VIDEO PITCH for Lizardian, Novel by Melissa R. Mendelson

Watch Video Pitch for the Novel LIZARDIAN:

Get to know writer Melissa R. Mendelson:

1. What is your story about?

Lizardian is a Horror/Sci-Fi Thriller that delves deep into the concept of being human and exploits the fear of evolution. This story is only available through Channillo.com and is updated weekly. All subscriptions are being donated to The Leary Firefighters Foundation.

2. Why should people know this story?

With the success of SyFy’s new show, Killjoys and TNT’s finished hit, Falling Skies and the promising upcoming Sci-Fi show, The Colony on USA Network, there is definitely a demand for Science-Fiction and variations of it. SyFy’s Twelve Monkeys and Continuum follow that story line of going back in time and changing the past, but FOX’s Sleepy Hollow takes a man from the past and puts him in a future consumed of dark magic and things that go bump in the night, which makes for very interesting television.

Also, other than the Sci-Fi in Killjoys, Falling Skies, and hopefully The Colony, there is a heart to their story, and that is Family. Lizardian follows the same formula.

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

Fast-Paced and Unpredictable

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

I have seen many, many movies in my life, but one that stands out would be, Identity. I know some people hate this movie especially the ones that I coaxed into watching it, but Identity is brilliant for it thinks outside the box.

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

Lizardian was first written as a short story back in 1996 when I was in high school. Over the years, it has had some revisions, but now I am doing a major overhaul of it and revamping it after some of my favorite Sci-Fi and Horror stories.

6. How many stories have you written?

I have written too many short stories, and some can be found on Gadfly Online. I have written five novellas, and Lizardian might be the six, if it doesn’t become a novel.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

When I was in high school, I read nothing but Stephen King books, and I watched so many, many Horror movies such as Dolls, NOES, Halloween, Friday The 13th, Hellraiser, Fright Night, Child’s Play, Puppet Master, etc.

I loved Horror, and instead of paying attention in class, I wrote stories, which I now call, “The Notebook Stories.” There is one story in my self-published collection, Glass Skies Over Home, and then there is Porcelain.

Lizardian is the third Notebook Story that I am revisiting and rewriting.

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

Television and Movies.

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

Even if you wrote it years ago and even if you think that it might be terrible, give it a chance, and see where the story takes you.

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Video Pitch for The Ghostcrow, Novel by M.K. Theodoratus

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Get to know writer M.K. Theodoratus:

What is your story about?

Dumdie Swartz knows ghosts walk among us. Misty people have scared her since she was a little kid. Dumdie does her best to avoid them–harmless and dangerous, alike–even though she annoys her family when she does. Now, with her unwanted ability growing stronger, the demon possessing a boy bullying her notices her special talents and decides it wants posses her.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

My story shows how difficult it is for a high-level autistic child to function in a normal world — even without a special gift.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I’ve been writing since the sixth grade, but have only published some of my stories in the last couple years.

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

Probably the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

It wouldn’t work. I write too slowly for anyone to have the patience.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I don’t know how many I’ve written, but I’ve published 9 estories.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Curiosity about how Dumdie coped with seeing ghosts as a child. This is sort of a prequel to my estory, The Ghost in the Closet

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

I try to write in the mornings, but something always interferes with my intentions.

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

Negative or positive. Too cynical to be positive. I really get tired about how sheeplike humans are.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

Marketing.

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

Keep on writing even though you think you aren’t going anywhere. The revising is always more important than the drafting.

Video Pitch for A Current Deception, Novel by Arleen Alleman

Watch Video Pitch for A CURRENT DECEPTION:

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Go to the writer’s website:
http://www.arleenalleman.com/

Get to know writer Arleen Alleman:

1. What is your story about?

A freelance reporter and her family and friends board a cruise ship in Australia, only to find that it has been invaded by an infestation of yellow crazy ants, a foodborne pathogen, and a murderer intent on revenge for a 20 year old crime.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

This story is the fifth installment of the Darcy Farthing Adventures. These novels are unique in that they are set in different world locations, include humanist themes, and tidbits of history, geography, and science, intertwined with the murder mystery.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I began writing novels seven years ago after a career of writing nonfiction as an analyst with the Government Accountability Office.

