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Friday, September 21, 2018

HollyShorts - Last Dance Cast Interview



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Sophia Warren, Josh Litman, Tamar Pelzig and Greg Lucey - From Left to Right.

Josh Litman is an award-winning writer and director, known for "Actors Anonymous," "After Rachel," and "The Cookie Monster."

A creator at heart, Josh's love of the arts is what drives him. Born in London, Ontario, Canada in 1989, Josh was first introduced to the world of dramatic arts when in Grade 6 he played Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Flash forward to college and he's completed an honors degree specializing in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. A bit of a detour, sure. But what can he say? He loves getting into people's heads.

Academia aside, he still managed to cultivate his passion via writing, directing, producing, and acting in numerous short films, plays, and two seasons (25 episodes) of a comedic web-based TV series in his spare time. With the confidence gleaned from these creative endeavors, he found himself back on track, embarking on the next important phase of his life: Making the move to Los Angeles, California following a dream-fulfilling admission to USC's School of Cinematic Arts for Film and Television Production.

His films have won several awards and screened at festivals across the map, including the Pasadena International Film Festival (PIFF), Buffalo Niagara Film Festival (BNFF), Hamilton Film Festival (HFF), Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival, LA Thriller Film Fest, Roseville Festival of Film and Animation, and more.

Josh's award-winning films include: "After Rachel," "The Cookie Monster," "A Case of Pyrophilia," "The Suit," "Elevator," "Red Light," and "Death by Hot Wings." Most recently he was a writer on the feature adaptation of James Franco's "Actors Anonymous" starring James Franco, Eric Roberts, Emma Rigby, Horatio Sanz, Scott Haze, and Jake Robbins. The film is set to be released in 2016.

Born in the old city of Jerusalem Israel, to a father who is an artist and a mother who is a psychologist, Tamar Pelzig began her acting career in the prestigious Cameri theatre in Tel-Aviv, at the young age of 14, acting in the show 'Murder' (by Hanoch Levin), which was highly regarded and the winner of the Israeli 'Tony' that year. She studied at the performing arts high school 'Thelma Yellin' in the theatre department, and was a recipient of a certificate of excellence for her studies there. Her acting career continued to take off with numerous leading roles on stages and screens, such as starring in Israel's leading network's prime time TV series 'The Institute', directed by Uri Barabash (Beyond the Walls), the TV series 'Itamar and I', Acting & modeling for different commercials, beauty and fashion campaigns, and even dubbing for the Israeli 'Charlie Brown' cartoon. In 2002, she moved to New York City to further her training at the Broadway Institute 'Circle In The Square Professional Conservatory'. 

Among her teachers there were Broadway veterans Terese Hayden and Jacqueline Brooks who cast Tamar in their original production of 'Touch Me' in Center Stage after she graduated. She was reviewed by Indie Theatre Now as 'Alluring and slyly sexy' for her performance. Following the production, Tamar continued to dedicate her craft to further training and acting in many theatrical productions, most noteworthy was her role of the mentally disturbed Poo Schumer, in the Off-Broadway production of 'Turkey Day' at Theatre at St. Clement's, which awarded Tamar with the Best Actress Award at the Strawberry Festival in 2009. In addition to her work on stage, Tamar also continued work in Film & TV; Playing the role of 'Eve' in Eve, Lucy Blair in 'Thinly Veiled', 'Celebrity Ghost Stories' (Biography Channel), leads in shorts and pilots and others. 

In 2011 Tamar co-founded and was an original cast member of the NYC theatre company 'The Orphans'. Assuming the creator role lead her to other producing experiences such as producing the play 'Hooters' in the Kraine theater in NYC and producing and starring in a promotional video for Janjoon Jewelry. She is based in Los Angeles, but often travels to NYC and Israel for work. Some of her recent TV & Film work includes a recurring role in Astronaut Wives Club' (ABC), Modern Spies (BBC), leads in AFI films 'Fugue', 'Supernova' and 'Shabbat', 'A Case Of pyrophilia', national commercials for various brands, and the Linkin Park music video for 'Final Masquerade' which was viewed more than 38 million times online. She is also the designer and maker behind the brand Janjoon Jewelry, which can be seen in different museums and stores all across California, and is currently in the development stages of an hour long TV drama series with a team of talented and prolific writers in Los Angeles.

Greg Lucey is an actor, known for Sleepwalk (2018), Celluloid Dreams (2014) and Last Dance (2017). Known for: "The Toy Soldiers," "Battle for Skyark," "Celluloid Dreams" "Mr. Monster," "Child of the '70s," and "A Case of Pyrophilia."



"Last Dance" is a short thriller about a reformed and retired hitman who is forced to return to the underworld when his family is attacked during his granddaughter's birthday party. Despite suffering brain damage, he has to track down the assailant and find his granddaughter, whom he struggles to communicate with, for a last chance to connect with her.


ABOUT THE CREW
SHIN YIN HIYU ― Producer

Shin Yin Hiyu graduated with an M.F.A. from The Peter Stark Producing Program, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, in 2014. Prior to that, she had been a full-time producer at MediaCorp TV Singapore since 2008, writing and directing both scripted and unscripted programs, for MediaCorp Channel 5, Singapore's main free-to-air English language entertainment and lifestyle channel, and has produced and directed over 20 hours of episodic broadcast television. She was recently awarded First Prize for Scripted Series at the 36th College Television Awards for MISS MUSTARD GLADE, a web-series that she produced for the SUBWAY Fresh Artists™ Program 2013. She was also awarded the Peter Stark Filmmaker Award while at USC for her directorial effort in MAKING WATER, which won Best Film of 2013.

