Sixty Seconds with: BETSY STREETER

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)

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Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Betsy Streeter.  Read her story here, then take one minute to get to know her better.

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? The colorful object against the sand made me really feel the push-pull between youth and nature.

2) How long have you been writing flash? If single-panel cartoons count (maybe?), since the early 90s. In this form, 6 months. 

3) What do you like about flash? It forces you to focus on what matters and take stuff out, much like working in comics or film. 

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Don’t be abstract. Give characters a name/identity right away. Readers relate to details, even in flash. Especially in flash.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Oh man, I read everything. Sherman Alexie. David Foster Wallace. Read Stephen King’s “On Writing.”

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I love 1000words and Story Shack. Flash! Friday is my favorite ‘cause the writing’s so good.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? YA sci fi novel, Silverwood. Short fiction for Perihelion and Literary Orphans and others. Comics.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Science fiction, I’m such a geek. Sci fi is about potential, hope, imagination, and struggle.

9) Tell us about a WIP. “Neptunia,” episodic sci fi comic. Pilot’s in the can, plan to use guest artists, will publish on Perihelion in fall!

10) How do you feel about dragons? I love their symbolic power. Once I drew a knight and dragon offering each other gifts, called “Peace Dragon.”

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