Interview with Writer Keith Brandon (I WAS THERE)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short story about?

Keith Brandon: A young girl re experiencing her past existence.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

Supernatural-thriller

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Frightening past.

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

SW and LOTR

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Nessun Dorma-Puccini, This song saved my life- Simple Plan

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Terry Godkind’s Sword of The Truth series, Asimov’s Foundation

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A friend of mine asked me to write to her for her acting

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Dead-Pavarotti, Live-Terry Goodkind

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

Quite a few things in life, but playing the violin most

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

It is always good to get your story promoted and exposed to broader audience

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

Keep on writing and use every opportunity promote yourself.

 

Watch the Short Story Reading:

Performed by Hannah Ehman

Interview with Writer Maureen Kellar-Kirby (Jiminy Cricket Has Jumped The Wicket)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short story about?

Maureen Kellar-Kirby: This story includes alleged communication from the spirit of Jimi Hendrix after a seance was held in 1972 (two years after he died) although it is only a part of the whole story which includes other material that has been condensed into a movie script. The communication is a poem called “The Marshmallow Box” and has been retitled “Jimmy Cricket Has Jumped the Wicket”. This material has been kept secret for 47 years and is now being made public – the motive being to reveal Jimi’s message – “Oh baby, no body ever dies and other mysteries of the afterlife. I will consider it being made into a movie, although the script itself tells more of the whole story.

2. What genres would you say this story is in?

This genres is Paranormal.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Spirit Communication

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

“Brother How Art Thou”.

5. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Belly Button Window – Jimi Hendrix

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Green Darkness

7. What motivated you to write this story?

It is time to tell this story and let Jimi’s fans decide for themselves what they think about it.

8. If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Jimi Hendrix of course – to dinner.

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

Passionate about – the paranormal and contact with the deceased, unsolved mysteries and music.

10. What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

My publisher mentioned this contest to me.

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

Publish now while you are here to tell the tale

Watch the Short Story Reading:

A woman, haunted by the events of a seance that took place two years after the death of Jimi Hendrix in 1972 is still not able to explain the contents of a poem, alleged supernatural communication from the rock star – until now, forty-seven years later.

Performed by Carina Cojeen

 

Interview with Writer Mike Arsuaga (Twitter Short Story)

Matthew Toffolo: What gave you the idea to write this very short story?

Mike Arsuaga : It’s two chapters from my novel COME FIND ME. The full-length novel is at https://www.iheartbookpublishing.com/come-find-me.html

2) How many stories/screenplays have you written?

Sixteen books published. Maybe six short stories. Two feature-length screenplays and a pilot for a TV series.

3) What movie have you watched the most times in your life?

Terminator, Lifeforce, Me Before You.

4) What’s your favorite thing about twitter? What’s your least favorite thing about twitter?

Favorite: Expanded character allowance. Least fave: Ad pop-ups.

5) Who would you really like to have dinner with? (dead or alive)

HG Wells

Watch Twitter Story:

Performed by Carina Cojeen

ABOUT WEENA by Mike Arsuaga

Another time traveler crosses eight hundred thousand years to discover that Weena survived the forest fire. She is the only Eloi patient enough to learn fire-making and defeat the Morlocks. World rebuilding isn’t so simple. He takes her home to get help.
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Interview with Writer Rick Danford (Twitter Short Story)

Matthew Toffolo: What gave you the idea to write this very short story?

Rick Danford: I’ve always been a big fan of Vampires and with just 240 characters, I thought this would be the easiest subject matter.

2) How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I’ve written well over 30 or 40 scripts and countless stories since i was a kid.


3) What movie have you watched the most times in your life?

Probably Shaun of the Dead. It seems every time i watch it i catch something new.

4) What’s your favorite thing about twitter? What’s your least favorite thing about twitter?

It’s convenient and everyone is on it.
The character limits.


5) Who would you really like to have dinner with? (dead or alive)

Steven Spielberg for sure.

Watch Twitter Short Story:

Performed by Carina Cojeen

CARPE NOCTEM by Rick Danford

With glazed eyes she tilts her head back. My razor sharp fangs find purchase in a throbbing vein just beneath the soft flesh of her neck. Ecstasy as her life force courses through my body and leaves her own. But she will be reborn. Another hungry soldier for my growing army of the night.

Interview with Writer Micki Hogan (Twitter Short Story)

Matthew Toffolo: What gave you the idea to write this very short story?

Micki Hogan: I have always enjoy short fiction. The idea of writing within the guidelines was intriguing.

2) How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have been writing fiction and poetry most of my life. I have works on Amazon and featured in magazines like Shadows and Light.

3) What movie have you watched the most times in your life?

Annie with Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnette with always be my favorite movie. I knew it so well I would preform reenactments in my living room as a child.

4) What’s your favorite thing about twitter? What’s your least favorite thing about twitter?

My favorite thing about Twitter is the ability to advocate and interact with fellow writers. My least favorite thing would be the harsh negativity often unleashed by fake accounts

5) Who would you really like to have dinner with? (dead or alive)

To dine with my husband in a quiet setting in peace without the eyes of others on us would be my ideal dinner. He suffers from Ankylosing Spondylitis and has a service dog. We do not get out as often as we should and when we do it is hard to just relax.