XING-MAI DENG ― Cinematographer
Xing-Mai Deng, also known as Mye, is a Los Angeles based cinematographer originally from Beijing. He spent most of his childhood traveling between China and the U.S., consuming cinema from every screen he came across. Eventually, he turned those countless hours of viewing into a lifelong pursuit – making movies. Xing-Mai has been shooting films as a cinematographer since 2010. He is currently finishing his Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

MICHAEL SANAIHA ― Assistant Director
With seven years of industry experience and studying under three veteran assistant directors with the DGA, Michael brings a lot to the table. Communication, professionalism, and proper organization are some of the fundamentals he stands behind and implements in every production he has the privilege of working with. His appreciation towards the art his directors provide serves as the passion that ignites his own creativity for crafting a flawless movement in the day-to-day execution of the production process. Working closely with the director, producers, and cinematographers helps to create the smoothest environment on set, allowing cast and crew to thrive. "It's the writer's ship, the director's course, and the assistant director's crew. Make them realize the worth of the ship, the stability of the course - that is my responsibility as Assistant Director."

ERIC BAIRD ― Production Designer
Eric is in his first year at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts in the production program. Originally from Connecticut, he’s been writing and making films for the past 5 years and long had an interest in production design and its significance in making films look and feel professional. He’s extremely excited to be part of the Last Dance team. This will be his second film working with Josh Litman as Production Designer.

RUI CUI ― Editor
Raised in Beijing China, Rui earned double Bachelor's Degrees in Digital Media Art and TV Production from the Communication University of China. While in school, Cui worked as a producer and director at the Student TV Station. He successfully produced and directed several TV programs on campus every semester.

His thesis film, "Indifferent City," a fantasy film, which analyzes the inner world of an autism patient, won the Audience Award at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth, Seattle, WA.

Today, Cui is a MFA Candidate of Film and TV Production at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Cui specializes in film directing, editing, and visual effects. He strives to make films that have both a compelling story and a unique visual style.


A darkly comedic neo-noir revenge thriller about a former assassin who has to rescue his granddaughter after she is brutally abducted from her birthday party.



Josh Litman, Sophia Warren, Tamar Pelzig and Greg Lucey with JBN Journalist, Americo Galli.

Josh Litman, Sophia Warren, Tamar Pelzig and Greg Lucey on the Red Carpet at HollyShorts.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH JOSH LITMAN, SOPHIA WARREN, TAMAR PELZIG AND GREG LUCEY.
JOURNALIST: AMERICO GALLI
LOCATION: HOLLYSHORTS, THE CHINESE THEATER, HOLLYWOOD, CA 
 AUGUST 9TH - 18TH
INTERVIEW: AUGUST 12, 2018


Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros). Sound: Edward Chung.

ABOUT HOLLYSHORTS
HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.
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|Podcast| Lucidity - David Carnoy


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While David Carnoy lives in New York City with his wife and children, his novels take place in Silicon Valley, where he grew up and went to high school (Palo Alto). His debut novel, Knife Music (2010), was a Top-10 bestseller on the Kindle and also a bestseller on the Nook. More medical thriller than high-tech thriller, to research the novel Carnoy spent a lot of time talking with doctors, visiting trauma centers, and trailed a surgeon at a hospital in Northern California to help create the book's protagonist, Dr. Ted Cogan.

The Big Exit (2012) isn't a sequel to Knife Music per se. However, a few of the characters from Knife Music figure prominently in the story. His second novel has more of a high-tech slant and reflects Carnoy's experiences as an executive editor at CNET.com, where he currently works and is trying resolve his obsession with consumer electronics products. He went to college at Wesleyan University and has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.

"A lot people ask me how I have time to write novels when I have a full-time job and four little kids and I just say I got a hold of some of those pills Bradley Cooper's character popped in the movie Limitless," Carnoy says. He adds that if Bradley Cooper is reading this, he'd make "an excellent Dr. Ted Cogan for the film version ofKnife Music."

Carnoy is also fan of The Big Lebowski and all Coen brothers movies except The Ladykillers.



JEANBOOKNERD PODCAST 2018: EPISODE SIXTEEN
GUEST: DAVID CARNOY
JOURNALIST: MARK JOHNSON
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Praise for LUCIDITY

"David Carnoy gets better with each book... Lucidity is a Tour de Force of a thriller that captures you from the very first page." —New York Times Bestselling Author Harlan Coben

"Carnoy's sharp sense of humor and clever plotting... make this novel a standout."  —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

After his “gripping thriller debut” (Kirkus) Knife Music and sophomore “page turner” (Examiner.com) The Big Exit, David Carnoy’s Detective Hank Madden returns in this bicoastal caper that pits dreams against reality, where nothing can be taken at face value.

