artists would you love to work with?  My dream would be to work with Alex Kendrick, director of Facing the Giants or John Lee Hancock (director of Blindside) Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove (producers of Blindside)

Matthew: How many stories have you written?

Dana: In the Cleft is my first published work, but I write almost every day and have countless unpublished pieces of writing.

Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?

Dana: My dream is to share my story at a Women of Faith Conference. I want to be on tour speaking and bringing hope to peoples’ lives. We live in a society that expects us to get over heart pain quickly rather than lean into it and voice it. If I can authentically share my inner struggle it brings healing to other peoples’ broken places. I want to be the vessel God uses to bring healing and hope to others.

Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Dana: I write better after I exercise. Usually I will go on a run and thoughts and themes start rolling around in my head. I write those thoughts down on my iphone as they come during my run. I then flesh out the ideas when I get home. I need to move or I get stuck.

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

Dana: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?  I am passionate about my husband and son—I am truly a blessed woman. My work as a grief counsellor also brings me great joy, especially when I can help people reconcile their grief and find hope again.

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

Dana: Don’t give up. There were so many times while writing my novel I wanted to take the manuscript and throw it in the garbage can. Keep going because it will be worth it in the end. Just write and don’t worry about it making sense or being in order. Let if flow and go back and fill in the gaps later. Also, don’t necessarily try and write the chapters in order. Think of a theme or an idea, expand on it and then put the chapters in order later.

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You can purchase the book on the following sites:

http://www.christianbook.com/the-cleft-joy-comes-in-mourning/dana-goodman/9781498408745/pd/408741?event=ESRCG

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dana%20goodman&sprefix=dana+%2Caps

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/in-the-cleft-joy-comes/9781498408745-item.html?ikwid=dana+goodman&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

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DEADLINE- 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.

WATCH the Recent Winning Short Story/1st Chapter Readings:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/novel_and_short_story_readings.html

Novel Reading Performances

Thank you. thank you for your honest & detailed appraisal of my work! It is extremely helpful & insightful.

– Michelle Desgagne, “The Distracted Yogi”, Novel
(Response after submitting and receiving feedback on her novel from the WILDsound Novel Wriitng Festival (Review)

Read more testimonials from past submissions to the Writing Festival:
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/wildsound_novel_contest_festival_review.html

Holiday Special (SAVE $70) Submit your 1st Chapter/Full Novel & get performed by professional actors at Festival. FULL Feedback on all entries:
http://www.wildsound.ca/book_contest.html

Watch readings of past novel winners performed by professional actors:

2014 Novel Winners. 9 in total:

YOU ARE AMONG THE MONSTERS
December 2014 Reading
Written by Jonathan Flieger

PRISONER PRODIGAL PAWN
November 2014 Reading
Written by Robert J. Sparkman

DIAMOND AND THE FOSTERS
Full Novel made into a movie
Written by Michael David Weiss

MY WAY
August 2014 Reading
Written by Deryn Warren

NOT ALONE
June 2014 Reading
Written by Gaelyn Whitley Keith

UNLEASH HELL
May 2014 Reading
Written by GK Parker

WHERE TWO ROADS MEET
April 2014 Reading
Written by Paula Carlson

PAN’S STORY
March 2014 Reading
Written by Jacqueline Knie

RABBIT’S MAN
February 2014 Reading
Written by Philip Oyok

In 2015, we will be showcasing at least 15 novel winners. Submit your novel today for full feedback and a performance.

Enjoy
Matthew Toffolo, WILDsound