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Get to know writer PJ Gourley:
1) What is your very short story about?
My story is about a man whom sought wealth and power as his elixir to true happiness. Now, much older and alone, he sits on a park bench. The same park bench that his parents had sat on while watching him play as a child. He remembers the love and joy his family shared during those times. Nothing else mattered. That’s all he ever needed. Soon afterwards, tragedy struck. He was forced to grow up. Money, and the power that came with it, became his surrogate family. Now, years later, no children, broken marriages, and lost friendships, he is alone pondering his future and remembering his past. Was it all worth it?
2) What motivated you to write this story and submit it to the festival?
My motivation was to create a short story that would inspire the reader to use their imagination. I want it to be left up to the individual’s interpretation. I think we all have sat on that “proverbial park bench”. The “should of, could of and would of” scenario that we all replay from time to time. What if?
3) What movie have you seen the most in your life?
There are actually 2 movies that I have watched repeatedly. They are “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “RV”. I know, you all probably think I am crazy, but if you peel back all the layers it’s about the importance of family. The importance of being a father.
4) How many scripts and stories have you written?
I recently self- published 2 children’s picture books, “Looking For Happy Ness” and “When I Grow Up! Lessons from the Chalkboard”. I have plans to release 3 more books this year. I have also written commercials for a local radio station, BOB FM The Woodlands (no longer in operation).
5) What artists would you love to work with?
If you are talking about actors/actresses, I would say John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. If you are talking about a writer, I would have loved the opportunity to work with the late Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss).
6) What is your passion in life?
My passion in life, now that I am older, is to continue to write and illustrate children’s picture books. I want to write books for children that provide entertainment as well as valuable life lessons.
7) Any tips for other writers who want to write a 140 character short story?
Anybody can write a 140 character story, but I believe we should write ones that allow the reader to tap into their own imagination. The reader needs the ability to make it their own. Let their imaginations run free.
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