Short Story: TROUBLE, by Townsend Walker

Performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

The fashion in which a beautiful woman with a rich husband twists a besotted detective to her will, even as he solves the murder.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Detective, Noir

How would you describe this story in two words?

Woman wins

What movie have you seen the most in your life?


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

Je chante avec toi liberté

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia

What motivated you to write this story?

I was living in Rome and had become somewhat familiar with Italian, so decided to try a detective story. The first lines were: “Mi ciamo Nero, Gianni Nero. Sono investigatore privato.” I got five pages into the story before my language ability broke down.

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

Amelia Earhart

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I do like to ski

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I once had four of my stories performed in Hollywood. I was awed by what talented performers could do with my words and inspired to continue.

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

Don’t settle down into one style or genre quickly. Try them all.

Be particularly sensitive to the voice of your story.

Both rejection and acceptance are random. But the quality of your writing is not.


Producer: Matthew Toffol –

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

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