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 Wilson Jackson (DO MY EYES DECEIVE ME)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short story about?

A young man abducted by aliens.

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

Science Fiction

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

Mind boggling

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

I can’t really say, but I own and never miss ENTER THE DRAGON. Big Bruce Lee fan

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

Don’t have a favorite song, A CHANGE IS GOING TO COME by Sam Cooke because to me it’s telling bad times don’t last forever.

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

No, but the one that inspired me to write SAPO by Robert Beatty

7. What motivated you to write this story?

It was a site that challenges you to pick a unique topic to write about.

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

Jennifer Beals and Jane Russell

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

Collecting and reading comics and retro toys

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

You dream as a writer to see your words come to life on the screen

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

I’d rather try and fail than fail to try. Never stop writing despite rejections and write what you are passionate about. Don’t let anyone tell you what to write. Believe in yourself.

Watch Story Reading: 

Performed by Kat Smiley

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Interview with Writer Pat Jourdan (DECEMBER)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your story about?

Pat Jourdan : The story is about the secret lives of holiday towns once summer visitors have left.

What genre?

It is in a plain literary genre.

Describe it in two words

Season’s end.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

Great Expectations (David Lean version)

What is your favorite song?

A Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harum)

Do you have an all-time favourite novel?

Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathaniel West

What motivated you to write this story?

Noticing the changes in the last weeks of Sepember.

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

Emily Bronte

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am an artist, usually painting in oils

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

Testing if it worked in another medium, and through the voice of someone else.

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

Get a big (real book, with pages) dictionary and read it, discover more words. Read as many books as possible. Books you don’t like are just as valuable, as they are teaching you what works and what does not. Always have biro & paper or other means to jot something down as it occurs to you -writing is not some ‘grand’ occupation at a desk!

 

Synopsis: A café closes for the winter and the waitress re-invents herself.

Performed by Esther Thibault

Interview with Writer Diane Elliott (Remembering Momma)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your short story about?

Diane Elliott: A failed mother/daughter relationship

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

General fiction

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

Hauntingly powerful

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

I’ve never seem any movie more than once

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

Classical Music—never interested in pop

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

Anna Karenina

7. What motivated you to write this story?

The need for resolution with my relationship with my mother.

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

President Lincoln.

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

Gardening

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

My theater background

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

Write about the subjects that build on your inner passion

 

Performed by Esther Thibault

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Interview with Writer James Stack (The Wycliffe Six)

 July 2018 Winning Short Story Writer.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your story about?

James Stack: A sophomore in college discovers who his friends truly are, and that the bigotry he’s been taught is wrong.

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

Young Adult, Coming of Age, Mystery, Historical

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

Betrayal & Bigotry

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

The BBC series: Pride & Prejudice. If that doesn’t qualify, it would have to be The Wizard of Oz since it played every year during my childhood.

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

“Let It Be!”

7. What motivated you to write this story?

It is based on a true story in which I was a participant.

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

Plutarch

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

Theatre; my dog, Ollie; my husband, Ron – not necessarily in that order, but maybe.

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

I thought it might be fun to hear someone read it.

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

Write every day – read every evening – or vice versa, whichever suits you so long as you do both every day.
 

 

by James Stack

@SkygateStack

Narrator: Kate Fenton

Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.