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Tonight join us for a very special show as we talk about The Barbarian of Gargatchua, a very lovely tale and future spin-off series that is in the works between some of us lovely, talented & amazing fans, and we allso have a special kitties return show, because of our enormously successful cats shows on 'The Casual Kiss.' We bring you more kitties, and I hope you stay tuned to our humurous but fun show, WITH your lovely hosts, I Huggy, and the very humorous Matt.
Michael D’Ambrosio is from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and has been writing fiction since 2000. He regularly appears at science-fiction, fantasy and horror conventions around the country. He has been a keynote speaker at the Library of Congress.
In addition to novels, Michael also has written several screenplays for his books and other projects, which are currently on the market. His main project, Space Frontiers is expected to be a long series while a sequel to Night Creeps and other projects remain a possibility.
We will be talking to Michael about the pros and cons of adapting his own books to screenplays and the hurdles he has had to jump to get noticed. He has just returned from the Inktip’s Pitch Summit in Burbank, California. We will talk about what he had to do to get there and what his expectations of the future is for screenplay writing.
Look for updated information on his website at www.fracturedtime.com.
Just as author Nick Veltri states in his book , reason to believe shows the blind passion we have today for two of Americas most popular activities. Casino gambling and pro football.
His great prose is the benefit of both his experience in the casino buisness having dealt craps in his life in vegas, and studying dramatic arts in california. He really knows the casino buisness like the back of his hand, and, this becomes a big part of the book, and Nick really lays it out in a reality style fashion. It really makes you feel like your there. he puts parts of his life into the book some satirical, some serious, from working in vegas and driving cab to meeting his wife to having his child, he enlaces parts of this in throughout the book and it really turns out great, mixing fiction with nonfiction, to get a great novel in the end.
Synopsis: Ribby is a middle aged man who wants to start a new and better relationship with his thirty-year old daughter. When he falls in love with a cocktail waitress in the casino, he is thrown into the other side of the gambling and pro football world where drugs and addiction emerge from its darkest corners. Ribby is a nostalgic character, he is a good guy, who wants the best for his daughter, but when his daughter and freind get involved with gangster carmen morelli...what is ribby to do? Read on to find out. This book is availible on amazon.com
About the author: Nick Veltri Grew up in the New Kensington part of the pgh area, After working in the family restaurant business he moved out to Las Vegas and then Pasadena, California where he studieed acting at the American Academy of Dramactic Arts. In Las Vegas, he dealt craps. He has written six screenplays and two novels. Reason to believe is his second novel.
Marilyn Campbell-Lowe is a published playwright, award winning actor, co-founder (w/Michael Halberstam) of the Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, IL, and Board Member and Artistic Associate. Her co-adaptation of Crime and Punishment, w/Curt Columbus, is the recipient of a 2003 Joseph Jefferson Award, a 2009 L.A. Backstage Garland Award and a 2009 nomination from the L.A. Drama Critics Circle (“Best Adaptation”). Her play My Own Stranger (w/Linda Laundra, based on the writings of Anne Sexton) is currently being made into a film. In addition to playwriting, Ms. Campbell is an award winning actress and host of an award winning radio show on WFMT called The Feminist Lens. For more, visit www.marilynRcampbell.com
Linda was a co-founder of The Writers Theatre in New York City where she served as its Artistic Director for over 10 years. She directed numerous plays for the company and helped develop hundreds of others. Linda moved from stage to screen through Daytime Television where she was a Producer and Director for 12 continuous years, working for the 3 major networks. She was nominated for Emmy’s as a producer and a director. Her first show was GUIDING LIGHT then, ANOTHER WORLD and concluded her daytime life at ALL MY CHILDREN. Her first film, JEAN, based on the final chapter of Mark Twain’s autobiography, won several awards in the Festival Circuit. She is currently working on 3 screenplays, including her first feature film of the play MY OWN STRANGER, which she adapted with writing partner, Marilyn Campbell. She serves on the Directors Council of the Directors Guild of America, where she created and chaired the first long-standing women’s committee, Focus on Women.
