Sixty Seconds with: Maggie Duncan

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 Maggie Duncan.  Read her winning story here, then take one minute to get to know her better.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece? Da Vinci carried the Mona Lisa with him til his death. I riffed off what was obviously important to him.

2) How long have you been writing flash? A little over two years, long enough to have published a collection called Spy Flash.

3) What do you like about flash? It challenges me to tell a story under constraints, and it hones the editing skills.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Don’t be intimidated by a word-count restriction. Try it. Practice it. You’ll come to love it.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Between Flash! Friday and Friday Fictioneers, there are so many. Try Betty Superman by Tiff Holland. Wonderful little fiction chapbook.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Friday Fictioneers isn’t a contest, but it’s a great weekly exercise. I’ve written close to 100, 100-word stories for it.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I’m primarily a novelist, though my short pieces are all that’s been published. 

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I write what Alan Furst calls the historical thriller–espionage with a good dose of history. I love writing something edgy.  

9) Tell us about a WIP. A Perfect Hatred is a four-book series about a significant act of domestic terrorism–from the terrorist’s point of view.

10) How do you feel about dragons? You won’t like this, but Tolkien did them best; Anne McCaffery comes in second; everyone else should just give up. {{Editor’s Note: Not a chance. Greatness inspires greatness.}}

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