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Lucien M. – August 2016 NOVEL Writing Winner

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OBITER DICTA by Lucian M

Novel Performed by actor Julian Ford

Get to know the novelist: 

1. What is your novel about?

A murder leaves a body on display at a Vancouver, Canada public space quickly followed by the assassination of the prime minister of British Columbia that leaves a public in shock. VPD Homicide investigate a trail that leads to various groups vying to grip the political future of British Columbia in their hands. Some seek to do so by democratic means while others pursue the route of armed force. Most disturbing are the groups that seek to establish a government ruled by the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments that will then act as a springboard to the establishment of a global confederacy of Judeo-Christian states committed to a policy of maintaining their vision of the status quo until the advent of the Apocalypse.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

From early childhood most of us are exposed to different forms of cookie cutter conformity. Common forms are strict ideologies that traditionally employ coercive forms of psychological terror or manipulation to impose the party line on the not so convinced. Freedom of thought, objective inquiry, and the scientific method are never part of this paradigm. Most disturbing is when conformity evolves into tyranny and unleashes a savage reign of terror. The resulting blood lust is a chapter written too many times in human history.

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?

The 1st chapter introduces the reader to a murder victim laying in a market on Vancouver’s Granville Island, surrounded by a multitude of characters who all hold little pieces of the scandals surrounding the murder in their mind. As the reader jumps from perspective to perspective, the pieces of the scandal begin to come together, and in part it comes to light that the victim was connected to a recently jailed wealthy figure on the island, who is linked to a secret drug trade. The tension grows towards an exciting and deadly climax.

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

I Heard the Owl Call My Name- by Margaret Craven

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

I wrote the first draft in 1996

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Simon Scarrow

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

The fate of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for daring to suggest that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets. He also raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own. Moreover, he insisted that the universe is in fact infinite. (per Wiki)

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Martin Scorsese

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

karate, guitar, rhythmic studies, visual art, skiing, ice skating, language studies

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

It was inspiring to discover a committee of professional writers and writing consultants that invited novel submissions. Not only would entering yield full feedback in the form of suggested revisions but also a possible reading by professional actors with subsequent on-line posting

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

Stieg Larsson: He had written the Millennium crime trilogy for his own pleasure after returning home from his job in the evening (per Wiki)

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

 

 

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Aaron Dennis – August 2016 NOVEL Writing Winner

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The Dragon of Time: Gods and Dragons by Aaron Dennis

Novel reading performed by actor Geoff Mays.

Get to know the novelist: 

1. What is your novel about?

Scar is an amnesiac, seeking only his origins, yet in the midst of the
religious wars broiling over the world of Tiamhaal, Zoltek, an evil king,
enlists the warrior’s services. After botching a mission, Zoltek makes an
attempt on Scar’s life, but the hero flees into the desert night,
whereupon he meets a knight, claiming that the Gods worshipped today are
actually the Dragons of ages past. After scuffling with the stranger, Scar
meets an enemy captain, who reveals that his king, Gilgamesh, knows of
Scar’s origins, that he is the rightful heir to the ancient kingdom of
Alduheim, where the Dragons were defeated ages ago.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

This story is beyond a book; it is a work of art. On the surface, this
story is about a man, who tries to learn of his origins while the world
around him is engulfed by war, but it is actually much more. This story,
which is only the first of The Dragon of Time series, is about the duality
of man; his proclivity for peace, friendship, and love pitted against his
darkest desires for revenge, death, and sorrow. It is an instant classic,
which will redefine the fantasy genre.

3. How would you describe this novel in two words?

Man’s resolve

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

Army of Darkness; literally over a thousand times.

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

Gods and Dragons took nearly two years to complete. I even hired Chuck
Sambuchino, and with his editing advice, I learned how to transform my
words on pages into a work of art. Readers won’t even know they’re
reading; it just assaults the senses.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda. My life is greatly influenced by
his work, though my work does not reflect his own reportage.

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

All my novels are motivated by the same idea; I have stories in my head,
and I enjoy committing them to paper, and sharing them with everyone.
That’s also why I’ve made the e-book version of Gods and Dragons free
through Smashwords, Barnes and Noble online, and iBooks. All I can add is
that I’m a very creative, imaginative person, and I have to complete one
story, so that I can move on to the next one. If I don’t, I think my mind
grapes will pop.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

If he’s buying, I guess DaVinci. We are counting dead people, right?

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

Peace and harmony.

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

Admittedly, I was just trolling my Twitter feed and saw the opportunity. I
know Gods and Dragons will make a great movie; there’s no doubt about
it–a big, strong, amnesiac warrior with healing abilities like Wolverine,
a brand, new world where the people who think they worship Gods are
actually worshipping Dragons, Dragons who bestow unique physical and
magical characteristics upon their followers–this is an instant hit.
Forget Harry Potter. Forget The Lord of the Rings. Forget A Song of Ice
and Fire. Gods and Dragons isn’t a little boy with a wand, it isn’t some
tiny man with a dagger, and it definitely isn’t a soap opera with swords
thrown into the mix; this is a real adventure.

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

Hire an editor. You guys are putting words on pages, and that’s great, but
editors transform those words, they coax the hidden emotions from between
the words, they paint a journey with those words. There’s a reason the
best writers have teams of editors combing through their mess; writers
write stories, but editors tell tales.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

 

 

SUBMIT your TV PILOT or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
FILM CONTESTSUBMIT your SHORT Film
Get it showcased at the FEEDBACK Festival

 

writing CONTEST1st CHAPTER or FULL NOVEL CONTEST
Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!
SCREENPLAY CONTESTSUBMIT your FEATURE Script
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed

See the best of ZOMBIE Stories from the Festival (January-June 2016)

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ACTORTV PILOT – LACIE BIDWELL
January 2016 Reading
Written by Jameel Khan
ACTORFeature Screenplay – DEAD NORTH
April 2016 Reading
Written by Alexander Nachaj

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Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Watch the May 2016 Winning Screenplays & Novels

Watch the winning writing festival novels, stories, films, and screenplays for May 2016.

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ACTORShort Screenplay – CUTTING REMARKS
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ACTORShort Screenplay – FIFTY FIVE SECONDS
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ACTORMAY 2016 Poetry Readings
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Watch the February 2016 Winning Screenplays & Novels

Watch the best of videos from the Writing Festival in February 2016.

ACTORFeature Screenplay – FOUR FOR THE BORDER
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2015 Summary: July Writing/Film Festival Videos

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SCREENPLAYWATCH JULY 2015 Poetry Readings
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Watch the September Writing & Film Festival Winners

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Watch the best of the September Writing & Film Festival:

Over 30 works presented this month. Continuing to showcase the best of stories and movies from around the world.

SEPTEMBER 2015 Film Festival
Watch Audience Feedback Videos from Sept. 24th event

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/september_2015_film_festival.html

FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of LEGACY
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Written by Marc W. Johnson
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/legacy_feature_script.html

TV PILOT Reading of HOT FLASH HIGH
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http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/hot_flash_high.html

FEATURE SCRIPT Reading of THREE PLAY
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http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/feature_three_play.html

Chapter 1 Novel: APRIL SNOW
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http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/ptsd.html

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Novel Transcript: DRACONUM
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WATCH SEPTEMBER 2015 Poetry Readings
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