Michael Frost Beckner "The Screewriter Series" EP 5 Screenwriter on Rex Sikes' Movie Beat. Michael launched his writing career with three record-making “spec” script sales: Texas Lead & Gold, Cutthroat Island, Hunchback of Notre Dame. He's writtern dozens of screenplays, studio rewrites, twenty pilots for commercial and cable networks, numerous episodes for network television, His first original film Sniper spawned three sequels. His big-screen success came with Universal's Spy Games, directed by Tony Scott starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. He created, Excutive Producered and wrote the CBS series, The Agency. He began his career as director, Barry Levinson’s Writing Assistant working with the director on Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man. From 1997 to 2008, he worked extensively with director, Sydney Pollack, adapting John Le Carre’s The Night Manager and writing two more films and developing two television series. Recent writing credits include: CSI: Crime Scene Investigators, Discovery's Gold Fever, and he is preparing the Spy Game prequel Muir’s Gambit for production and has adapted his novel Berlin Mesa into a 4 hour mini-series for AMC, Beckner is currently working on City of Lies with director Wolfgang Petersen. upcoming Civil War Event Mini-Series To Appomattox. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com
In this episode, our host from the listening post, Jett, chats with Andrew J. Robinson. Author, screenplay writer, and Regional Director of Central Florida for the Florida Writers Association.
Born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Andrew has lived in Orlando, Florida for over twelve years. Author of numerous books, including children’s, young adult sci-fi, murder mysteries, and a teen adventure story set against the backdrop of a new species of humans – the vamps. He’s also done non-fiction work, including a series of stories about growing up on Martha’s Vineyard Island. His most recent works are a series of books about writing.
More than a hundred of his short stories are available for viewing on www.GrubStreet.ca.
He’s written a dozen screenplays – one of which – Wiccans Lair – was made into a motion picture by an Orlando indie company.
He assisted Zman Films in New York with the script Hip Hop High which was a stage show presented as part of the New York City Fringe Fest.
Andrew can be contacted via email at:DrWhoAR@hotmail.com.
Please join Marsha Casper Cook and VS Grenier on Wednesday at Noon EST 11CST 10MT 9PST as they welcome Mark Coker, Founder, CEO and Chief Author Advocate. Mark Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 to change the way books are published.Mark and his wife Lesleyann co-authored Boob Tube, a novel that explores the wacky world of daytime television soap operas. Their book was rejected by every major New York publisher of commercial women’s fiction, despite representation by a top NYC literary agency. The experience inspired him to start Smashwords, a free publishing platform that allows authors to instantly publish their work online.
Today, Smashwords is the world's largest distributor of self-published ebooks. The company has helped over 50,000 authors around the world publish and distribute over 200,000 ebooks to major retailers such as the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo.
This is going to be a great show listen live or on demand.
Tonight we discuss Pitch, written by Matthew Krause, the book that won first place in the 2012 Balboa Press Fiction, plus a few other books and a lot more story. Listen to the journey of this author and learn from his mistakes, his challenges, and his successes. Krause has also authored screenplays and produced movies. His experience exceeds writing books, and he is ready to talk. Listen to him speak frankly about his life. This is your opportunity to grow as a writer, get some new ideas, and most of all, HAVE SOME FUN! :)
If you wish to explore his work further, here is the link to his other books available on Amazon.
for more of Matt Krause go to: www.storytellermatt.com
Reviews of movies; www.moviemattness.com
Michael Frost Beckner "The Screewriter Series" EP 4 Screenwriter on Rex Sikes' Movie Beat. Michael launched his writing career with three record-making “spec” script sales: Texas Lead & Gold, Cutthroat Island, Hunchback of Notre Dame. He's writtern dozens of screenplays, studio rewrites, twenty pilots for commercial and cable networks, numerous episodes for network television, His first original film Sniper spawned three sequels. His big-screen success came with Universal's Spy Games, directed by Tony Scott starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. He created, Excutive Producered and wrote the CBS series, The Agency. He began his career as director, Barry Levinson’s Writing Assistant working with the director on Good Morning, Vietnam and Rain Man. From 1997 to 2008, he worked extensively with director, Sydney Pollack, adapting John Le Carre’s The Night Manager and writing two more films and developing two television series. Recent writing credits include: CSI: Crime Scene Investigators, Discovery's Gold Fever, and he is preparing the Spy Game prequel Muir’s Gambit for production and has adapted his novel Berlin Mesa into a 4 hour mini-series for AMC, Beckner is currently working on City of Lies with director Wolfgang Petersen. upcoming Civil War Event Mini-Series To Appomattox. Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com
Life Lessons welcomes the incomparable Steve Alten. Steve’s novels are action-packed and very visual. He has optioned DOMAIN, MEG and The LOCH to film producers. Steve has written six original screenplays. His comedy, HARLEM SHUFFLE was a semi-finalist in the LA screenwriting contest, his comedy MINTZ MEATS was selected as a finalist at the Philadelphia film festival as was his psychological thriller, STRANGLEHOLD. Steve’s reality series, HOUSE OF BABEL won at Scriptapalooza. He has also created a TV Drama, PAPA JOHN, based on his years coaching basketball with Hall of Fame coach John Chaney.
