Matthew Toffolo: What gave you the idea to write this very short story?
Joni Holderman: There was no idea! This is a shorter version of a story I created as a freewriting exercise in a fiction writing class. The freewriting prompt was “I remember.” It was the weirdest writing experience of my life. Usually I start with a clear idea of the plot. In this case, I had no concept of where the story was going. I simply thought of one line at a time. As I completed each one the next line came to me like it was falling out of the sky.
2) How many stories/screenplays have you written?
Dozens of stories and I’m currently writing a wacky novel called Surfside Beach.
3) What movie have you watched the most times in your life?
Star Trek (2009) for the brilliant writing of the characters’ backstories, Fracture for great storytelling and sleight-of-hand, Brokeback Mountain for excellence in acting, Walk the Line for Dallas Roberts’ brilliant “Bring it home” soliloquy written by James Mangold and Crash for making a story out of an ensemble.
Really they’re just all excellent writing in very different ways.
4) What’s your favorite thing about twitter? What’s your least favorite thing about twitter?
This is heresy but I don’t really use Twitter that much. I’m more of a LinkedIn kinda gal in my day job as a resume writer and owner of Thrive! Resumes.
5) Who would you really like to have dinner with? (dead or alive)
Toni Morrison, Emma Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Sam Rockwell, Michael Chabon and Rebel Wilson.
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PTSD: I Remember, by © Joni Holderman
I see crimson blood on the snow,
smell the acrid smoke of burning flesh,
hear voices pleading in Pashto,
but they tell me we were never there.