Short Story Movie: Flatulent Fred, by Bill Lawrence

Watch Short Story made into a movie:

by Bill Lawrence

Narration by Becky Shrimpton

Editor & Visual Design by Carey Daiter

Produced by Matthew Toffolo

What is your short story about?

Supernatural vengeance against a corporate bully

What genres would you say this story is in?

Horror, business, computers

How would you describe this story in two words?

Supernatural vengeance

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

High Plains Drifter (That’s for real and I never thought about it until you asked that question. I like the spooky coincidence considering my last answer)

What is your favorite song?

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

Thunder Road (Springsteen)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

August 1914 by Solzhenitsyn. It’s been a long time since I read it though.

What motivated you to write this story?

Niece and nephew wanted a ghost story with a hint of childish humor.

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

Jesus. Of course, I have it every Sunday so no big deal.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Freedom

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

An email

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

Not until I have success.

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Count William, Short Story Reading by Tegon Maus

Watch the Winning 1pg. Short Story. Performed by Danielle Nicole

Watch COUNT WILLIAM:

Get to know writer Tegon Maus:

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

Tegon Maus: Perceptions…. People already have their minds made up about almost everything. You can give them 3 words and they will jump ahead because they think they know where the story is going… I like to make sure they don’t !!

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

TM: Humor

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

TM: Pleasantly unexpected

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

TM: It would be a toss-up between ID4 / Twister or 5th Element I have seen them all at least 9 times !

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

TM: A weekend

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

TM: Any of the Lensmen Series by E.E. Doc Smith

MT: What motivated you to write this story? 

TM: It was a Vampire story contest

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

TM: Jackson Pollock… I had read that in 1952 Jackson drank a six-pack of Coors beer and then filled the cans with different color paint… he then hung them with string over a blank canvas… poked a hole in the bottom of each with an ice pick and beat them wildly with a stick while listening to rock and roll ! The result is his now famous painting called Convergence that he sold to the Chicago Museum of Art for $68,000. Now that is a dinner conversation I would like to have !!

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

TM: I write, paint, sculpt, garden, wood work, and love to take naps !

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

Always looking for new readers.
 
MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?   

Only one ! Write whatever you want… not what’s popular. Just what YOU want to read… let everyone else follow you. Not the other way around.

Interview with Novelist Dianne Lynn Gardner (Altered)

With a passion for teens, Dianne Lynn Gardner dives into their world with her young adult fantasy novels. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mother of seven and grandmother of 16, Dianne wants to make sure that the teens she knows have wholesome and healthy books that ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor. Though she targets her stories for young adults, her books are enjoyed by all ages.

Dianne’s Ian’s Realm Saga is filled with magic and is an ongoing series with seven books in the works and one book in preproduction as a TV series. Her dystopia novel Altered has hit the best sellers chart and her underwater romance, Pouraka is sure to spark interest.

You can keep up to date with Dianne’s work by following her website at
http://www.gardnersart.com

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Interview with Dianne Lynn Gardner:

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

Dianne Lynn Gardner: Altered is a dystopia story that happens not too far in the future. I wanted to show a definite transition between the current world, and the future and the reaction of people when life as they know it changes drastically and tragically.

The story takes place in a little city in America near the Mexican border where a family has just learned that the government, now controlled by the Privitol, (once a company, now a governmental entity) is taking all the elementary school children and sending them to ‘boarding schools’. Abree (12) is separated from her mother and brother and is chosen as an ‘advanced’ child who will be going to a special school. She finds out later that her education will be given underground. She learns the science of genetically modifying seed. The crux of this modification is that the government creates food that will control the populace. There are foods that make people complacent, foods that makes people grow large and strong and they become the army and Enforcers, food that enhance intelligence etc and the Privitol decides who gets what – hence they maintain complete control. The inhumane manipulation of people alarms the young folk and Abree, with her friends, strive to save her mother, her brother (who is working from the outside for the same cause) and the rest of humanity.

The story interweaves with Hopi legend. I spent many years near the Hopi reservation in Arizona and found their legends inspiring. In this story it’s a little Hopi boy who hangs on to the tradition of his people that holds the key to survival.

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

DLG: My novels are action packed, and the characters are real. They make unusual circumstances real, touch base with current affairs and are thought provoking.

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

DLG: Adventure fantasy

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

DLG: Ever After

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

DLG: Yes. I used to write a lot of poetry when I was younger. Having seven children put the pen away for awhile but now that my children are grown I am able to fill that dream of writing novels.

