Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based author, journalist and editor. His fiction has appeared in more than sixty publications including the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Shenandoah, the Saturday Evening Post, and So It Goes by the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.
He is also the author of non-fiction books including Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections, Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries, The Latest Craze: A Short History of Mass Hysterias, and the upcoming A Hot Mess: How the Climate Crisis is Changing Our World (2021).
Visit his website: jefffleischer.com.
Silver and Gold: A Hollywood Story
written by Jeff Fleischer
Dash Silver and Carol Gold were Hollywood stars in the 1950s, lovers on screen and off. Decades after their relationship ends, Carol receives an envelope with a surprising request from Dash – will she honor it or not? As she considers her options, she recalls their Tinseltown past, and the reason she’s had nothing to say to him for so long.
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Read by AJ Ferraro
Q&A with Jeff
Tell us about your story...
Without spoiling anything, it’s a story about an on-screen/off-screen “old Hollywood” romance that ended in a way that had long-term ramifications for Carol Gold, the main character in the story.
What was the inspiration for this story?
I got the nugget of the idea after the passing of a prominent person I admired who experienced a situation somewhat similar to what the protagonist, Carol, goes through. This piece originated with that part of the backstory, which gets revealed as the story goes along.
Someday I want to...
Reach the point where I can work on books and fiction full-time.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Like most writers, I enjoy reading for fun. I also really enjoy going to museums, zoos, live theater, live sports (particularly baseball and rugby), concerts, and movies.
Do you have any hidden talents?
A couple of the more random ones include throwing a knuckleball and playing harmonica.
On the weekends I like to...
Get outside and enjoy Chicago, whether it’s one of the activities mentioned earlier, meeting up with friends, stopping at a local restaurant for dinner or just taking a nice walk.
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