Watch Twitter Story:

Performed by Carina Cojeen

She was the Queen of Lava and Fire. She lived alone on her island. She felt isolated. She never knew love. He was the King of Water and Ice. He lived in a frozen land feeling seclusion. It took centuries for them to meet. It was her fire that drew him close. It melted his heart.

Interview with Writer Angela Brown (Twitter Short Story)

Matthew Toffolo: What gave you the idea to write this very short story?

Angela Brown : – #metoo

2) How many stories/screenplays have you written?

– I co-wrote a screenplay with a friend several years back. But we didn’t really know what to do with it so it languished. Had we known how to get it to the right people, EVERYDAY PEOPLE could’ve been a pretty good TV drama. I’ve written several stories, self-publishing a few and have a few pubiished by small presses. My fave is my Fable Ranger duology, Summons and Return. If I ever decided to take one of my stories and turn it into a TV or movie screenplay, Fable Ranger would be it. As a fairy tale mash up, it was a fun read and would make an enjoyable screen experience.

3) What movie have you watched the most times in your life?

– Oh goodness…The Color Purple, The Lion King…it would be hard to define.

4) What’s your favorite thing about twitter? What’s your least favorite thing about twitter?

– While I enjoy Twitter for it’s fun chance for banter, it is also a place where pretty meaningful messages can get loste in the “white noise” that is high-speed Twitter feed traffic.

5) Who would you really like to have dinner with? (dead or alive)

– Oprah Winfrey, beyond her pearls of wisdom, she seems like a cool person to sit and chat with, on the back patio, discussing whatever beneath a sky full of stars and dreams.

Watch Twitter Story:

Performed by Carina Cojeen

What We Find by Angela Brown

Twitter short: AJ hated visits from Uncle Tim. He was probably right that no one would believe her, so she never told. Her mother hunted down a strange noise late at night during his tenth visit (AJ counted) to their home, seeing AJ’s pain with her own eyes. He had a quick funeral a week later
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Interview with Writer Connie Wilson (Twitter Short Story)

Matthew Toffolo: What gave you the idea to write this very short story?

Connie Wilson: A close friend I was a cheerleader with in high school (6-girl squad) had “brain bleeds” that were addressed by the University of Iowa Hospitals. Everyone thought she was “okay.” She dropped dead in her front yard while mowing the grass. She had just gotten married.

2) How many stories/screenplays have you written?

I have 3 books of short stories entitled “Hellfire & Damnation,” (I, II and III, http://www.HellfireAndDamnationTheBook.com). I also have 3 paperback volumes of “Ghostly Tales of Route 66” and several e-book versions. (www.GhostlyTalesofRoute66.com). I have won 38 screenplay competitions since March, 2018, for a screenplay based on the first book in my 3-novel series THE COLOR OF EVIL. Prior to that, I had won a screenplay competition sponsored by Writer’s Digest.

3) What movie have you watched the most times in your life?

Hard to say, since I review film for http://www.TheMovieBlog.com and my own blog, http://www.WeeklyWilson.com. One that I’ve seen a lot is “Animal House” and a second one I periodically revisit is “Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” (Kubrick).

4) What’s your favorite thing about twitter? What’s your least favorite thing about twitter?

I don’t spend much time on Twitter. Recently, Twitter has been billing me $99 a month (April AND May) for Twitter Ads that I did not order and am not running. I tried to call them, but there is literally no way to reach them. I went to their “customer service” website and it was like a bad version of “Who’s on First.” I kept typing (all in capitals): QUIT BILLING ME $99 A MONTH FOR ADS I AM NOT RUNNING!!! The little bot would say, “I’m sorry. I don’t understand what you are trying to say. Could you please select one of these categories.” If I have the complete interaction, I’m going to copy it and paste it here. It is absolutely one of the most frustrating experiences I’ve ever had. I finally had to call my credit card company to make them stop billing me $99 for NOTHING on a monthly basis (so my advice is NOT to give Twitter access to your credit card numbers!

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WHY DID I GET ANOTHER BILL FOR $99!? STOP THIS. This bill came on Capital One now for May. REMOVE ME IMMEDIATELY FROM ANYTHING COSTING ME $99 monthly. Einnoc10@Aol.com
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I have not used any Twitter ads. I don’t know how or why these charges began. I WANT THEM TO STOP!!! Name: Connie_C_Wilson (Connie Corcoran Wilson). Please advise. I can’t get anyone by phone and you have now billed me $200 for something I don’t even know about on my Capital One Spark for Business account !!!!
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The abusive behavior has now cost me $99x 2 as you are BILLING me for something I never signed up for and AM NOT USING. 

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Performed by Carina Cojeen

Fate by Connie Wilson

The sound. Thudding. Pressure.
Blinding pain. She grabbed her head. Swayed. Fell.
Too late.
Heartbeat crescendoing. Mounting echo within her head.
“Sorry, Sir. Cerebral aneurysm. Nothing we could do.”
Dead at 21.
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