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

DLG: I’ve read C.S. Lewis’ series over several times. I read Black Beauty many many times when I was younger.

MT: What motivates you to write?

DLG: The story itself motivates me. I have recently been immersed in writing historical fantasy novels. The bits of history they are inspired from have filled me with compassion, close to tears even, and that motivates me to somehow create a better world, even if its a fantastical one, for the people who suffered in those events.

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

DLG: I would love to have dinner with Michael Hauge. I would love to talk to him in person about story telling and to show him one of my books and see what he thought.

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

DLG: Nature. I am a tree hugger. I love to be in the woods, by the sea, in the desert and you’ll see that most all of my books have vivid descriptions of the environment. I also am an oil painter, and I love music.

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

DLG: Study. Read, learn. Never think you know it all because we never do. Write and rewrite. Rewriting is the most fun I think because that’s when you get to really explore your characters, their environment, and the storyline.

 

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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 http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Novelist Edward J. Rathke (Noir: A Love Story)

Edward J. Rathke wrote Ash Cinema (2012), Twilight of the Wolves (2014), and Noir: A Love Story (2014). More of his life and words can be found at www.edwardjrathke.com.

Links to novels:

Ash Cinema: http://www.amazon.com/Ash-Cinema-edward-j-rathke/dp/0615626041/ref=la_B00I7TS39G_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459871783&sr=1-3

Twilight of the Wolves: http://www.amazon.com/Twilight-Wolves-Edward-J-Rathke-ebook/dp/B00IIWM76C/ref=la_B00I7TS39G_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459871783&sr=1-1

Noir: A Love Story: http://www.amazon.com/Noir-Story-Edward-J-Rathke/dp/1937865304/ref=la_B00I7TS39G_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459871783&sr=1-4

Interview with Edward J. Rathke:

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

Edward J. Rathke: Ha, not sure I’m the best suited to answer this questions since I’m the person who wrote them. Probably readers of the novels would have more to say about this than I would, but I’ll try to answer the best I can.

My novels aim for several different registers, which means they’re aiming at different tones at different times and are thematically complex, or contain several different themes.

To me, all my novels are about hope, even when things are at their darkest. Since my published novels contain a lot of darkness in them, including everything from suicide to the effects of imperialism, the hope is rarely on the surface, and is often more about personal forms of hope. Finding beauty in tragedy. Hope through despair and calamity. So the tone is generally dark and emotional, but ultimately hopeful and beautiful.

The themes really do range quite a bit, so I’ll break it down by title.

Ash Cinema: Death and love, creativity and convention.

Twilight of the Wolves: Imperialism, racism, war, pacifism, mythology, culture, civilization, choice, love, and what it means to be human.

Noir: A Love Story: Suicide, death, mythology, culture, culture, love, hope, perception, perspective, and how we define people and the world around us.

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

EJR: There’s certainly no reason why you should do anything I say, but I’ll try to pitch my novels the best I can!

Buy my novels if you want familiar genres taken in unconventional ways. Novels that are structurally complex and emotionally resonant. Novels with big concepts but grounded characters. If you’re looking for a fresh take on epic fantasy, Twilight of the Wolves may be just what you’ve been looking for. If you’re tired of the same old detective narrative, Noir: A Love Story may be exactly what you’ve always looked for.

If you like your books surreal, full of invented mythologies that question what it means to be human, to love, to die, then you may want to check out my novels.

If you’re looking for straightforward books that offer easy answers to the questions it brings up, you may want to avoid my books.

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

EJR: Sentimental surrealism.

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

EJR: In the Mood for Love and 2046 by Wong Kar Wai are the two movies I’ve seen the most. I list them together because I almost always watch them together. I used to watch them a few times a year. I’ve probably seen them about fifteen times and just keep coming back.

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

EJR: Not really dreamt of doing, but just always knew I would write novels. I didn’t really think about it. I still don’t even really think about it or use it as a way to identify myself, but I’ll likely keep doing it for the rest of my life.

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

EJR: This is always a difficult question, yeah?

All time favorites would be Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Ledfeather by Stephen Graham Jones. I’ve read both of those four times.

