Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Dimitri Malahov. I grew up in Moscow and studied chemistry at Russian Academy of Sciences. It is college where I met my girlfriend Daniella. We were chemistry partners, and well, what can I say, we had very good chemistry. We were dirt poor, struggling students, so in order to make money, we got involved in porn. It was really her idea. She loves expressing herself sexually, and having me as a partner was safer for us both. It was great working together and we ended up making more money doing porn than we could as chemists in Russia. Go figure...
What is your role in the story?
I was cast as Stephen in the Miles Thorpe movie, "Paperweight." I portrayed a German smuggler postwar Berlin. I can't believe I was actually cast. They cast me based on my performance in porn flicks. I thought it was some strange joke, but they signed me up for this Oscar quality film starring Hollywood starlet Olivia Hammond. I have to say, I was so much more nervous filming an real moive with Olivia Hammond, then I ever was performing porn. Crazy huh?
What is your favorite hobby?
Hmmm, sex. Did you think I'd have a different answer?
What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
My challenge is overcoming me. Both Miles and Olivia had so much confidence in me, that I was so worried I would let them down. I know both of them had a great deal riding on this film, and I was worried I would ruin it. I guess what I overcame is realizing how much more I have to contribute to the world, and to a woman other than sex.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
Happiness. I'm just really a simply guy who wants people to be happy.
Title: A Soul to Shine
Author: Jennifer Ott
Genre: Literary Fiction
“You and I are now time itself, not just the city,
The whole world is taking part in our decision.
We are more than just the two of us now.
We embody something.
We are sitting in the People’s Square
And it’s full of people with the same dream as ours.
We define the game for all.
Wings of Desire
From the outside, starlet Olivia Hammond has it all—fame, fortune and a Hollywood hunk boyfriend. No one suspects her rising self-doubts and anxieties. In order to escape the realities of her chaotic world, she dives into an Oscar quality role of a young woman trapped in the horrors of postwar Berlin. It is here that Olivia feels most comfortable.
Her real and fictional lives collide when the director casts Dimitri Malakhov, a Russian porn star, as her costar. She immediately fears her image and reputation will be tainted. Personally and professionally, she must face what frightens her most—exposing herself, her fears, her imperfections and her desires to the world.
The experience of filming the movie with Dimitri and being on location in Berlin destroys her prejudices and judgments. It shatters all her illusions and perceptions. When liberated from her own confines, her life and love truly shine.
Manchmal das Herz muss zerstört werden, um zu heilen.
Sometimes the heart needs to be broken in order to heal.
So many pictures, so many scenes
Still can’t understand what it means
I look at my face everyday I arise
And proceed to adorn my daily disguise
The soul that once shined
No longer appears
It’s lost somewhere
In a world full of tears.
I’ve wandered around place to place
Trapped inside my invisible space
How do we connect with another
When it’s our own heart we smother
The soul that once shined
Desires to be seen
Wanting to wade through
The clutter in between.
It only takes a moment for all to shatter
Picking up the pieces doesn’t really matter
The worst has come to fate
No one else can ever relate
Our wounds exposed like an open sore
For all others’ salt to pour
Inspiration comes from watching way too much Monty Python. The abstract and the absurd way of looking at normal life, not only offers humor, but questions many problems in society in a light-hearted manner. If we can laugh at ourselves, if we can laugh at life, problems do not seem quite so difficult to tackle. In fact, problems are not as complicated as they seem; everything is very simple. If you can laugh at it, write about it and read about it, most likely one would think about it.
Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! She recently published, Serenidipidus and Edge of Civilization. She also is the host of the SuperJenius Internet Radio show on Artist First radio Network.
Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food.
Super Jenius Publications
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A Soul to Shine