Twenty years after the unsolved case of Stacey Walker’s disappearance went cold, a Silicone Valley executive hires the retired Menlo Park Police Detective Hank Madden to find her body and track down her missing husband, the prime suspect in her unsolved murder. Four months later, author Candace Epstein is pushed in front of a car near Central Park. Her editor Max Fremmer becomes entangled in the investigation of her attempted murder, though he is adamant that he is uninvolved. As he digs into Candace’s background to clear his own name, Fremmer grows suspicious of his client’s connection to a nefarious institute for lucid dreaming on the Upper East Side and its staff whose stories never seem to add up—all while an unexpected link emerges to Detective Madden’s investigation in California.

As similarities arise between the cases on each coast, Detective Madden and Fremmer forge an unlikely partnership to expose what misconduct lurks beneath the façade of the Lucidity Center—but can they unravel the secret that links their investigations together in time, or are they only dreaming? Carnoy’s Luciditystuns with complex detail that will keep readers guessing until the final, satisfying jolt.

TEN REASONS TO READ LUCIDITY (HANK MADDEN #3)
  • Lucid dreaming is part of the story 
  • One of main characters is a book doctor and a spin instructor 
  • It’s partially based on a real-life murder case in Menlo Park, CA, the home of Facebook 
  • It’s twisty -- and humorous in spots 
  • The protagonist’s main mode of transportation is a kick scooter 
  • Everybody in the book has written a book, is writing a book or wants to write a book 
  • It got a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was highlighted in Time Magazine 
  • It mixes several genres without you realizing it does 
  • You won’t guess who did it (easily anyway) 
  • It doesn’t cost that much
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nancy Richardson Fischer Author Interview


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I was born on the east coast and went to Cornell University. After college I worked as a writer for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was a fun first job and I learned how to write quickly, and also that when elephants sneeze on you it's very (VERY) messy. After a year in the circus, I moved out west. I lived in Aspen, Colorado where I skied as much as possible and worked as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant. Great experience but I learned that waitressing is hard (HARD) and I'm not very good at it.

After Aspen, I moved to San Francisco, California where I worked as a writer for University of California, San Francisco and wrote freelance for LucasFilm. At UCSF I learned that sitting in a cubicle under fluorescent lights dulls my soul. LucasFilm taught me that writing freelance, especially fiction, is fun (FUN). So I headed to graduate school in Boulder, Colorado to further hone my skills.

For the first part of my freelance writing career I wrote sport autobiographies. I'd visit and travel with an athlete like Monica Seles, Bela Karolyi, Nadia Comaneci or Apolo Ohno and then write their book. It was a terrific job, but after ten years and tons of incredible experiences I got tired of writing other peoples' stories and not my own.

Today I live in the Pacific Northwest with my amazing husband, Henry, and our mostly loveable (but sometimes vorpal) Vizsla, Boone. When I'm not conjuring a story, I love to kite-board, bike, ski or plan adventures with Boone and Henry, who both make me laugh for different reasons and who are the best partners in fun a gal could ever imagine.


      
  


Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born on the East Coast but home is the Pacific Northwest. It’s super rainy in the winter but as the saying goes: There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing. 

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life in writing?
I always wanted to be a writer, but in college everyone told me to find a major that would lead to a safe job, like advertising or event planning. Nothing wrong with either of those, but they weren’t my passion. Life is too short to spend one minute not following your dreams. Whatever your passion, pursue it. If it’s writing then put your butt in that chair (for hours, days, months, years … with breaks of course;-) and don’t give up until you make your dreams happen!

What were your inspirations for the character development?
The inspirations for the characters in When Elephants Fly came from personal experiences. 

I have a good friend, Bea, whose mother has a mental health condition. Learning about Bea’s experiences growing up with a mom in and out of hospitals, plus her fears that she, too, might have similar issues (children with a parent who has a mental health condition have approximately a 10% chance of also having a mental health condition) was heart-rending and powerful. 

Bea was able to overcome her fears and went to college, pursued her professional dreams, eventually got married and had a child. But her experiences made me wonder about all the young adults who couldn’t overcome their fears, or whose fears became their reality. The questions that arose, and my desire to write a universal story about the challenges, big and small, real or imagined that stop people from living in the moment (when possible), led to the creation of Lily, my protagonist. 

My elephant calf, Swifty, was inspired by my first job out of college as a traveling writer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The performers in the show were incredible athletes, but seeing wild animals in captivity, especially the elephants, was horrible. When I quit that job, I promised myself I’d figure out a way to shine a light on both the sad lives of wild animals in roadside safaris and circuses, and their ever-worsening plight in their natural habitats. 

Elephants in the wild will be extinct in the next twenty years if nothing is done to protect them from poaching and habitat loss. I support the work of Space for Giants (https://spaceforgiants.org) and Reteti Elephant Sanctuary (https://www.retetielephants.org/). Both are working tirelessly to save the majestic, intelligent, kind and loving elephant from extinction. Please check out their websites and donate if you’re inspired to join the fight to save elephants!

What was your unforgettable moment while writing WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY?
The writing process is never done, even when searching for an agent, or after the book has been purchased. My most unforgettable moment was the call from Stephanie Kip Rostan, of Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency, saying that she wanted to represent me. Until that point, I wasn’t sure that When Elephants Fly would ever be more than a book on my computer. Steph is brilliant, funny and committed. She sold WEF at auction and that gave me the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented Natashya Wilson, Editorial Director of Harlequin Teen (renamed Inkyard Press in 2019), and her wonderful team. 

