All Stories, Literally Reruns

Literally Reruns – One Wish by Frederick K Foote

Leila has brought forth from the catacombs a tale by one of our oldest friends. If you have been around the site at all you will be familiar with Mr Foote – This is what she said:

Mr. Foote has one of the three largest libraries in the LS realm. I’d give the number of stories he has written, but it will probably change a couple times before this rerun appears. He has this knack of presenting the fantastic in a gritty, realistic style. No better example of this than One Wish.

Q: According to your bio, you’ve been a successful writer for many years. How long did it take for you to develop your confident, clear voice?

Q: You have mastered blending fantasy with reality–never more evident than in this piece –what influences can you cite in the development of your singular style?

Leila Allison

Frederick’s responses:

Q: According to your bio, you’ve been a successful writer for many years. How long did it take for you to develop your confident, clear voice?

I started publishing short stories and poetry in 2014. I have been successful in publishing over 300 articles. When I compare my first published stories to my most recent stories, I find the same voice but with improved story structure, grammar, and imagery.

Short story writing, for me, is a form of play. I play with words, ideas, history, culture, and language. My voice reflects my history, personality, and attitude toward writing. My voice was there just waiting to emerge and to be refined.

I sometimes see stories as blues with rhythms and the down-home poetry found in everyday language. Other tales are jazz with construction and reconstruction of ideas, emotions, or moods.

Q: You have mastered blending fantasy with reality–never more evident than in this piece –what influences can you cite in the development of your singular style?

My influences are DC and Marvel comic books, radio shows, Baptist preachers, the Bible, mythology,  the blues, jazz, folk music, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles,  Etta James, Bob Dylan, Richard Wright, Zora Neal Hurston, Langston Hughes, science fiction,  Octavia Butler, Richard Matheson, Stephan King, Balzac, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Barbara Neely, James Thurber, Black dialects, Moms Mabley, Red Foxx, Richard Pryor, Walter Mosely, and family dynamics.

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One Wish

2 thoughts on “Literally Reruns – One Wish by Frederick K Foote”

  1. Hi Leila,
    That was an easy but difficult choice.
    Difficult because you had to pick one.
    Easy because it wouldn’t matter which one you picked!
    Thanks as always for you excellent introduction and questions.

    Fred,
    It’s always a pleasure to see any of your stories getting another day in the sun.
    Re- Your influences. I think Ella Fitzgerald gets more plaudits than Etta James and I believe this is unfair. I’m James over Fitzgerald any day! (And a mention of Dorothy Moore’s Misty Blue and Gladys Knight’s version of ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night.’)

    All the very best folks!
    Hugh

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