Over the years, Steve has been inundated with e-mail from teens who hated reading ...until they read his novels. When he learned high school teachers were actually using his books in the classroom (MEG had been rated #1 book for reluctant readers) Steve launched Adopt-An-Author, a nationwide non-profit program designed to encourage students to read. Teachers who register for the program (it’s free) receive giant shark posters, free curriculum materials, student-author correspondence, an interactive website, and classroom conference calls/visits with the author. To date, over 10,000 teachers have registered, and the success rate in getting teens to read has been unprecedented. Steve now spends half his work week working with high schools. For more information click on www.AdoptAnAuthor.com
As an author, Steve has two goals. First, to continue to work hard to become a better storyteller and create exciting page turning thrillers. Second, to remain accessible to his readers.
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Born in, raised in and eventually paroled from Patchogue, New York, Michael graduated from Marist College where he studied TV and Film Production. While in school, Michael was a member of the sketch/improv comedy troupe, a weekly columnist for the newspaper, a writer and actor for the college TV station and the host of a weekly radio show. Soon after graduating, Michael wrote Subway, his first screenplay. He followed that with a prolific five-year period during which he wrote seven screenplays, four short stories, two novellas and his memoir The Burnout Chronicles. During this same period, he studied acting with William Esper and John Dapolito. His screenplay Inspiration Therapy was optioned by World Film Services and several other scripts were finalists in national screenplay competitions like Project Greenlight and Final Draft Big Break. A member of the Writers Guild of America, Michael’s teleplay Brainstorm, which he wrote in the traumatic aftermath of the 2008 presidential election, was developed by World Film Services and shopped to various networks. Shortly after, he was hired to write a biographical novel which would become his second book, Broken. As an actor, Michael is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in numerous independent films.In June of 2008, Michael wrote the first draft of Maybe Tomorrow. He would also direct and star in the film. “Maybe Tomorrow” an independent political intrigue drama by NYC resident Michael Wolfe, has begun its Video On Demand rollout with its debut on Blue Ridge Communications Cable System, Verizon Fios , Atlantic Broadband, WOW Cable and others. “Maybe Tomorrow” revolves around three estranged friends who finally examine how a covered up crime from their pasts has affected the course of their lives.
A prolific Nigerian playwright, novelist and screenwriter now based in London, HALF OF A YELLOW SUN is Biyi Bandele’s feature film directorial debut. This first feature follows his distinguished career writing and directing plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, and writing screenplays for the BBC and British and international film productions.
Bandele has previously written and directed a short, THE KISS (2009), a psychological thriller.
For television, Bandele wrote Not Even God is Wise Enough directed by Danny Boyle for BBC2 in 1994. His prolific writing for theatre includes his adaptation of Aphra Benn’s Oroonoko, which was a huge hit for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2000, and was successfully revived by New York’s Theatre for a New Audience in 2007. Bandele’s fiction writing includes Burma Boy published by Jonathan Cape in 2007 (published as The King’s Rifle, Harper Collins in the US in 2009).
Film Synopsis: Olanna (Thandie Newton) and Kainene (Anika Noni Rose) are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian family. Upon returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices. Olanna shocks her family by going to live with her lover, the “revolutionary professor” Odenigbo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in the dusty university town of Nsukka; Kainene turns out to be a fiercely successful businesswoman when she takes over the family interests, and surprises even herself when she falls in love with Richard (Joseph Mawle), an English writer. They become caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war, in which the lgbo people fought an impassioned struggle to establish Biafra as an independent republic.