Are there authors that you’re excited to engage/work with?
I’m a huge fan of Sarah Zarr, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Julie Kagawa, Jennifer Niven, Carrie Arcos, John Green, Laurie Forest, and Robin Roe. I’d be excited to learn from any of them! 

What book would you recommend for others to read?
In the YA world, The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez, an achingly beautiful story about what it means to survive. 

In the adult book world I recommend The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. It’s the story of a Jesuit mission to another planet that serves as a reminder that everything we assume about anything/anyone is based on our own experiences, not necessarily reality.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Lily?
While creating Lily, I read accounts written by young adults with mental health conditions as well as books and articles written by their family members. I also watched countless programs and videos, and had conversations with psychiatrists who treat patients with mental health issues. What surprised me was the incredible resiliency of the human spirit; the power of family and hope, and the importance of having someone or something to love and fight for when facing adversity. 

I was also surprised to learn that approximately one-third of homeless persons have serious mental illnesses. Every homeless adult with a mental health condition was once a young adult like Lily. Their lives were derailed—maybe they didn’t have family support, or someone to love, or proper medical care, or their condition overwhelmed everyone involved, including them. My dream is that When Elephants Fly will help create understanding and empathy for people with mental health issues and give hope to those struggling to thrive.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
Thanks for asking! Right now I’m in the midst of editing a new young adult novel tentatively titled: The Speed of Falling Objects (HarperCollins/Inkyard Press October 2019). I’m super excited about this story!!

HERE'S THE SYNOPSIS
There are four reasons Danny barely knows her dad. First, her mom hates the guy. Second, her dad is Cougar Warren, famous TV survivalist. Third, Cougar wanted a son, hence her name. Fourth, Danny is an embarrassment. Her dad is athletic, charismatic, and handsome. Danny stinks at sports, has only one friend, and bears the nickname Pigeon for the way she moved her head as a kid after losing one eye. 

For her 16th birthday, Cougar finally invites Danny to be part of a TV episode featuring Gus Price, a popular teen actor. Danny’s mom forbids it, but an unearthed secret leads Danny to defy her. She joins Cougar for what she hopes will be the start of a real father-daughter relationship.

When their small plane crashes in the jungles of Peru leaving most of the film crew dead, Danny, Cougar, and Gus must work together to survive their injuries and the jungle’s perils. Their ordeal shatters Danny’s perception of her parents, illuminates her unique skills, and teaches her that falling for Gus requires its own kind of bravery. 

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I’d love to introduce Lily to Violet from Jennifer Niven’s All The Bright Places. Both Lily and Violet live for the future, though they have different reasons. Violet wants to escape her hometown and the memory of her sister’s death. Lily wants to skip from age 18 to 30 to avoid the danger zone for schizophrenia, a mental health condition that has impacted all the women in her family. Both have to find a way to live in the present or miss out on the joys and heartaches that make life worth living. If Lily and Violet actually met, I think they’d be faithful friends.

What cartoon character best describes you?
I’m not sure any of them! But I’d like to be a bit like Cartman from South Park. Who wouldn’t want to own an amusement park or be super pragmatic and goal-oriented in dire circumstances? 

What is one unique thing are you afraid of?
I’m afraid of so many things and none are unique! The dark, spiders, losing anyone I love, my dog getting hurt, dread diseases … But I do my best to push all of them aside because I believe that worrying is wishing for something bad to happen. 

What is your happiest childhood memory?
This one took some thought! I grew up with a fearful parent, something I recognized even at a young age. My happiest childhood memories have to do with overcoming both big and small fears, making the decision to be the person I wanted to be, not the person I felt at times destined to be. 

An example? I was a diver and had an accident where I hit the board resulting in cuts, bruises, and the overwhelming fear that it’d happen again. One of my favorite memories is going back to the scene of my accident, getting on the diving board and doing that reverse one-and-a-half-somersault again and again until the fear disappeared. 

Can you define love in your own way?
Love … being the best person you can be, even when it’s hard, for your favorite person in the world. 

If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had “no regrets” what would it be?
My husband and I discovered that when we were in our twenties we lived on the same street in San Francisco for over a year but never met. My front window actually looked out on his garage!! If I had the chance to go back in time I’d sit on that street corner for hours, days, months, until I met him so that we wouldn’t have had to wait ten more years to meet, marry, and begin our life together. 

Is there anything going on this weekend?
Besides writing? If there’s wind you’ll find me taking a break to go kite-surfing! 

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
Hands down, meeting my husband. He’s direct, kind, pragmatic, adventurous, and immensely capable. Also, he doesn’t sweat the small stuff. I’m overflowing with imagination, rarely practical, even more adventurous, usually kind, but the small stuff can twist me into knots. Today I try to think more like my husband, which helps smooth out the rough spots J. But when I’m writing, I embrace every single one of my quirks! 

TEN QUOTES FROM WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY
SHORTER QUOTES
“Crazy is genetic.”

“One door leads to Normal, the other to Insanity.”

“I will inherit a key but I don’t get to pick which door it unlocks.”

“This is the game I play, pretending not to notice the way he watches me, waiting for crazy to smash into our lives again.”

“My world is a kaleidoscope, with a twist it comes into focus—my father doesn’t think I’ll make it through four years of college because he doesn’t think I have four years of sanity left.”

“I’m a girl with an extremely uncertain future.”

