Short Stories by Barry Brennessel

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Readings.

7 Stories by Barry Brennessel. Performed by Kaleb Alexander, Erynn Brook, Val Cole.

Watch the 7 Stories: 

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

All seven stories (EGG BOY, HIDOI, HIBAKUSHA, IN UNISON, OLD SOUL, SACRIFICE, SNOW MONSTERS) are snapshots of people struggling at various points in Japanese history.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama. These are people fighting with emotional, financial, personal, and physical stress.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Life’s challenging.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I would have to say the record goes to “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

How long have you been working on this story?

Each of the seven stories took about 3 weeks to write and polish.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Death in Venice

What motivated you to write this story?

I like to write about places and periods of time that aren’t widely explored.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Meryl Streep.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, film & TV, travel, wine, and gardening.

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

I can’t resist a challenge.

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

It’s often said, but so true: Read, read, read; write, write, write; turn off the inner critic when writing, but turn it on when editing.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Sept. 2016 Winner: Novel Transcript of HEARING THOUGHTS by Anthony Diffley

Watch the September 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

Performed by Kaleb Alexander

Novel Transcript of  HEARING THOUGHTS  by Anthony Diffley

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your novel about?

My novel is about a young New York city man who aquires the ability to hear other peoples after he mysteriously disappears from his friends, while on a camping trip. He does not know how to properly use this talent at first but when approached by the CIA, questioning about his disappearance, and having lost his wife on 9/11, it doesn’t take him long to know what to do with it.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Science Fiction, Action Adventure

How would you describe this story in two words?

“Thought Provocative”

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

4) Most Watched Movie: Without a doubt- “The Godfather”

How long have you been working on this novel?

Prior to it being published in 2015, I worked on writing the manuscript, for my novel, in one year but had been working on the story for over five years. I wrote out the original story as a plot for a movie but when I showed it to a professional screenwriter, he suggested I rewrite it as a novel because he felt the story was too complicated to be written within the industry standard, one hundred and twenty page screenplay. He did love the plot though.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

What motivated you to write this story?

Two things- First, the story of Betty and Barney Hill. Second, the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Robert DeNiro

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Hanging out with my children and family.

What influenced you to enter the novel contest?

Because I honestly believe I have written a very mind grabbing, thought compelling book.

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

Do not rush your work or feel compelled to finish quickly. Take your time and take serious breaks away from your writing. I got my best story ideas for my book right after spending one or two days away from it.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson