Winning Short Story: Together and Separate by Herb Schultz

One person died in this three-car crash. (KATU News photo)

Watch the May 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.


Story performed by actor Sean Kaufman

Get to know writer Herb Schultz:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Siamese twins resigned to lifelong existence in each others company unexpectedly separate after a car accident.

MT: What genres would you say this short story is in?

Black comedy, Noirish dramedy

MT: How would you describe this story in two words?

Siamese Untwinned

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


MT: How long have you been working on this story?

Published a novel called “Ronnie and Lennie” in 2009 from which this story was derived.

MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel?


MT: What motivated you to write this story?

Long-time fascination with the trials of living tethered permanently to another person.

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


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

Movies, music, driving fast

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

Seemed like a cool challenge to winnow down a story to an elemental level

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

Be wary of who you let read your rough drafts

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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