Sixty Seconds with: Marie McKay

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 Marie McKay.  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 photo is incredibly moving. I couldn’t get away from what the boy might be feeling.

2) How long have you been writing flash? I started eight months ago.

3) What do you like about flash? I love having to be concise. It’s very satisfying when you get it right.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? I don’t feel qualified! Maybe, how you tell the story: perspective, form, etc can be very important too.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? I love Kate Atkinson’s novels. They are clever and surprising.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? CAKE.shortandsweet’s Wednesday write-in and the Scottish Book Trust’s monthly 50-word fiction contest.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I like writing for preschool children. I have four kids (a ready-made audience!).

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I am having a go at everything, trying to improve any skills I have. I do like crime fiction, though.  

9) Tell us about a WIP. I am trying my hand at a screen play in the crime fiction genre.

10) How do you feel about dragons? Fay Robinson’s Where Did All the Dragons Go? could make anyone fall in love with dragons.

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