Winning Short Story: LOST LOVE by Catherine Hammer

Watch the May 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

LOST LOVE by Catherine Hammer

Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

Get to know writer Catherine Hammer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

My 1 page story is about life lessons whether they teach us, or someone else learns from our mistakes.

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

My 1 page story genre is a drama.

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

Never procrastinate.

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

The movie I have seen most is The Wizard of Oz. That may seem odd to some, but I am obsessed with that movie and have been since I was a little girl. It was the start of change in movies. It was not only immensely visually stimulating for its time, but it has a lesson that will never expire.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

To tell the truth, this story came from mind to paper in half an hour.

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

I have no favorite novels, or books in general. To me all books are amazing. Some may not be your own type, but they are someone else’s. I can find good in almost anything I read. One thing about books is I love the smell, the feel and the feeling of turning pages to get to the end. I will never be a book nook person.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I am big into life lessons and my goal is to write on my own experiences in life, which have been many, or something that tugs at my heart. Whatever proceeds I would make from writing I would donate heavily to a charity that coincides with the story told.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

L Frank Baum.

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

Charity, giving back and hopefully one day if I do well enough, philanthropy.

10. What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

It’s my start into what I love to do.

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

The only thing I would say is when you think of something, write it down immediately before you forget it. I have spent hours upon hours on my iphone at night, in bed. As an insomniac a lot of my stuff comes while I am trying to fall asleep and my mind is just wandering around. I don’t want to forget something by the next morning. Even things you think might be stupid, if it came to you then write it down. In the morning you may not like it, or love it, or find it is perfect by just adding, or subtracting, or changing words around.

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