“I hold my breath, frozen like a soldier who has stepped on a land mine. But no matter what I do, eventually it’s going to blow me up.”

“If you need to fly,” I say, because I can’t bear her suffering, “you can fly.”

“The one certainty in life is that it changes.”

“It’s impossible to bend crazy to your will. It wins, hands down.”

“The only promise with schizophrenia is that there’s both hope and despair.”

LONGER QUOTES
“Crazy is genetic. It’s the house I was born inside. There are no windows, just two locked doors. One door leads to Normal, the other to Insanity. At some point, I will inherit a key, but I don’t get to pick which door it unlocks. Even if I did, there’s no guarantee I’d understand the choice, or realize where I was when I got there.”

“What are you, the Make-A-Wish Foundation?” It’s a joke, but my voice comes out too sharp. I push my chair back; start to pace around the small room. “I’m not some kid with cancer that needs to live my dream before I croak. I’m not dying. I just might not have a future as…as me.”

“After Raki rejected her, Swifty cried for hours. I want people to see her tears, to know that in any life, elephant or human, they mean despair.”


There are some battles worth fighting even if it means losing yourself.

T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she's not developing schizophrenia.Genetics are not on Lily's side.

When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily's odds are even worse than she thought. Still, there's a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages eighteen to thirty, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests.

But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can't abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf's life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way.


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HollyShorts - A Night in Jail - Max Madsen Interview


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Max Madsen was born on March 16, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Maximilian Soren Madsen. He is an actor, known for Rock Paper Dead (2019), Rock Paper Dead: Betrayal and A Night in Jail (2017).

      



Busted for using drugs and forced to spend the night in jail, college-bound Danny thinks he has nothing in common with his cellmate who is a mentally ill, homeless drug addict. As the hours sink deeper into the night, he discovers he is horribly mistaken. Inspired by true events.

ABOUT THE CAST
Katherine Hernacki ― Officer Green
Katherine Hernacki is an actor and producer, known for A Night in Jail (2017).

Max Madsen ― Danny
Max Madsen was born on March 16, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Maximilian Soren Madsen. He is an actor, known for Rock Paper Dead (2019), Rock Paper Dead: Betrayal and A Night in Jail (2017).

Michael Madsen ― Captain
Michael Madsen's long career spans 25 years and more than 170 films in which he has played memorable characters in myriad box office hits, including: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) Sin City (2005), Hell Ride (2008), Die Another Day (2002), Donnie Brasco (1997), Species (1995), The Getaway (1994), Thelma & Louise (1991), and Free Willy (1993). Michael is notably recognized for his role as Mr. Blonde, in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992).

Michael was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Elaine Madsen (née Melson), an Emmy-winning writer, producer, and poet, and Calvin Madsen, a firefighter. He is the brother of actress Virginia Madsen. His paternal grandparents were Danish.

In recent years, Madsen has received Best Actor awards for his role in the Irish boxing film Strength and Honour, from the New York International Film Festival, the Boston Film Festival and the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. Madsen received the Golden Dolphin Award at the 25th Festroia Festival in Portugal, an award also given to veterans Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum. In 2012, Madsen was named President of the first annual Champs Elysees Film Festival in France which honored producer Harvey Weinstein. Recent television appearances include guest starring roles on The Mob Doctor (2012), Golden Boy (2013)and Blue Bloods (2010).

Madsen is well recognized as an accomplished poet. His first book "Burning In Paradise" with a Foreword by Dennis Hopper, won the Independent Firecracker Award and was later translated into Norwegian. He has a world-wide following with his work, honored at International Poetry Festivals in Genoa, Italy and Mexico . He was recently the Guest of Honor at the Crossing Border Festival in Netherlands. His "The Complete Poetic Works" is an international bestseller. This was followed by his "Signs of Life" dedicated to Chris Penn. This unique work combined his new poetry with his own original photography. His next book of poetry "American Badass"was dedicated to the memory of the late David Carradine, his friend and Kill Bill co-star. His newest book "Expecting Rain" has a Foreword by Jerry Hopkins.

Cooper Ramsey ― Steve
Cooper Ramsey is an actor, known for Kickback, V, Accountable (2019) and Franky(2019).

Amy Morrison Williams was born in Memphis, Tenn but moved as baby and grew up on New York City's Lower East Side in the days when it was notorious for drugs and crime. it was still home to neighborhoods, including hers East 10th Street and Avenue C, PS 61 on East 12th Street, JHS 56 on Clinton and Henry streets, and IS 17 in Chelsea.

Her father, a college professor, was a Ph.D. in German literature; a poet, writer and photographer, he had a wide range of gifts and interests, including films and movie making. Her mother worked as a transcriber and typesetter before becoming an accidental journalist and writer. Dr. Morrison was writing a critical work about Franz Kafka when he was severely injured in 1970 in Manhattan. Much of this story was told in Williams' first film, "The Morrison Project," which won Best Documentary and the Golden Starfish Award at The Hamptons Film Festival in 2003.

With enormous passion for film and storytelling in her blood, even as a girl Williams gravitated to movie theaters as an escape from her childhood demons, and voraciously consuming movies before she was in double digits. She was unaware of her own eye for photography until she was an adult, when she learned to use the tools of the trade,working as a wedding photographer and videographer.

