Matthew Toffolo: What is your story about?
Dossie H. Terrell: Clare could never reconcile the habitually dirty, disorderly lifestyle of Glenn, her morbidly obese spouse, with her puritanical sensibilities. To that end, she finally reached her coping limits. She wants out but, in the meantime, takes pleasure in tormenting him and waiting for what she presumes will be his imminent demise. Her personal ambitions, as she imagined them to be, can be achieved.
2. What genres would you say this story is in?
3. How would you describe this story in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)
6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?
Pride and Prejudice
7. What motivated you to write this story?
It’s an amalgamation of relationship types I witnessed in my career in social service, among my family and my friends. I discovered t lack of constructive communication, a failure to see each other’s points of view and a disregard for warning signs, denoting trouble ahead, were leading causes of breakups.
8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?
9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Getting to know Jesus more intimately and taking His message of Grace to whomever and wherever it leads.
10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?
I needed a confidence booster. Winning the right to have my work read by a Novel Writing Festival professional not only gave me a delightful boost, it also provided a renewed inspiration to keep writing.
11. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Keep writing even on those days you can’t dream up a single original idea. When that happens, picture yourself, beyond your moments of mental inertia, in an idyllic place where you are both creative and prolific. Imagine writing your best-seller. If you find this mind shift, or change in focus, successful go there often, even when your muse returns.
Performed by Val Cole