Novel Video Pitch: Darkness Dreams, by Melissa R. Mendelson

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

Darkness Dreams is a mysterious, dark ride, where one awakes in the past and realizes that they are trapped there, but they hear a voice trying to pull them back into the present. The only problem is that something bad happened to them in the present, and pieces of that moment are finding their way back into the past. And it’s a race against time between them escaping the past and fighting the darkness that is closing in.

Why should people know this story?

This past week, I was working with someone, who at every chance was reaching back for their James Patterson book because they were so enthralled with the story that they needed to return to it, and my father, who just bought another David Baldacci book on audio, kept looking for every chance to jump into his car to return to that story. And it is that pull that I am looking for myself to create, wanting my readers to connect to my characters and wonder and worry about what fate awaits them.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

No Assumptions

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I have seen A LOT of movies in my life because if I’m not reading, I’m watching movies, and one of my favorites is the movie, Stay. You think you know what’s going on, but then reality blends into fiction, taking you on a wild ride right until the end. This was the movie, where I knew that Ryan Gosling was going to be a great actor.

How long have you been working on this story?

I have drafted out this novel, and I am just starting the first few chapters.

How many stories have you written?

I have lost count of how many short stories I have written and had published by e-zines like Gadfly Online and Antarctica Journal News, and I have written at least four novellas. Novels are something new for me, and I had just finished writing my first one, Lizardian. Darkness Dreams will be my second novel.

What motivated you to write this story?

I love writing Horror and Science-Fiction, but this story will be different. It will be dark and mysterious, but it will also be dramatic, which is a new genre for me.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

When I’m not writing, I am driving around the countryside, taking photographs. I love taking pictures of the scenery and of old things, and I post a lot of it on Fine Art America.

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

Don’t limit yourself to one thing. If you’re a writer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be a photographer. If you’re a singer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be a poet. We can be anything and everything that we want to be.

Novel Video Pitch: Hot Chocolate, by Dawn Greenfield Ireland

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

You are going to meet the middle-aged, eccentric Alcott sisters: Madge, Lila Mae and Dorothea, heiresses to the Alcott Chocolate fortune and mavens of Houston’s elite River Oaks.

Madge ambushes Lila Mae with Dorothea’s manipulative plea: she can’t care for Bernie, their 92-year old father, any longer. Lila Mae explodes in a hissy fit—she had warned Dorothea years ago that they should put Bernie in an assisted living center.

Robert, Lila Mae’s astrologer, warns of impending problems and he’s rarely wrong. Uncle Tito psychically investigates. Joseph uses his cures for protection.

The sisters call a meeting with Walter Branson, their solicitor. They discuss Bernie’s nurse Bambi Chaline, a blonde bombshell who looks more like a hooker than a nurse. The sisters fear that Bambi has her sights on being the next Mrs. Alcott and the need to separate her from their father is at critical mass.

Arrangements are made for Bernie to be transferred over to Lake Sides Assisted Living Center in the Uptown Galleria area and a severance package is drawn up for Bambi. Out from under the ever-watchful eye of Dorothea, Bernie takes to the Lake Sides social scene like a butterfly to sugar-water. He’s the best dressed senior and chases the nurses relentlessly. He may be 92, but he’s a handful.

Jimmy Ray Chaline, Bambi’s bowling alley husband, is enraged that Bambi was let go. He hires ambulance chaser Mark Slade to file a lawsuit for wrongful termination. Bambi had been more than satisfied with her bonus, letters of recommendation and praise from the Alcott clan. She does not want to sue her former employer and the Alcott chocolate empire.

Jimmy Ray’s eyes dazzle as Mark Slade convinces him that the court will award Bambi millions. The judge dismisses the suit as frivolous and it is thrown out of court further fueling Jimmy Ray’s rage. He’s shocked when the callous attorney demands his bill be paid upon receipt.

When Jimmy Ray fails to return home from the bowling alley that night, a series of events unfold that shocks the entire Alcott family and their extended members.

Who killed Jimmy Ray Chaline? Was it Bambi, his innocent looking wife? Could it have been Tilly, Walter Branson’s half-looped niece who had a mysterious relationship with Jimmy Ray? Or was it Dorothea Divine – the weapon came from her house where Bambi worked for three years.

The Alcott clan is in turmoil and no amount of chocolate will soothe their nerves until they solve the mystery and Dorothea is off the hook.

Why should people know this story?

The unique, eccentric Alcott sisters are not your typical wealthy socialites, and the large extended family are more than a little interesting. Even though someone gets murdered, the story will have you turning the page to find out what happens next, what the zany sisters get into, and how they get out of their situations.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Zany characters.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

No fair! There isn’t just one, as I go on tangents. And there isn’t just one genre either. I love comedy, drama, sci-fi, adventures, westerns, horror, British films. Okay, I’ll name a few: Close Comfort Farm, Close Encounters, the Twilight movies, Back Street (1961).

How long have you been working on this story?