But it was when she was living in Chapel Hill, N.C., that her thirst to make films grew, and she studied at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies with the idea of making a documentary and beyond. Since her best documentary win at The Hamptons Film Festival, she has written her first screenplay and is working to build a topnotch team to bring the script to the screen and to life. While she has other projects completed and in the works, making this feature film is a most important goal in her life.

Williams counts Martin Scorsese , Lee Daniels, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers as some of her biggest influences.

Simultaneously, she has been working as a producer, raising 95 percent of the multi-million dollar funding for "Mothers and Daughters" while also acquiring domestic distribution and sales for the film, which stars Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Christina Ricci, Courteney Cox and others. She also closed funding for "The Last Treasure Hunt," a festival film, and helped fund and produce "Respire," Directed by Williams winning a best director award at the California women's film festival This powerful short film also won best narrative short at California international film festival and is presently submitted to other festivals . Williams raised the full multi million dollar Horror 80s throw back Rock Paper Dead single handedly acquiring sales for domestic set to be released in March 2019 Lions Gate /Grindstone. Amy also financed feature in post in which she directed Title TBD. Williams next feature Red River starring Jason Patrick and Jackson Rathbone will be shooting very soon late fall . Williams just packaged and wrapped a feature length film The Great Illusion a Noir Horror Thriller with a monumental cast and brilliant female director Maga Cardones a dear friend who has worked a lot with Williams in the past. Recently a short film Williams helped finance, produce and direct starring Michael Madsen and his son Max got into first official selection the LA Shorts film fest and Holly shorts and is making its way through festival circuits. Williams is working on two children's films with producer/writer Heidi Swan, "Fourth of July Weekend," and "Kickback. "Williams is producing and in development for many new project's and pilots , also some Off Broadway theater and musicals. Williams produces and directs music Videos as well with a very large connection to top dancers and musical talent ,truly love collaborating with up and coming bands or seasoned ones looking to do something different with name actors and more , creating edgy modern concepts or any style one wishes. Over the course of twenty years is an independent female filmmaker in every sense of the word ... At this stage of the game started new production company Little Axe Productions recently and Galileo

Other projects include Floating Bridge to be shot soon as well In Seattle

On the documentary side, Williams has shot and directed most of her film about life and death, "In the End," which is currently in post.

Williams is a hardworking mom, a professional photographer , producer, director and writer. She runs, enjoys yoga and exercise, loves to cook and paint for fun, and is an ardent advocate for animals. She and her husband, Neil Williams, live in Malibu, California and have two daughters. Her eldest daughter is a writer , singer , dancer and actress, she graduated Emerson College for film production. The youngest daughter Coco Joelle also loves to sing act and is preparing to become professional dancer and performer off to NYU this fall for Dance major and writing.


Max Madsen on the Red Carpet at The Chinese Theater.

Max Madsen on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Rachel Litfin at HollySHorts.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH MAX MADSEN
JOURNALIST: RACHEL LITFIN

LOCATION: HOLLYSHORTS, THE CHINESE THEATER, HOLLYWOOD, CA 
― AUGUST 9TH - 18TH
INTERVIEW: AUGUST 12, 2018

Video/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros), Audio: Edward Chung

ABOUT HOLLYSHORTS
HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

HollyShorts - Janek Bastard - Muriel Naim Interview


Photo Content from Muriel Naim

Muriel Naim is an Israeli-Iranian director/writer of film, television and theatre, emerging from Tel-Aviv's Art scene. She currently lives & works in Los Angeles.

Muriel graduated with honors from Thelma Yellin School of Arts, where she mentored under Israeli-Lithuanian theater director Arthur Kogan. At the age of 18, her theater production "Jubilee" — was selected to be presented at the National Theatre. While studying in the MFA Film Directing program at CalArts, Naim wrote, directed and shot the five-minute short JAVIER. The film was selected to open the 2016 Annual Film Directors Showcase at REDCAT, and has since been distributed to several international companies. She recently graduated from the Directing program at the AFI Conservatory, where she was awarded the Irwin & Sheila Allen Scholarship and mentored under Oscar-winning Director/Writer Asghar Farhadi.

Muriel's films delve into the cores of the human condition, explore taboo, emotion and transgression through visceral storytelling, and evoke the classical narrative structure.

      



MEET THE TEAM
FERNANDO BARAJAS ― PRODUCER
Growing up in a Farming community, Fernando's choice in the film industry was rather unusual. He got his start in the arts-collaborating in the theatre, where he stage-managed regional productions of the Gershwin musical CRAZY FOR YOU, Shakespeare's RICHARD III and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES. His passion for film and television has made him branch out into other parts of production, such as being a production assistant on DOG HOUSE and working as a boom operator on THE LAST ONES, which was recently accepted into the SOHO International Film Festival. Fernando is an associate producer on I WAS A TEENAGE WERESKUNK, which received a theatrical release this past fall.

LAUREN GUITERAS ― CINEMATOGRAPHER
Lauren is an emerging cinematographer with a focus on narrative dramas and music videos. Upon graduating from Northwestern University, she quickly built a foundation in camera and Grip & Electric departments ranging from independent features to network television series. Since then, her work has premiered on VEVO, NPR, and Rookie Mag.

​At the AFI Conservatory, Lauren has mentored under Stephen Lighthill (ASC), Jacek Laskus (ASC), Charlie Rose (AIC), and many other award-winning cinematographers. She takes pride in her understanding of light and composition, sensitivity to characters' emotions, and relationship with her crew.