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

Groundhog Day

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

Dean Koontz

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I am currently working on the 6th novel.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I was inspired by travel on cruise ships and desire to write murder mysteries for fiction lovers who like thought provoking content along with entertainment.

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

Brainstorming sessions work best for me. Relatively short frequent periods of writing with a lot of editing.

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

Health and fitness, reading, studying religious history, and travel.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

To reach a wider audience for my work.

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

It is best to write what you love, and because you love to write, and not with the expectation of financial success.

Video Pitch for Waken Dream, Novel by Melissa R Mendelson

Watch the Video Pitch: WAKEN DREAM:

Get to know writer Melissa R. Mendelson:

1. What is your story about?

Waken Dream is about a man that finds himself trapped in an alternate reality. We always wondered about living another life, but what if we can’t escape the one that finds us?

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

Science-Fiction seems to be in high demand today with the return of Terminator and Jurassic Park and new creations such as Lucy and Self/less.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I have been writing stories since high school, but in high school, I was only writing Horror and Science-Fiction.

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

I’ve seen A LOT of movies, but one of my all-time favorites is The One with Jet Li and Jason Statham.

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

There are A LOT of writers and directors and producers that I would be honored to work with or for, but off the top of my head, I would have to say… Joss Whedon.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have a drawer full of old stories and a hard drive full of new stuff, but as for screenplays, I only have three.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Waken Dream is actually based off a dream that I had a long time ago. Hence, the part with Dream. Waken is the name of the town in the story.

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

If I have a vivid dream, I write about it the next day. I just write it out, and then later comes the revisions.

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

Movies and Television Shows, and I am loving SyFy’s Killjoys.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

I just wanted to share my passion, my ideas with the world.

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

For a long time, I’ve suffered with nightmares, and then I finally started writing about them. Some of my best stories come from my dreams, so if you’re like me, don’t let those dreams go to waste.

Video Pitch for A Life Singular, Novel by Lorraine Pestell

Watch the Video Pitch for A LIFE SINGULAR:

Go to the novel’s website:
http://alifesingular.com/

Get to know writer Lorraine Pestell:

1. What is your story about?

The six-part novel serial, “A Life Singular”, tells the story of a hugely successful rock star writing his autobiography after the fatal shooting of his wife by a bullet meant for him. It is a journey back through their spectacular life, exploring what it takes to triumph over mental illness, the choices made between right and wrong, and how one affects the other.

“We’re all in a minority of one.” Everyone has a life singular; one, unique, extraordinary.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

I’m a 53-year-old Londoner who has travelled the world as an IT professional, having settled in Australia in 1999 and now living in Melbourne, “the world’s most liveable city”! I have suffered from chronic clinical depression since primary school, developing constant suicidal tendencies during my teens. These symptoms were exaggerated by a violent marriage in my early twenties and several other challenging events thereafter, and I was diagnosed with Compound Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder about ten years ago.

Living life as someone with very low resilience, I realised that bullies, sociopaths and other people who seek power and domination are drawn to people like me, some even unknowingly. I learned to use writing as therapy as a teenager, often saying it was the only place where I could truly be myself.

The original idea for “A Life Singular” was born out of an adolescent love story between a rock guitarist and a pop singer, since I had grand ambitions to become a musician at this naïve stage of life! However, as my life lurched from worse to worser, I used my characters to delve into social issues in order to make sense of a world I long to leave.

