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

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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 Goddess, Novel by Callista Hunter

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Get to know writer Callista Hunter:

1. What is your story about?

My story is about the journey of a young girl who finds out that the goddess she’s been worshiping all her life isn’t real. Once she finds out that her goddess Vesta is a hoax, she starts looking for the truth and experimenting with her own divine power, along with her friends.

The main character in the book is a Vestal Virgin, a priestess of Vesta. The Vestal Virgins were a real religious society in ancient Rome. My book is a YA fantasy that draws from elements of the ancient Roman religion, but it’s also lighthearted in tone.

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

I had so much fun writing my first novel that I know I’m going to be doing it for the rest of my life. And I’m so excited to be releasing my first book out into the wild. I write lighthearted, humorous stories, and if I can entertain and amuse someone for an afternoon, I’m happy!

3. How long have you been writing stories?

This is my first creative writing project, although I’ve done a lot of nonfiction writing. I started this book in January of 2014.

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

The 1995 BBC version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I must have seen it 50 times and could watch it 50 more. The chemistry between Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (as people getting to know each other, not just romantic co-stars) is incredible.

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

I have a wonderful critique partner who would be my first choice for collaboration. Unfortunately she’s busy writing her own stories and I wouldn’t want to take her away from that.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Just this one.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I was on a plane and had just finished the book I was reading, and was just feeling sorry for myself because I was between YA series (and I do love them so). I started thinking about how authors come up with the plots for their books, and I started making notes and diagramming things. I think it’s really important that a book has a theme and an underlying point – not a preachy one, but something to tie the story arc together. For example, the Harry Potter series is so obviously about racism and World War II and the historical parallel.

I had actually just finished the classic book The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, and the underlying plot for Goddess was really stolen from it. Betty Friedan writes about how post-WWII advertising very craftily and intentionally promoted the idea that women belong in the home, and are most fulfilled when their lives revolve around their homes. I started thinking about historical parallels, and I thought of the Vestal Virgins, an ancient Roman priesthood where women tended to the “hearth of the nation.” There seemed like a connection there, plus the added ick factor of the concept that virgin women are somehow more special or holier than others.

I really liked the idea of a main character who at first fully believed in those ideals, and then discovered that they were a complete hoax to keep women in line. My main character Olivia has to confront and ultimately undermine those expectations in order to reach her full potential. At the beginning of the book, Olivia puts her faith in authority figures who are telling her exactly who she should be, a subservient “good girl.” But the story really leads her down a path where she has to gain more independence and confidence in herself. (Down with the patriarchy! Ha-ha.)

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

I write whenever I get a few minutes to myself. I’m so busy otherwise that nothing would ever progress. I write in public and at home, and at the library – pretty much anywhere! I don’t listen to music, but I may have to try that in the future.

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

I’m passionate about the environment. I do volunteering and invasive species management when I can get a free weekend.

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

I just thought it sounded really fun. 🙂

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

No advice. I’m too new at this to give advice. I guess I’d just say thanks to everyone for writing and putting great stories out there for me to read!

Video Pitch for FRANKLIN BEAN AND BUBBIE’S BULLIES, Novel by EMMY SWAIN

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http://www.amazon.com/Franklin-Bean-Bubbies-Bullies-Superhero/dp/0989436233

Get to know writer Emmy Swain:

1. What is your story about?

In the third book of the Franklin Bean early chapter book series, John is settled in his new neighborhood and has a good friend in Addie. But all is not well. His much loved dog, Franklin Bean, goes missing before a dog rescue charity event. Panic follows. And although the bully troubles are different, they’re not over. Latino superhero Pancho Frijole continues saving victims caught in dangerous situations.

The multicultural cast is in for more surprises and challenges. Addie suspects the real identity of Pancho Frijole. We meet new Lucy, a French bulldog with problems that might make her unadoptable. As part of a school assignment, John chooses to work with the canine bullies. But can he find a loving home for a dog with such serious problems?

Two things for sure—danger lurks everywhere for kids and dogs—and Pancho Frijole will try to save the day with teamwork. No matter their ages, readers will come away feeling uplifted and ready to make the world a better place.

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

My characters are created on real life experiences. I believe children should be taught to love everyone, no matter what color, shape, size or challenge. Franklin Bean is a true superhero. He’s magical with subtle life lessons. No matter their ages, readers will come away feeling uplifted and ready to make the world a better place.

3. How long have you been writing stories?

5 years +

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

The Wizard of Oz

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

I would love to collaborate with a dog lover; Sandra Bullock or Lady Gaga would be perfect.

6. How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have written three books in the Franklin Bean Superhero Series.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I was motivated by my life and my Boston Terrier, Franklin Bean.

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

I have no set routine for writing. I write everything down that pops in my head and then I put it together.

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

I love animals, the ocean and making people happy.

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

I would love to share this series with the world. I love to make people smile when I’m not even there.

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

Write from your heart.

Thank you,

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