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APRIL SNOW – Chapter 1 Reading by Lynn Steward

Watch the Performance Reading of APRIL SNOW Chapter 1:

Novel performed by actor Geoff Mays

Get to know writer Lynn Steward:

1. What is your novel about?

A young woman who stays true to herself and perseveres.

2. Why should this novel be read by anyone?

An enjoyable and thoughtful story about overcoming personal and professional challenges that transcend any period.

3. How would you describe this story in one sentence?

At the cutting edge of women’s fashion in the 1970s, an underestimated young woman leaves a broken marriage and her lethal charm goes to work to remake retail, and herself, at New York’s most glamorous department store.

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

The Artist

5. How long have you been working on this novel?

This novel is the second volume in a five book series that I started researching and outlining as a TV show four years ago.

6. How many stories have you written?

Two, but I have the synopses written for the three remaining in the series.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

Four years ago, I wrote a TV pilot, and the synopses for five seasons, set in the fashion world of 1970s New York. I was told by professionals in the entertainment industry that the main character, Dana McGarry, needed more drama. I thought the best way to develop all the characters and plots, and test the public’s reaction, was to put each season into a novel. Dana McGarry has a nice fan-following so now I’m looking for a home for the show!

8. What obstacles did you face to finish this novel?

No obstacles because the story was developed and written for the TV show. I guess the one challenge was that I had to cut content and a few characters for the novel.

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

For four years, I have been passionate about the development of the Dana McGarry TV series. I work on some aspect of the show every day.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I wanted exposure for the novels and the idea for a TV series set in the fashion world of 1970s New York.

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

Find a topic you love and start writing. Your passion will drive the story. Don’t worry about structure and style, a good editor will clean it up. Just get the story on the page!

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DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors
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

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What If It’s All Been A Lie – Chapter 1 Reading by Nancy Arant Williams

Watch the Winning Novel for August 2015.

Watch the Reading of WHAT IF IT’S ALL BEEN A LIE:

Reading performed by actress Maya Woloszyn

Get to know writer Nancy Arant Williams:

1. What is your novel about?

It’s the story of a teenager by the name of Connor Webb who’s doing homework late one night when he hears repeated scratching and whispering sounds that seem to originate from the empty attic of his family’s Victorian home.

Unable to concentrate on his work he cautiously makes his way up the dim narrow stairway but cannot discover its source. Thus begins a serioue search for answers that leads him into the stunning world of the supernatural and discoveries that most have outright rejected.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

These days it’s easy to see the increased interest in all things paranormal, but most people are unaware that dabbling in the occult is not the harmless fun that it appears to be. What if It’s All Been a Lie? uses the fictional story of a curious teen to examine the issues and asks tough questions like, “Are demons real?” “Is hell a real place, and if so, who goes there?” The hard truth is that none of us gets out of here alive, and those who are wise will want to know the truth, to be prepared for eternity, which never ends.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I began writing seriously in 1999, and I find that I’m addicted to words that draw pictures for the imagination to play with.

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

I love mysteries, and have a collection of them that I watch again and again.

5. Do you think this novel could be adapted into a movie?

I do. It will lend itself to great graphics and may possibly be one of those classics that people can’t forget.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have thirty romantic suspense novels that have been released into circulation over the past twelve years.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

It came to me in the night, as many great books tend to do, and I felt compelled to sit down and write it.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

I spend many hours a day at my pc, researching, writing, editing and mentoring other writers.

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

Not surprisingly, I’m an avid reader. I also paint and am into interior design.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?
What was your feeling on the initial feedback your received?

I entered because I feel very strongly that the information in this book needs to be available, so people can make informed decisions about their future. The WILDsound gang was incredibly helpful, made excellent suggestions, and were very gentle in their delivery. I would encourage other writers to go for it if they’re so inclined.

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

Many people write, but few go the extra mile to study and hone their craft, rewriting and editing their manuscript until it shines. And even fewer finish the book they started that’s gathering dust in the bottom drawer of their desk. My advice: finish it so you can say you did it. There’s nothing better than learning to write a great beginning, a solid middle, and a satisfying ending. It’s very therapeutic.