After a failed suicide attempt in 2003, several friends encouraged me to write my own autobiography. Instead, I decided to get serious about publishing “A Life Singular”, and Part One was released in June 2013. I’m currently mid-way through Part Five, which is due for release in March 2016. I have two main goals for my writing: first, to inspire fellow sufferers of mental illness to rise above their symptoms and make a success of their lives; and second and much more important, to encourage non-sufferers to understand, support and even love us in our quest to live in a hostile world.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I have always loved the written word and enjoyed studying modern languages in school. As an introverted teenager, I developed a fascination for the backstory, and my first forays into writing were pseudo-journalistic pieces based on news bulletins documenting criminal or otherwise odd behaviour, and also the outrageous lifestyles of the rich and famous. I wondered what hidden traits or beliefs made people behave the way they did, understanding from my own experience that what’s on the surface is rarely the truth.
It wasn’t until my own life became segregated between the interior and exterior me that I turned to writing my life’s work in an attempt to make sense of life.

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

“Crash” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375679/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) because it’s all about the backstory. We never know what drives people, and there’s usually a very good reason for why they do the things they do…

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

Like many authors, I enjoy the solitude of writing, so the thought of collaborating is kind of daunting! However, I would enjoy being part of a team of open-minded, tolerant people who accepted difference as an advantage rather than a flaw.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

One! And that’s not finished yet. I hope to publish Part Six of “A Life Singular” by the end of 2016, which will see the story end in contemporary times.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

As mentioned in earlier questions, I experience almost constant discrimination and stigma due to my mental illness, whether at work, from family and friends or just in daily life. I wanted to highlight to readers that we’re not dangerous people and we can contribute to the world very actively if we are not forced to be something we’re not.

After I was found and “saved” from death by a well-meaning friend, I made a promise to my devastated parents that I wouldn’t make another attempt on my life until after they pass away. Therefore, I’m now left in no-man’s land for the foreseeable future, since they are both in alarmingly sound health!

As with any social justice issue, it’s much easier to deliver a direct message to those who already believe, i.e. preaching to the converted. No matter whether we’re talking about inequality in the context of race, sexual orientation, religious conviction, socio-economic factors, etc., it is difficult to reach the consciences of those who hold the majority position (normally white, straight, extrovert and evangelistic, physically-able and mentally-resilient stereotypes).

Therefore, wrapping up my messages in the universal theme of love and using our obsession with celebrity and stardom, I hope to reach readers who would not normally show an interest in helping those less fortunate.

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

Well! Firstly, I never have a problem with writer’s block! I have great difficulty stemming the flow of ideas while I’m doing my fuller-than-full-time job, and frequently wake to the alarm surrounded by yellow sticky notes with plot ideas and inter-character conversations which come to me during the sleepless nights.
As with most PTSD sufferers, I have regular nightmares, and I have learned to relax by having my characters converse in my head (whacky, I know ). Some of my best passages of dialogue come to me this way!

My routine usually depends on how soon I can walk and feed my dog after work, and whether I have any volunteering or chores to do, but I hope to sit down at the computer at around 8pm on a weeknight and write until around 10:30. A good weekend is two 14-hour stretches of solid writing!

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

Interesting question to ask someone with a death-wish! I love my dog, a rescued psycho-killer Belgian Shepherd who needs as much rehabilitation and solitude as I do. I am an advocate for mentally-healthy workplaces, and have strong views on all types of fundamentalism which results in alienation based on difference.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

I hope to reach a wide audience with my story because I believe it can help to make the world a more peaceful place. As an introvert who lives on a continent the size of North America but with only 24 million inhabitants, I value the assistance of those better positioned to pitch my work to the larger markets.

Also, I would love one day to have “A Life Singular” made into a television series. That would be something worth living to see.

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

(1) Write from the heart! It’s a bit of a cliché, but I have heard from so many readers who love the honesty and depth of my writing. If you have something important to say, don’t wrap it up in too many euphemisms or sanitise it until its impact is lost.

(2) The writing is the easy part. Most of the effort is in promoting your book once it’s done! My advice is not to underestimate this, given the enormous number of new authors trying the self-publishing revolution.