ZEKUN (ZOE) MAO ― EDITOR
Zekun Mao is a recent graduate of City University of Hong Kong, with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media, focused on documentary Filmmaking and sound design. In 2013, she served as the key sound designer of two short films: MAZE and FOLLOWING, ​which were selected to represent The University of Hong Kong for the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival.

In 2013, she worked as assistant editor and sound editor for the Community Services and Engagement Documentary Project, being responsible for both editing and music. She finished her graduate thesis - her 2nd documentary - in 2014, which dealt with the Muslim culture scholar and the Chinese foot culture.

ZANDER FIESCHKO ― PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Zander grew up in Pittsburgh, raised on Pierogies. Consistantly getting in trouble in grade school for his wild imagination, Zander naturally went on to study Cinematography and Sociology at Emerson College. Since 2010, he has lived in Los Angeles working in the Art Department for film and television. His credits include Afternoon Delight (2013), Drunk History (2016), Frankenstein (2015) and Grease Live (2015). He believes that everything we own has a story, and gathering and reconstructing these artifacts enriches the storytelling process as much as the words on the page do.

MARISSA BERGMAN ― ART DIRECTOR
Marissa is an LA based prop master, fabricator, shopper and set decorator from Las Vegas, NV. She graduated from Wheaton College, MA and then propped, fabricated, shopped and decorated for Broadway and off-Broadway theater is New York (Rocky: The Musical, If/Then, Kinky Boots, Bridges of Madison County, Bad Jews, Tribes).

​In 2014, Marissa moved to Los Angeles to do the same thing for both theater and film (Amelie: The Musical, Grey Gardens, Bent, The Fantasticks, Casa Valentina, Merrily We Roll Along, The Fosters). She often finds herself working on stage musicals, music videos and indie film projects. Ask her about the weirdest SFX prop she has ever made: the answer changes on a daily basis.



Krzysztof, an introverted 10 year old, faces his father's decision to hide a Jewish boy from a nearby village in the family's house. As the new boy prompts the father's attention, Krzysztof develops a flammable jealousy towards the other boy which reaches a dangerous peak and leads him to an irreversible act.


Muriel Naim on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Kristin Cercado..

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH MURIEL NAIM
JOURNALIST: KRISTIN CERCADO
LOCATION: HOLLYSHORTS, THE CHINESE THEATER, HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 9TH - 18TH
INTERVIEW: AUGUST 17, 2018


Video/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros). Audio: Edward Chung.

ABOUT HOLLYSHORTS
HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.
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HollyShorts - Echoes in the Ice - BJ Verot Interview Part Two



Photo Credit: JBN Media

BJ Verot is the creative producer behind Strata Studios, writing, producing and directing is his specialty. BJ can creatively tell any story. Bj Verot is known for his work on Echoes in the Ice (2017), Flashkick (2016) and The Divide (2011).
        


Photo Credit: Jenna Anderson

ABOUT THE CASTAdam Hurtig ― David
Adam Hurtig is known for his work on Cult of Chucky (2017), Trench 11 (2017) and Supernatural (2005).

Stephen Eric McIntyre ― Gareth
Stephen Eric McIntyre is an actor, known for The Lookout (2007), Cashing In (2009) and High Life (2009).

Aidan Ritchie ― Nick
Aidan Ritchie is an actor and director, known for Dark Corners (2013), How It Ends (2018) and A Ghost Story (2015).

Jeff Strome ― Mark
Jeff Strome is known for his work on Goon (2011), Bravetown (2015) and Siberia (2018).

Darcy Fehr ― Hennigan
Darcy Fehr made his onscreen acting debut in Guy Maddin's The Cock Crew (1997) and has performed in over 60 productions in film, television and live theatre since. Recent television and film credits include, Before Anything You Say (2016), Juliana and the Medicine Fish (2016) and Considering Love and Other Magic (2016). Beginning his career as a stage actor, Darcy returned to the theatre over the last few years receiving critical praise for his performance as "George" in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2014) and playing "Rupert Cadell" in a stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's Rope (2013). In 2014, Fehr won the ACTRA MB best actor award for his performance in Euphoria (2013) and in 2012 he was nominated for the ACTRA MB best actor award for his work in Passionflower (2011). Over the span of his career, he has worked numerous times with Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, most recently in the critically acclaimed feature film, Forbidden Room (2015).


Four men explore an abandoned research facility. Within the station unsettling signs of disorder are revealed, and in the lowest level of the facility, a chilling discovery is made.


ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Brad Crawford ― Executive Producer
Brad Crawford is known for his work on Echoes in the Ice (2017), Loss of Contact (2015) and Flashkick (2016).

Andrew Degryse ― Executive Producer
Andrew Degryse is known for his work on Grudge (2019), Siberia (2018) and I Still See You (2018).

Nina Reed ― Producer
Nina Reed is an actress and producer, known for Nervous Poo (2015), Mimecraft (2012) and The Goods (2012).

BJ Verot ― Executive Producer
BJ Verot is the creative producer behind Strata Studios, writing, producing and directing is his specialty. BJ can creatively tell any story. Bj Verot is known for his work on Echoes in the Ice (2017), Flashkick (2016) and The Divide (2011).


