I frankly could not envision where a novelist would dismiss a chance at exposure such as this. The WILDsound Festival is on the cutting edge of literary innovation, something novelist need; exposure. I applaud their commitment, and willingness to think outside the box, by taking chances, in offering Novelist a platform.
– Fayton Hollington
Watch the 1st Chapter Reading of CONCEPTION OF A DIALYSIS PATIENT:
Novel transcript performed by Mark Sparks
Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Fayton Hollington:
Matthew: What is your novel about?
Fayton: Introducing you, and transporting you on this journey, is my attempt at shining a light, in hopes of moving you closer to where fate has led so many of us. Since the age of twelve, the Nephrology world has, and continues to have me tethered.
Thrust into the world of dialysis as an adult, it is from my chair, the unspoken truths are bared. The raw emotion of bewilderment generated by this necessity, between loved ones and friends is unnerving. The plights we as patients endure, while fettered to this reality, becomes poignantly thought provoking. It is tantamount to the ambush of a tsunami, with regard to our daily uncertainties. The untold truths surfacing, during this vital and daunting treatment is up-close. Conception of a Dialysis Patient (the untold truths), is beyond compare, certain to strike a chord in anyone who draws breath.
Matthew: Why should people read your novel?
Fayton: The lack of familiarity, with regard to dialysis is frightening. Dialysis is all too serious an issue, a world devoid of judgments, and increasing in necessity. The general population is clueless, as to how close they themselves may be, to having a dialysis machine waiting for them. There is no warning; it strikes at will, despite financial status, ethnicity, gender, or religious beliefs. When dialysis knocks, it is swift, and rambunctious in its quest. Evading it is not an option, so embrace the teachings. Be a part of the dialysis world without experiencing it first hand, it is a gift.
Matthew: How long have you been writing stories?
Fayton: Self taught, I began writing regularly in the mid nineties. Poetry was first out the gate. Becoming award winning, I could not appreciate what others saw in my words, so I pushed onward, again, educating myself on the formats of screenplays and sitcom pilots. Desiring even more of the literary process, novels became the next natural endeavor. I say natural, due to the fact all the formats seem to come with ease.
Matthew: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Fayton: As far the movie I viewed the most in my lifespan, I honestly would have to say Glory. Hands down; one of Denzel Washington’s top acting performances.
Matthew: What artists would you love to work with?
Fayton: Forest Whitaker, first and foremost.
Matthew: How many stories have you written?
Fayton: I have three completed novels, two sitcom pilots, and four first draft screenplay to my completed body of literary accomplishments. I would be remiss if I neglected to mention the host of my spoken word parables.
Matthew: Ideally, where would you like to be in 5 years?
Fayton: I am on the literary launching pad at ground zero, preparing to fly. Branding myself works, so it is not so much, where would I like to be, rather where I plan on landing, which is at the top of my game. That is realistic at the rate I am going. Nothing has ever come to me, I fought for every literary lesson, and my life simultaneously. A passion that comes from my life’s trials fosters clarity, humbleness, and focus. If having to live this life over again, I would select this same journey, pain, grief, and the unknown. I am who I am, because of it.
Matthew: Describe your process; do you have a set routine, method for writing?
Fayton: Routine plays no role in my creative growth. Writing is an important impulse, much like air. A day does not pass were writing does not come into play. It is my escape; my serenity from the hectic medical reality, I am fighting legally.
Matthew: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
Fayton: Acting has, and always will be my first love; the stage in particular is what I grew up with. There is a burning desire that cannot be tamed. Having performed since a child, and well into my adult years, being snatched away, due to a medical issue has been exceedingly arduous. Fifteen years is a long time, but I have stayed sharp with the spoken word performances. … There shall be a resurgence, and boy, am I ready.
Matthew: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Fayton: What I can say to Novelist is P.R., public relations. This is where you become your own best advocate. After the book is published, you are already behind. It means you have no brand. My suggestion is for novelist to understand what branding yourself is all about. At least six months prior to a release you need to be talking up your novel, pitching it on sites, whether you have representation or not. It is incumbent upon you to keep yourself relevant. There is no such thing as too much Public Relations.
Mr. Fayton Hollington
Published Novelist/Award Winning poet
Spoken word Artist
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