Video Pitch for Who Killed Honor Bright?, Novel by Patricia Hughes

Watch the Video Pitch for WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT?:

Buy the Novel on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Killed-Honor-Bright-Patricia-Hughes-ebook/dp/B00JDPT5YK

Get to know writer Patricia Hughes:

1. What is your story about?

Authorities in the new Irish Free State harassed and murdered Honor Bright before maligning her as a prostitute and acquitting her assassin.

The newly founded Garda Siochana spread deceitful rumours and coerced witnesses to conceal Honor’s true identity and the real reason for her death.

False evidence, perjury and the silencing of potential witnesses led to huge public demonstrations, but newspapers were coerced into printing only authorised stories or else face the consequences from the Garda or Ministry of Justice.

Find out why political support moved away from the Free State towards an independent Republic from 1926, why so many were killed or fled Ireland, and what part William Butler and his wife George Yeats played in the process.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

Patricia Hughes is the daughter of Kevin Barry O’Neill, William Butler Yeats’s illegitimate Catholic son, and the granddaughter of Honor Bright. That was the name Yeats gave to her to prevent her being murdered by his wife George – but he failed. Honor Bright’s real name was Lily O’Neill. She was Catholic, poor, about to emigrate to the USA and thirty-five years younger than Yeats.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

I started writing oddments many years ago, but had no idea what I wanted to write in general. Then in 1999 I wrote two educational reading texts for an autistic boy, realised who I was writing for and haven’t stopped since.

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

John le Carré movies about the Cold War, like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy; Jackie Brown by Quentin Tarantino; and The Straight Story by David Lynch.

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

David Lynch, or someone who shares his way of presenting the reality of what happens.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve always read plays and started to write screenplays in the early 90s, but never finished them. In terms of stories, I’ve only written two, though I’ve always had a few in my head. Most of my writing has been factual, recording events that actually happened and working out why and what made them happen.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Who Killed Honor Bright? Is fundamentally about my father. After I realised that William Butler Yeats was his father, I put together all the facts I knew about him, then I compared it with everything known about Yeats. Lots of people contacted me to tell me things that had never been written down, like the involvement of the Irish Free State government in the form of the Minister of Justice, Kevin O’Higgins. I just wanted to tell everyone what I’d found out.

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

I try to have a set routine, but it gets deflected very easily. Ideally I start writing first thing and have the afternoon off to think, but sometimes I have the urge to keep writing for a couple of weeks, and sometimes I need to think things through before I can carry on.

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

Cooking fascinates me and gardening because I love eating, but I do have to keep these passions under control. Mostly I’m passionate about my friends and family.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

It suddenly appeared on Twitter, a new concept I’d never previously thought of – so why not have a go?

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

Yes – first of all, believe in yourself. Second, get started writing somehow, any way will do. Thirdly, save all your ideas, don’t throw them away, no matter how silly they appear. Finally, just carry on writing! That’s the way to become a reliable, experienced writer.

Video Pitch for Wings of Hope, Novel by Hillary Hoffman

Watch the Video Pitch for WINGS OF HOPE:

Buy the book on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Wings-Hope-Hillary-E-Hoffman-ebook/dp/B0058ORO0W

Get to know writer Hillary Hoffman:

1. What is your story about?

The bond of a father and daughter is special. When Jules’ father asks her to come stay with him because he’s terminally ill, she goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel, or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope takes you on a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through his conversations with his daughter. Teaching her that death is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.

Hope is the last gift of a father to his daughter–the power to reach for her dreams.

2. Why should people know about yourself and your story?

The stories the father tells are the actual events of my father’s life. The rest of it is fiction. I wrote it while I was pregnant with my daughter so that she could know the grandfather she would never get to meet.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

About ten years.

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

Meet Joe Black

5. Who would you like to collaborate with on a creative project?

In a dream world, J.K. Rowling

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written three novels.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I worried that I would forget all the amazing things about my father’s life.

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

I set aside time and just write. Then I go back and see if it is any good.

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

I’m passionate about my faith and my family.

10. What influenced you to have your story made into a video pitch?

I was excited about the possibility of sharing my dad with new audiences.

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

Keep writing!