I started writing Hot Chocolate in 2007, and published the novel in 2011 through my publishing company, Artistic Origins. It is a paperback, an eBook, and an audio book (Kelley Hazen, narrator). Hot Chocolate is the first in the Alcott Family Adventures. Bitter Chocolate is book two, and I am almost finished with Spicy Chocolate (book 3).

How many stories have you written?

Five novels and 15 screenplays.

What motivated you to write this story?

The same thing that motivates me to write anything. An idea rolls around in my head. If it catches my attention, I’ll pounce on it, expand the idea, outline and write it.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Reading! When I am not creating something, I’m either reading or watching something on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I’m a voracious reader (2-5 books a WEEK). I don’t spend a lot of time in front of the TV — there’s so many great stories to read! I’m also very passionate about cooking and baking.

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

Never, ever give up! Invest in yourself to learn your craft. Join or create a critique group. Get some backbone and listen to critiques; don’t fight because someone gives you feedback and you don’t like it. You must always consider what someone else has to say about the piece you are working on because you are way too close to it. Always hire an editor before you launch your story!

Novel Video Pitch: Ryan Gordon’s Special Connection with the Universe

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

“Ryan Gordon’s Special Connection with the Universe” is a 230 page YA novel. It’s a paranormal thriller similar in tone to TV shows “Under the Dome” or “Beyond.”

RYAN GORDON’S SPECIAL CONNECTION WITH THE UNIVERSE is the story of a 14-year-old boy, who after coming in contact with an extraterrestrial being on his computer, learns the hard way, that he and his girlfriend can survive only if they find a long-ago buried treasure to fund their escape from the town before UFO task force agents get them.

Why should people know this story?

Paranormal Thriller.

This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story in two words?

Childhood’s end.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Godfather (parts 1&2)

What is your favorite song?

Working Class Hero by John Lennon

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Confederacy of Dunces

What motivated you to write this story?

I pictured a better world than what we have now.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive, who would that be?

My mother. She died 16 years ago.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies, long walks, like my job (hospital), reading, taking classes

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Curiosity. Wanted to see if it’d get a good reaction, or not.

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

Writing should be therapy.

VIDEO PITCH for Pagan Flames, Novel by Vanayssa Somers

Watch the Video Pitch for PAGAN FLAMES:

BUY this book on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.ca/Pagan-Flames-Vanayssa-Somers-ebook/dp/B00OSP04O0

Get to know writer Vanayssa Somers:

1. What is your story about?

Arch-Wizard Faery Prince recruits an under-confident young orphan
girl for training in Shapeshifting, Time Travel, Quantum Mastery, all
to turn her into a super-hero who travels through time, saving lives
and bringing evil to its knees.

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

This story, in large part, is based on a past life reading I gave once to a
young woman several years ago. I never forgot the reading, it was so unusual
and vivid. This young woman had been a psychic master of some sort in a past
life and was able to shape shift…take on the form of animals at will,
including eagles and wolves. I had been giving past life readings for years
but had never experienced a channeling at all like this one. I never forgot
it. Always wanted to write about it, and about an imaginary girl like her.
That book is PAGAN FLAMES. Of course, the personal details of the actual
reading are sacred and are not included in the book. But the shapeshifting
was the most wonderful thing to channel, unforgettable.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Since I was a small child, but writing professionally, just about five
years. Solstice Publishing gave me a chance, took Pagan Flames. So thrilling
to get that first contract. Only a year ago, that happened. The book had sat
under my bed for about three years, I’d given up.

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

“How to Train Your Dragon I” and also “You’ve Got Mail.”

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

Steven Spielberg. But I don’t know much about Hollywood and its major
personas. I just know his name like everyone knows his name.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have written about a dozen stories. Full length novellas, two and another
in progress.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

As mentioned above in question #2, I had a personal experience with
channeling a past life to a young woman a few years ago and being able to
take on animal form at will was part of that reading. It was something I
never forgot, very vivid and exciting to channel this information for her.

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

Well, I get an idea, as I suppose all authors do. I get that little excited
feeling in the core of my body and my brain starts tearing along behind my
nervous system. The excitement builds, if I am sitting getting my hair done,
or on a bus or something, and I start thinking how I could write about it.
Then I sit down soon as I get home at my computer and pound out a few lines
so I make sure I remember what I thought about. Then next day or so, I spend
some time fiddling around with it at the computer. It kind of slowly knits
together, then some of it doesn’t work or it is too complicated and over a
period of months I pull a decent story together. But all ideas an author has
only suit a certain niche of the population, of course.

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

Animal protection. Trees and having nature kept in a town building program,
so there are always trees everywhere, no matter what kind of building
project is going on. What a difference it makes to a community. Incredible,
especially in this time of climate change when everyone is too hot and
looking for shade. Cut down all the trees, guess what…no shade. Worst
thing. Heat is a killer. Animals, trees, local newspapers (very important to
support your local paper), and fitness. I love working out.

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

I stumbled into this website called WildSound. I didn’t know what it was. I
saw it was an opportunity to put my books out there and I read the blurb on
the site and decided to have a shot. It feels like fun, very positive.