But Crime and Punishment changed my life, and I mean that in a very direct and transformative way. I first read it as an assignment for class in high school. We were meant to read a few chapters a week for the following two months. I ended up reading it the first time within about two days. I couldn’t put it down, couldn’t stop crying into the pages, couldn’t stop underlining passages. My copy of that has probably 75% of the book underlined, which made it completely useless as a studyguide, but I think it showed how powerful this was for me. Right after I finished it, I went back to page one and read it again. I read it twice in that first week but have only read it twice more since then. I’m afraid of it, truthfully. Afraid it’ll break me down the way it did the first time. Break me down and reconstruct the way I see the world. Reconstruct the person I am and make me someone new, the way it did all those years ago.

MT: What motivates you to write?

EJR: It’s fun? That’s not a particularly interesting answer, I suppose, but I get great enjoyment from writing, from inventing new words, new ways to see familiar stories. That’s always been the reason for writing. But I guess it’s also how I make sense of the world.

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

EJR: Wong Kar Wai or Terrence Malick, though I imagine talking to Terrence Malick wouldn’t be as interesting or fun as his films are. So probably Wong Kar Wai.

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

EJR: So many things! Politics is kind of an unfortunate addiction for me and so I find myself knee deep in political discussions pretty often, especially with regard to social justice, environmentalism, and imperialism. But the more enjoyable hobbies would be history, mythology, drawing, animation, film, beer, travel, teaching, dancing, singing, and knives.

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

EJR: Live loudly. Be kind. Seek experience. Listen to people. Find enjoyment in the world, in people. Talk to people. Ride the bus. Go to new countries. Talk to people from diverse backgrounds.

 

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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 http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Novelist Rick Bava (In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation)

Rick Bava was born in Chicago on December 18, 1955, and was raised in the Chicago area. Rick went to the University of Wisconsin, at the age of 16, on a tennis scholarship. While studying at UW, he advanced to play tennis on a professional level and later became successful teaching tennis. Rick also had a radio commentary and newspaper column, both titled “Tennis Tips,” and was honored at a very young age to be a member of the PENN Advisory staff.

Rick Bava’s novel “In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation,” is an intriguing look at one of the most interesting generations in American history. Rick Bava traveled the country for two years seeking the thoughts, opinions, and ideas of Baby Boomers from all walks of life and socioeconomic classes to create this inspiring commentary about the Baby Boomer Generation. The author, himself a Baby Boomer, brings his own unique experience to the book, as well as capturing the stories and perspectives of the hundreds of Baby Boomers he interviewed.

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Interview with Rick Bava:

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

Rick Bava: It is a book for Baby Boomers written by a Baby Boomer. I traveled the country for two years interviewing hundreds of Baby Boomers, and that is the basis of the content. The book covers subject matter that shaes -where Baby Boomers have been, what issues they face now, and the path forward in the future– for Baby Boomers…

MT: Why should people buy your book?

RB: The book is a peer to peer book, thus other Baby Boomers can learn from others of their age and stage, as they evaluate their own lives from the prism of other Baby Boomers…

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

RB: retro and informational

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

RB: “HOOSIERS”—I love the redemption characteristics of the character played by Gene Hackman

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

RB: No—but I thought I could make a contribution of telling the story of the Baby Boomer Generation, through the eyes of my own experiences–and that of other Baby Boomers…

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

RB: My favorite book is—“The Great Gatsby,” by F.Scott Fitzgerald

MT: What motivates you to write?

RB: I love to observe–and then communicate about what i see and how it will contribute to the Baby Boomer Genearation…

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

RB: Van Gogh—would have been interesting–Baby Boomers find his work illuminating…

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

RB: I love sports–I was a tennis player in my youth—and I especially love to go to Baseball games…

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

RB: Write because you love to express your self–and communicate…

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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 http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Novelist Clint Thurmon (Superi World)

superi_rebornLearn more about Superi World and BUY the BOOKS:

Interview with Clint Thurmon:

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

Clint Thurmon : Young adult action and love. But mostly an introduction into the planet.

MT: Why should people buy your novels?

CT: To escape earth or the reality of their lives. The superi series offers an adventure unlike any other since it is based on Superi. I created every aspect of the planet and it’s rules, I offer you a chance to escape to a world abilities and strengths unlike everywhere else.

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

CT: Escapade Abyss

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

CT: Boondock Saints

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

CT: No never. I only started writing to give my ADHD something to do or more accurately focus on.

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

CT: Not really. There are things I love about many books but no one stands out.

MT: Have you read a novel more than once?

CT: The Giver

MT: What motivates you to write?

CT: The love of telling the story. I write to make the voices in my head lessen 🙂

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

CT: Leonardo Da Vinci

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

CT: My kids / martial arts

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

CT: Don’t stop. Remember there are too many ways to outsource something your not good at. If you can’t do something then find the right person for that job.

