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Friday, April 8, 2016

Congratulations to MJ Hermanny – Thicker Than Water Optioned! - post author wonkavite

You’ve got to love success stories.  No matter who the writer is: any genre and every gender. Hailing from every corner of the world; if you’re a wordsmith, we love you all.

Though – we have to admit… there’s something *particularly* fun about hard-boiled tales coming from seasoned female writers.  You know, like Sue Grafton or Patricia Cornwell. Okay, maybe we’re biased.  But M.J.’s Hermanny’s a class act –  of the crime addled, film noir style.

So… STS is thrilled to announce that her reviewed short Thicker Than Water has now been optioned! That’s good news right there.  And you know what’s better?  That she’s got more available.

So – give My Life for Yours a fresh read.  It’s gritty, dark and packs a punch.  And missing THIS one for your next project would be a crime!


My Life for Yours

A man makes amends for leading an innocent astray.

Remember those anti-drug commercials in the eighties? Don’t do drugs? Crack is whack? Often more laughable than effective, the intent was to show kids the ugly side of drugs… scare them straight. A well meaning endeavor – even if it did devolve into a punchline.

Well, they ain’t got sh*t on this short gem.

As My Life opens, muscle bound jock Jason drags a drug-addled Mandy towards an abandoned house. A rotted shack in the middle of nowhere, no-one around for miles. There’s a stained bed in the corner, outfitted with chains. And a video camera set up for filming.

Readers will cringe as Jason shackles Mandy’s ankles. Whips out the drugs, and takes some hits. Because everyone knows what’s coming next. Kidnapping. Rape. Maybe worse…

Well, not exactly. Because Jason’s got other plans in mind – and a dark, gritty lesson for his girlfriend that’ll forever change both their lives.

Who is this couple – and why are they in this situation? As Mandy gets ever more frantic, a stoned Jason recalls the “Sid and Nancy” tale: a series of flashbacks about the innocent girl he met years ago… and the way he’s watched both of them change. And it sure ain’t for the better.

Though it wears the trappings of a thriller, My Life is at heart a romance: a clever, tautly written tale of how far someone will go to save the one they love the most.

Think you know where it’s going? Think again…

About the writer: Boasting an MA in Scriptwriting for Film, Theatre, TV & Radio, MJ is an award winning writer, with shorts optioned and produced in countries as diverse as Croatia and Norway. Residing in sunny England, she is currently hard at work developing a series with the BBC Writersroom – as well as working on a number of features (including one low-budget horror and a fantasy adventure script.) Her website is available here: MJ herself can be reached via mjhermanny – AT – gmail!

Pages: 6

Budget: Low – 2 primary characters, unnamed partygoers, one vehicle and a dingy house that no-one has a use for, anyway…

About the guest reviewer: A writer himself, Leegion’s works can be found on





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2 Comments so far


April 9th, 2016 at 7:48 pm

Congrats MJ!


KP Mackie
April 11th, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Riveting story.
Tight writing. Zipped through it, eager to know what would happen next.
Terrific twist coming…
Congratulations on the option for TTW!

(Powerful review, Leegion.) 🙂

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