Torry Martin has written several episodes for
Odyssey, and he is primarily responsible for the creation of
How did you
first get associated with Adventures in Odyssey?
One of my mentors is
a wonderful Emmy-nominated writer named Martha Bolton. Shes written for Bob Hope,
Mark Lowry and Phyllis Diller, has over fifty books on the market and is also known as
"The Cafeteria Lady" for Focus on the Familys "Brio Magazine for
Girls." (In case you cant tell, Im a huge fan of hers. She has a great
website you should check out by the way at
www.MarthaBolton.com.) Anyway, Martha was
invited to attend a writers conference that "Odyssey" was going to have
but wasnt able to make it so instead she extended the invitation to me and suggested
that I write a spec script to send in. I wrote an episode while living in my cabin and
sent it to Paul McCusker but the writers camp got canceled. I was seriously bummed
but Paul looked at my script anyway and thought that I showed some promise so he gave me
my first BTV episode to write.
What is it
like being the creator of a rather interesting new character on AIO?
Its truly an
honor and a joy. I cant tell you how much I love being a part of the Odyssey team.
Wootens creation really is a community effort though so credit doesnt belong
to any single person. I think that the input and involvement of the rest of the writing
team is what makes Wooten so interesting as a character. I am anxious to delve a little
into Wootens past at some point in the future because there are an awful lot of
surprises about his character that have yet to be unearthed. Ooh
If you could change one thing about
your writing what would it be?
Id not doubt
myself so much and learn how to edit more. I cant tell you how much I admire the
scripts written by Marshal Younger and Paul McCusker. They are the epitome of Odyssey for
me. I love the humor they add and the surprising twists to their stories. I guess if I
could change one thing, it would be to write more like them. They inspire me to work
Torry standing with
Marshal Younger (Torry at right)
What are your
hobbies/interests do you have aside from Adventures in Odyssey?
I collect toys and comics for one.
Thats one of the neat things about traveling and performing Christian comedy the way
I do. I get to check out the coolest toy stores and comic shops all across the nation so I
have a lot of fun and get to meet a lot of folks. I also like to eavesdrop on
conversations and observe people. Since I write sketchbooks for Lillenas Publishing
Im always prowling the malls and making character observations or listening to
people talk in the hopes of finding some good material. (Show me a comedian with a knack
for slice-of-life material and Ill show you a successful eavesdropper.) In addition
to those interests I also like to spend time training my dog Sam. Hes a part of my
show and knows over 27 commands/tricks and he is just brilliant. Hes a hundred and
twenty-three pound Black Lab/Airedale mix and my best buddy so he goes everywhere with me.
I also enjoy gold mining with my parents.
Do you have a
website that fans can visit?
Yes I do and you
should check it out! You can visit it by going to:
What is the
typical writing experience for you?
What do you go through as you try to
think of ideas?
See the problem is that I
second-guess myself an awful lot and Im incredibly insecure about my writing.
Whenever I send something to Marshal to look over I try to act like Im completely
confident but the truth is Im a nervous wreck at home while waiting to hear what he
thought about my script. Then Marshal calls and we discuss things and he sends it back to
me with all of these incredible improvements and I feel like a total idiot for not
thinking of them on my own. Im learning though and that is a part of the process
that I really enjoy. I couldnt think of a better person to learn from than Marshal
Younger either by the way. The man has the patience of a saint and the mind of a genius.
He has absolutely no sense of fashion though and doesnt own even one article of
tie-dyed clothing, which breaks my heart for him. (Im kidding!)
Dave Arnold (middle)
What is it
like knowing that Wooten Bassett could be the next most popular character on AIO? Is it
surprised at the popularity of Wooten and Im thrilled that he has been so warmly
accepted into the Odyssey family. Is "awestrucking" a word?
How did you
first get interested in listening to the show?
I was living in a
remote cabin on eighty acres in a place called Bear Valley, Alaska and I couldnt get
television or radio reception due to my location so the Odyssey tapes became my only
entertainment. Let me tell you, they were a lifesaver! I took an immediate liking to the
show and immediately felt a kinship of sorts with the character of Bernard. I want to be a
curmudgeon when I grow up and he became an excellent role model for me on how to
successfully achieve that.
If there was
one thing that you would change about Adventures in Odyssey in general, what would that
kidding me? I wouldnt change a thing! Im thrilled to have the opportunity to
just enhance what already exists. I love Odyssey so much that I wish it was a real place
so I could live their full time. I think one of the things I like about the series the
most is the way the relationships are built up between the characters. It makes me wish I
had a circle of friends like the ones in the show. In fact sometimes I get so caught up in
the show that I start to believe that the characters actually do exist and that they
really are my friends.
Im especially excited about
the storyline for the next year. When I was at the writers meeting and Paul McCusker was
discussing the upcoming plot line I was feeling all of this emotion and excitement about
the things to come. There were a few times when I was on the edge of my seat in suspense
so I know that the rest of the listeners will be feeling the same as events begin to
unfold. Stay tuned you guys because you are going to be in for a terrific ride over the
next year. The best is yet to come!
Thanks for taking time out of your day to talk to us!