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Clint Thurmon Bio – I am a married father of 6 children that works in the high voltage field all around the USA. I weight train for strength and fight in Muy Thai for my relaxation. I have always been in one type of martial arts in one way or another, whether it was an actual dojo or simply learning with friends, trying different moves or learning new tactics. I’m a native Texan that has moved a lot over the years chasing the all mighty dollar. J Lived many places but we are back in TX now and hopefully will stay here.

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 http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Novelist Bev Stout (Secrets of the Realm)

Secrets of The Realm can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Realm-Bev-Stout/dp/1484832280/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
secrets_of_the_realm.jpgInterview with Bev Stout:

Q.What is the general theme and tone of “Secrets of the Realm“?  

A. The main theme is survival and being true to oneself, even in the worst of circumstances. The tone is more uplifting than dark. 

Q.Why should people buy your novel?  

A. It will transport you into a not-so-gentle world of tall ships and fine manor homes. The cast of characters will keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat. Secrets of the Realm is an adventurous tale of Annie Moore, a stubborn eighteenth century girl, who is blamed for her uncle’s death. This fifteen-year-old will make you laugh. She will make you cry. Sometimes, she will even make you angry, but you will never give up on Annie and her quest for a better life. 

Q.How would you describe your novel in just two words?

A. Daring Journey

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

A. The Sixth Sense

Q.Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?  

A. I never dreamed I would one day become an author. Annie’s story had played out in my head for many years before I finally put it down on paper. Originally, it was intended only for my family, but it took on a life of its own, being read on five continents and in over fifteen countries.

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

A. It is a toss up between To Kill a Mockingbird and The Human Comedy. I read The Human Comedy first as a child, then as a teenager, and as an adult. I got something new from it each time I read it. 

Q.What motivates you to write? 

A. Nothing in particular motivates me to write. A story simply pops into my head, and I need to write it down. I’m putting the finishing touches on My Name is Nissa, a contemporary adult fantasy. I’m also finishing up Return of the Realm, the sequel to Secrets of the Realm.

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

A. Van Gogh. I would like to know more about his life, the people in his paintings, and when he fell into the abyss of mental illness. I would also love to know how he feels about becoming famous after he died, and what he thinks of the exorbitant prices his paintings have gone for at auction.

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

A. Tennis is one of my biggest passions. I have played since a young child. As an adult, I have played in tournaments. It is a sport I continue to enjoy with family and friends. My greatest passion, though, is just spending time with my family.. 

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

A. Write what you are interested in. Push forward each day. Don’t stop writing until you get to the end.  Once it is finished, you can go back and edit, and do more research if needed. Write for your own enjoyment. Being published is a bonus, but doesn’t need to be the end goal. But if you want to be published, I suggest getting into a critique group. I did. It was quite helpful.

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NOVELIST BIO: I grew up in San Leandro, a city across the bay from San Francisco. I have always enjoyed being by the water, whether it is a lake or the ocean. One of my fondest memories is clam digging with my family at Pismo Beach when I was about ten years old. I remember the cold surf rushing around my legs and the sand squishing between my toes. Now, I enjoy visiting the seaside town of Cambria, California, where I can explore the tide pools, kayak, and whale watch. It is a slower paced way of life.

I was eighteen when I married the love of my life, a young sailor named Dick. He went up the ranks to later become a lieutenant in the Navy.

We have lived in California, Colorado, and now in beautiful Arizona. We have two children and six grandchildren. 

I have had various jobs, including working for IBM, being a dental assistant, and teaching piano. I have always enjoyed working with young people, and am currently involved in a Christian outreach program for children, ages 4-13, on Saturday mornings. Also, I volunteer in my granddaughter’s third grade classroom once a week.

I like taking our rescue dog, Milly, for walks around the lake near our home. She came into our lives shortly after our beloved Thunder, a golden retriever, died. Milly was one wild dog when we first got her. She would slide across the dining room table chasing our cat, Jasmine. After obedience classes, she has become a calm and well-mannered dog. I cannot imagine not having a dog or cat in my life. A number of our dogs and cats were rescues.

Reading has always been an important part of my life. My mother encouraged me to read at an early age. My favorite gifts as a child were books she gave me. I read everything I could get my hands on–fiction, history, science, even the encyclopedia.

Now, excuse me while I get back to my writing.
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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 http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.