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"Making Up Stories" is inspired by my life. When I was 12 years old, my father Willie Walton was killed by a drunken driver. The harsh reality of losing a loved one instantly, without warning provides a certain shock. I hid my feelings, at least I thought I did. "Making Up Stories" is a dramatic story with relatable characters. The themes of love, purpose and prevailing runs throughout. My objective is to focus on the human spirit and how it heals through love. Millie doesn't understand why she is lying about the death of her father, she doesn't know how to deal with the fear and pain she is experiencing, and because her entire family is struggling in their own way, help isn't available. Yet, like it sometimes happen in real life, she comes across a person that pours every ounce of love he can muster into his work; going above and beyond the call of duty to help her. That is what and who this teacher represents. It is his expression of love that helps Millie prevail in the end.

My objective as a writer is to write about complex social issues and hopefully invoke discussion for the greater good. My recent film, "What If...Then What?" has won 3 awards, Best Film, Best Children's and Youth Film, and Best Director.

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