Where do you live (City, State, or Country)?
I live in the USA
Your script stood out among hundreds of others. What was the inspiration for your story and why did you write a script instead of a short story or a novel?
I was in a grad school screenwriting class but I was going through a very rough time. I had a fiance from Ireland who seemed like he was never ever going to come home due to my country’s strict immigration laws. I was at a breaking point mentally and emotionally and I was experiencing very dark thoughts. I chose to look to writing to explore two questions:“What if the worst thing happened to me?” and “How do I want my story to continue if it does?” and I explored it with a character who wanted to die and a character who chose to live forever and how they’d clash or play off one another and ultimately I chose, like my main character, to hold on. Even if the future is uncertain.
How long did it take you to write your script...and what is your writing process? Do you outline...use index cards...white board...or just start with FADE IN?
It took me about six weeks to write. It was more matter of rewriting a rough draft I just wrote within the first week. I usually have a strong sense of the story and how I want it to go, it’s more a matter of giving it shape and form.
What is your ultimate ambition as a writer?
I want to write stories or help others tell theirs as a living. I am a storyteller to my bones and I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Was your entry at The Wiki Screenplay Contest a full script or “the first ten pages”? Why did you make that choice?
It was a full script. I chose that because I wanted some in depth feedback.
What’s your all-time favorite movie or television show...and why?
That’s a hard choice. I can narrow down my top 3 movies are Wolf Children, Tokyo Godfathers, and The Last Unicorn. Top 3 TV shows are MASH, Bojack Horseman, and Infinity Train
What advice do you have for writers hoping to win a contest or place as a finalist as you?
Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable, and don’t worry about outsmarting the audience just worry about telling a consistent, good story.
What else are you working on that the world needs to know about?
I’m developing a script about a deaf musician and a siren falling in love in 18th century Greece.