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

Well, never give up never give up. Take James Patterson’s Masterclass, 22
videos in which he teaches you details about how to write and stuff. Very
personal, very relaxing, not stressful at all and it makes you really
rethink your books. And it’s only ninety bucks U.S. A real deal. Jump at it.
I once listened to a radio show where Hammond Innes was being interviewed,
he used to be a very popular writer years ago, male-type action adventure
books, I am a woman but I loved his books. Esp Wreck of the Mary Deare. Love
that book. Anyway, he said one thing I never forgot: He said he has always
taken every single writing course he ever ran across. He still took them.
Still learning how to write, still humble after such big success. Well, his
books now have very old fashioned morals and values, you wouldn’t read some
of that these days. Men were men etc. But the adventures were wonderful. You
can still get his books on Amazon.

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VIDEO PITCH for Pagan Flames, Novel by Vanayssa Somers

Watch the Video Pitch for PAGAN FLAMES:

BUY this book on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.ca/Pagan-Flames-Vanayssa-Somers-ebook/dp/B00OSP04O0

Get to know writer Vanayssa Somers:

1. What is your story about?

Arch-Wizard Faery Prince recruits an under-confident young orphan
girl for training in Shapeshifting, Time Travel, Quantum Mastery, all
to turn her into a super-hero who travels through time, saving lives
and bringing evil to its knees.

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

This story, in large part, is based on a past life reading I gave once to a
young woman several years ago. I never forgot the reading, it was so unusual
and vivid. This young woman had been a psychic master of some sort in a past
life and was able to shape shift…take on the form of animals at will,
including eagles and wolves. I had been giving past life readings for years
but had never experienced a channeling at all like this one. I never forgot
it. Always wanted to write about it, and about an imaginary girl like her.
That book is PAGAN FLAMES. Of course, the personal details of the actual
reading are sacred and are not included in the book. But the shapeshifting
was the most wonderful thing to channel, unforgettable.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

Since I was a small child, but writing professionally, just about five
years. Solstice Publishing gave me a chance, took Pagan Flames. So thrilling
to get that first contract. Only a year ago, that happened. The book had sat
under my bed for about three years, I’d given up.

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

“How to Train Your Dragon I” and also “You’ve Got Mail.”

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

Steven Spielberg. But I don’t know much about Hollywood and its major
personas. I just know his name like everyone knows his name.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have written about a dozen stories. Full length novellas, two and another
in progress.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

As mentioned above in question #2, I had a personal experience with
channeling a past life to a young woman a few years ago and being able to
take on animal form at will was part of that reading. It was something I
never forgot, very vivid and exciting to channel this information for her.

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

Well, I get an idea, as I suppose all authors do. I get that little excited
feeling in the core of my body and my brain starts tearing along behind my
nervous system. The excitement builds, if I am sitting getting my hair done,
or on a bus or something, and I start thinking how I could write about it.
Then I sit down soon as I get home at my computer and pound out a few lines
so I make sure I remember what I thought about. Then next day or so, I spend
some time fiddling around with it at the computer. It kind of slowly knits
together, then some of it doesn’t work or it is too complicated and over a
period of months I pull a decent story together. But all ideas an author has
only suit a certain niche of the population, of course.

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

Animal protection. Trees and having nature kept in a town building program,
so there are always trees everywhere, no matter what kind of building
project is going on. What a difference it makes to a community. Incredible,
especially in this time of climate change when everyone is too hot and
looking for shade. Cut down all the trees, guess what…no shade. Worst
thing. Heat is a killer. Animals, trees, local newspapers (very important to
support your local paper), and fitness. I love working out.

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

I stumbled into this website called WildSound. I didn’t know what it was. I
saw it was an opportunity to put my books out there and I read the blurb on
the site and decided to have a shot. It feels like fun, very positive.

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

Well, never give up never give up. Take James Patterson’s Masterclass, 22
videos in which he teaches you details about how to write and stuff. Very
personal, very relaxing, not stressful at all and it makes you really
rethink your books. And it’s only ninety bucks U.S. A real deal. Jump at it.
I once listened to a radio show where Hammond Innes was being interviewed,
he used to be a very popular writer years ago, male-type action adventure
books, I am a woman but I loved his books. Esp Wreck of the Mary Deare. Love
that book. Anyway, he said one thing I never forgot: He said he has always
taken every single writing course he ever ran across. He still took them.
Still learning how to write, still humble after such big success. Well, his
books now have very old fashioned morals and values, you wouldn’t read some
of that these days. Men were men etc. But the adventures were wonderful. You
can still get his books on Amazon.

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Video Pitch for Chain Reaction plus, Novel by Jacob Greenberg

Watch the Video Pitch Logline for CHAIN REACTION PLUS:

Get to know writer Jacob Greenberg:

1. What is your story about?

An experienced investigator turns out to be a criminal at the end of the successful investigation.

2. Why should people know this story?

Big problems appear after small mistakes.

3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story
in two words?

Be careful with women.

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

Three Days of the Condor.

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

Two weeks.

6. How many stories have you written?

About thirty.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I like to create unusual situations.

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

Sometimes I write screenplays.

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

Write less but better!

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