BJ Verot on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Americo Galli.

BJ Verot on the Red Carpet at HollyShorts.

STRATA STUDIOS TELEVISION AND FILM
Strata Studios specializes in Narrative and Documentary filmmaking. With several feature films under their belt and a myriad of short film projects completed we are confident in our ability to capture the visual style and tell the story you're after.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH BJ VEROT
JOURNALIST: RACHEL LITFIN

LOCATION: HOLLYSHORTS, THE CHINESE THEATER, HOLLYWOOD, CA 
― AUGUST 9TH - 18TH
INTERVIEW: AUGUST 12, 2018

Video: Erik Werlin. Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros), Audio: Edward Chung

ABOUT HOLLYSHORTS
HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Deb Caletti Author Interview


Photo Credit: © Susan Doupé

Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include The Nature of Jade, Stay, The Last Forever, Essential Maps for the Lost, and Honey, Baby Sweetheart, winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the California Young Reader Medal and the PEN USA Award. Her books for adults include He’s Gone, The Secrets She Keeps, and her most recent release, What’s Become of Her.

Deb grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and now lives with her family in Seattle.

        



Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (September 18, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481415204
ISBN-13: 978-1481415200


Praise for A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD

“Masterful… This is one for the ages.” Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

“Caletti’s novel dazzlingly maps the mind-blowing ferocity and endurance of an athlete who uses her physical body to stake claim to the respect of the nation.” E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of Genuine Fraud and We Were Liars

“More than bittersweet… It will nestle inside your brain as well as your heart.” Jodi Lynn Anderson, award-winning author of Midnight at the Electric

“Remarkable.” Booklist, starred review

“A timely novel.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Powerful.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A moving novel centered on timely issues.” School Library Journal
  


When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
I realized this very early. I started writing stories in the second grade. But I got serious about writing after my two kids were born. I made a vow to get serious and get down to work. I didn’t want to end up saying, “I always wanted to be a writer…”

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book?
SO MANY this time! This is the book I wrote with teeth-gritted determination, because: our basement flooded (twice). Our water mains had to be repaired, so workmen were here for weeks. I got meningitis. Our oven broke (more repair guys). A new water heater (repair guy). We decided to get hardwood floors (utter upheaval, and more guys in the house). Added to that, a few more annoying health challenges and sad personal events. But, I turned it in ON TIME. (Insert victory whoop here.)

Has reading a book ever changed your life? Which one and why, if yes?
So many. More importantly, books collectively have done that. They brought me to the life I have now. Reading has saved me in a million ways over the years. Books have been my refuge and my guides. My way out, and my way in.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Again – so many, since I’ve been doing this for a while now. The letters I get are always some of my most rewarding moments, though. When a reader says that a book of mine helped them feel understood, or led them to make a change in their life, or brought them joy, or moved them to tears… I’m just overcome.

In your new book; A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it.
In A Heart in a Body in the World, an anguished Annabelle Agnelli begins to run from Seattle to Washington D.C. after an unspeakable tragedy. Followed by her old Italian grandpa in his RV, and backed by her little brother and two friends, Annabelle’s personal trauma transforms into activism with each mile. It’s a story of resilience. And it’s a story of teens who mobilize in the midst of profound grief, one that became unfortunately even timelier when Florida students - and students across the nation - recently did just that. It also explores other timely issues – toxic masculinity and its links to violence. How women of all ages are told we are responsible for how we make men feel and what we make men do. What it feels like to be a girl in our world.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating your characters?
I’m not a big believer in the “my characters surprised me” idea, since I’m the master of my writing ship. But my readers will get an unexpected surprise about one of my characters in A Heart in a Body in the World. If you are a regular reader of my novels, you will finally, finally discover the identity of the mysterious Captain Ed, whose RV can be spotted in some location in nearly every one of my books.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?

I still have a lot on my mind about the power dynamics between males and females (of all ages!) in our society, so expect to see a novel or two that explores this issue from different angles. Also – surprise! I have a secret middle-grade novel that will be coming out next year.

If you could live in any period in history, when would it be?
1920’s Paris, when all the writers were hanging out there.

If you had to go back in time and change one thing, if you HAD to, even if you had “no regrets” what would it be?
Going back in time, I would give myself more insight and information about how our past – our upbringing, our childhood experiences, our family history, etc., etc. - affects our future. This would have allowed me to make better and healthier decisions, and to make necessary changes with more decisiveness, thoughtfulness, and courage.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
When I was in kindergarten, my teacher read Ramona the Pest aloud to us, and I felt understood. It opened the doorway to the world of books, and this has been my world from then on.


When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run?

So that’s what Annabelle does—she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how—muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person—The Taker—that haunts her.

Followed by Grandpa Ed in his RV and backed by her brother and two friends (her self-appointed publicity team), Annabelle becomes a reluctant activist as people connect her journey to the trauma from her past. Her cross-country run gains media attention and she is cheered on as she crosses state borders, and is even thrown a block party and given gifts. The support would be nice, if Annabelle could escape the guilt and the shame from what happened back home. They say it isn’t her fault, but she can’t feel the truth of that.

Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keeps running, to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face what lies behind her—the miles and love and loss…and what is to come.


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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you DEB CALETTI AND SIMON PULSE for making this giveaway possible.
5 Winners will receive a Copy of A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD by Deb Caletti..
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