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DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors
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

Red Storm – Chapter 1 Reading by Thom Tate (plus interview)

Watch RED STORM Chapter 1 Reading:

Reading performed by actor Geoff Mays

Get to know writer Thom Tate:

1. What is your novel about?

It’s about a man so obsessed with becoming the wealthiest man alive, he’s willing to destroy the planet in order to do so. Blake MacKay, clandestine agent for the CIA has to stop him.

2. Why should this novel be read by all?

It’s an enjoyable and entertaining short read. It’s a great introduction to the spy thriller genre for those that haven’t read in that genre before.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

About 4 years

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

Probably “Predator” or “Braveheart”

5. What motivated you to write this novel?

An episode of “Conspiracy Theory” talked about the HAARP program the US has up in Alaska.

6. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written five Novellas and one full length novel. All the Novellas are available on Amazon.com and my novel “Spear Garden” is going through its final rewrite.

7. What obstacles did you face to get your novel completed?

Time. I work full time, coach my daughter’s Lacrosse team, play on another, be father and husband to my wife and two girls.

8. Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?

Once I have an idea, I semi plot it out in my head and just start writing. The rest comes to me as I write. There are, of course, many changes once the rewrite starts.

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

I’m a car guy. I love cars. I still have my first car, one my father bought when I was almost three. I am really hoping to get a full restomod done on it one day.

10. What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival?

I want as many opinions as I can get. Also, it gets my name out there.

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

Have thick skin. Get as many critiques of your work as you can. Critique other writers work. There are several great sites like critique circle or scribophile where you can post your work and read others. Never stop learning and never stop writing.

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DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors
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 Festival Winner: The Decision, Chapter 1 Reading and Interview by C P Munro

    Watch Chapter 1 reading of THE DECISION:

Novel performed by Jason Martorino

Matthew Toffolo interviews writer C.P. Munro:

Matthew: What is your NOVEL about?

C.P.: Romance, Suspense, Drama

Raised by a poverty-stricken family in Granville, Ohio, Joseph Hall has been poor his entire life. Frustrated at how little his life has offered him, he turns to dreams to get him through his days of want. Now a young man in 1940, he’s ready to settle down with a girl, but even that is settling in his eyes. He wants more-but has no idea how he’ll ever be able to rise above his humble beginnings. One fateful day, however, an act of chivalry for Margret, a beautiful heiress, sparks in him a dark ambition to seize what he feels he is owed-and his life begins to change.

He surrenders decency and anything else pure and launches himself into the privileged life he is determined to get by any means possible. In search of power, admiration, and acceptance in high society, he marries for all the wrong reasons. His new world is one of misdeeds, conspiracy, and intrigue, and he teams up with the antichrist himself, his brother-in-law. Neither cares to dwell on the tricky morality of their actions; that’s for others to debate. Caught up in the whirlwind, Joseph doesn’t see what dangers lurk ahead. By the time he realizes his mistake, it’s too late.

Now he is faced with another life-changing decision.

Secrets revealed lead him toward a betrayal of another sort. He knows that the only path to salvation lies in escaping the deceitful ways that have made every dream come true. He needs to make a decision and has only minutes to do so. Will he make the right choice?

Matthew: Why should everybody read your novel?

C.P.: A valuable lesson is learned, money isn’t everything and be careful of what you wish for.

Money is the root of all evils.
It’s the driving force that captivates our motives.
It breathes through dishonesty and corruption.
It buries itself in scandal.
It multiplies in secrets.
It exhausts our souls with torment and hatred.
It defines lust and infidelity.
It detonates and intertwines among the masses.
And the decision will be made with controversy and malice,
for some things are sacred; some things money cannot buy.

Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?

C.P.: About 2 Years

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

C.P.: Gone With the Wind

Matthew: What novel have you read the most in your life?

C.P.: Rebecca

Matthew: How many stories/screenplays have you written?

C.P.: None

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

C.P.: Writing on a full time basis

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

No Set routine

Matthew: What influenced you to enter the WILDsound Festival? Did you enjoy the feedback you received from the festival?

C.P.: Wild Sound Festival is great for exposure

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

C.P.: Just keep writing, a winner story is right around the corner.

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DEADLINE: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. FULL FEEDBACK. Get novel performed by professional actors
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

Deadline TODAY: SUBMIT your NOVEL (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted)
And we’ll make it into a MOVIE
http://www.wildsound.ca/audio_video_book.html