Interview with Novelist Chris Edmonds (My Life in Black and White)

Chris Edmonds tripped over the film business by working for six months on a movie. He’s been an Assistant Director in film and TV ever since. During that time he’s worked on some great scripts like ‘Memento’ and ‘American Beauty’ and some not so great ones! With over forty productions under his belt, he started writing his own scripts with some encouraging responses but no checks so he tried turning one of them into a novel. People liked ‘My Life in Black and White’ but, more importantly, he had so much fun doing it I decided to write and publish a second book called ‘Hunting Cat Face’. ‘The Paynes of Heritage’ was his third novel and the ‘Dancing Seers’ is the sequel. In between working freelance in the entertainment industry and writing, I still find time to teach a postgraduate course in Film and TV Production as a part-time faculty member for Columbia College.

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thepaynesofheritage.jpgInterview with Chris Edmonds:

Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?

Chris Edmonds: My work is broad-based. ‘My Life in Black and White’ is a paranormal story, ‘Hunting Cat Face’ is a suspense thriller, ‘The Paynes of Heritage’ is a YA fantasy, and ‘The Dancing Seers’ is its sequel.

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

CE: Because I’m a different sort of writer. I’ve led an adventurous life and although my stories are works of fiction, they reflect real-life situations that I’ve experienced.

MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?

CE: Exciting, thoughtful.

MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?

CE: ‘Blade Runner.’

MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?

CE: Not vaguely. I was too busy roaming the world and living an exciting life to write. Then I started working in the film business and wrote a few scripts, which eventually became books.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?

CE: ‘The Stonor Eagles’ by William Horwood. I’ve read it dozens of times.

MT: What motivates you to write?

CE: I have countless stories swirling around in my head so I write them down that’s all. Fortunately, other people seem to like reading them.

MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?

CE: That’s a tough one. I’m English and few Brits see eating as a social event. (If you’ve ever eaten English food you’d know why!) But if I have to answer I’d say Albert Einstein. I know, I know but he was a great artist too and played the violin superbly.

MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

CE: My wife Michelle, my dog Henry and, having taught biology in Kenya, I’m outraged by the poaching of African wildlife.

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

CE: Yes – don’t even try to tell stories until you have stories to tell. The best way to come by those is to fill your life with stuff worth doing.


Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

By writingfest

Monthly Festival showcasing the best of new novels from around the world. Novel transcripts get performed by professional actors. OR, we also turn novels into movies and seen by 1000s online and at various film festivals.

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