Sixty Seconds with: Beth Avery

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)


Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Elisabeth Avery.  Read her winning 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 woman looked exactly like a muse.  Then I had to explain why the man would yell at his muse.

2) How long have you been writing flash? Decades, but we had different names for it. Stream-of-consciousness writing, or two minutes to write a speech from a prompt.

3) What do you like about flash? There’s time only to focus on one main idea and the most beautiful or clever language to express that idea.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Figure out what works for you. I write and revise in my head; then in print I only need to polish.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Eric Martell. He’s got a knack for getting a lot of layers in his pieces.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I don’t usually enter competitions; it muddles my focus. I write to share, not compete.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I write poetry and short stories. I’m also guilty of writing far too many rants.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I’ve always loved reimagining fairy tales. There’s something so rich about simple stories; readers instantly make a personal connection.

9) Tell us about a WIP. A series of stream-of-consciousness poems, “Maenad Songs,” dealing with major life changes and  destabilized identity from losing too much at once.

10) How do you feel about dragons? Dragons are cool, but I prefer dryads.


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