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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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Get to know writer C.P. Munro:

1. What makes your story unique and also engaging?

A man sells his heart and soul for monetary reasons believing his life is going to change for the better. He cold-heartedly takes what he feels he deserves regardless of whose well-being he tampers with. Little does he know what karma lies ahead? He’ll face the ultimate sacrifice. To take what he never earned in the first place, or save a young woman from a depleting life in prison, a woman he discovers is his twin sister, a sister he never knew about. What will be engaging is what will he do? And what will be the outcome afterwards.

2. Why does the world need to know about your story?

The story gives a good idea of how the way things used to be. The story takes place in the 1940”s, therefore it captivates an older audience as they take a trip down memory lane with songs they once danced too, clothes they once wore, cars they once drove and the certain standard of ethics which followed in those days.

Example: A woman’s honor and how certain things were hidden in a closet.

The story also would educate a younger audience as the times have certainly changed since then.

3. What type of music do you see in your story if made into a movie?

The story takes place in the 1940”s so for scenes such as Virginia’s wedding, I picture an orchestra playing whatever was popular at that time. For suspenseful scenes, dramatic music with violins and piano add to the suspense. Soft music for romantic scenes, my favourite instrument sound is the piano. And of course the main couple should have a theme song ( their song )

4. What films have you seen most in your life?

My 3 Favorites are: Gone with the wind, Rebecca, Dead Ringer

5. What artists would you love to work with?

I have a vision in my head of what the characters look like, how they talk, and how each of them differs. But none are well known actors. Sometimes I feel a story is stronger when an unknown actor takes the part. To me my train of thought is never broken and I can actually place myself amongst them. The story becomes incredibly real; it’s as if it’s actually happening. Many times I’ve watched an intense scene where a new character is introduced, he’s about to make his appearance, and then suddenly it’s the actor who plays the part of Kevin on the Young and the Restless. Wow I recognise him but the moment got lost, the suspense which was building vanished in an instant. I’m now thinking about the Young and the Restless instead of the story itself. There are numerous unknown talented actors out there and I’m sure many would love the opportunity to start their career with a role as powerful as that of Joseph Hall, Edward Williams, and Margret Williams and of course Sophie Logan.

6. Other than writing what else are you passionate about?

I really enjoy TV Series. I’ve watched many and have a hard time limiting myself to 2 or 3 episodes a day. My favourites are: Breaking Bad, Nashville and Wentworth. I feel The Decision would make a very good TV Series; I am currently writing the second part, the continuing story of The Decision and named it Revenge in Manhattan. Both books combined I think an enticing title would be something like The Ambitious Mr. Hall. I can see the ladies around the water cooler discussing last night’s episode as they fall madly in love with him or madly love to ring his neck, whatever the case may be, and yes of course the actor playing Joseph Hall is drop-dead gorgeous, irresistible, a man many women could easily forgive.

7. Do you have a set writing routine?

No I write when the idea comes to me. Whether that’s 3 o’clock in the morning or while I’m grocery shopping, I always carry a pen and small notebook on me.