Sixty Seconds with: Mike Jackson

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 Mike Jackson.  Read his winning story here, then take one minute to get to know him better.

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? It was the face of one of the babies in the basket – I could hear his voice in my head!

2) How long have you been writing flash? About three years.

3) What do you like about flash? I once heard it described as writing where the writer and reader need to meet halfway.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Try out some of the many, very good, flash fiction prompts being put out weekly on the internet.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Try Jo-Anne Teal – not been writing long, creates some great imagery in few words.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Most weeks I’ll try to submit something to Trifecta, Five Sentence Fiction and Visual Dare (some great black & white photo prompts.)

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I enjoy writing haiku and twitter fiction – both on Twitter.  Just discovered American Sentence (invented by Allen Ginsberg – 17 syllables long). 

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Favourite genre has to be flash fiction with lots of dialogue in. Great fun picturing people having strange conversations.  

9) Tell us about a WIP. Creating some short stories (about 800 words) which I’m laminating and leaving on the tables in a couple of coffee shops I frequent.

10) How do you feel about dragons? I have a puppet of a dragon (a metre long) which I used to use to tell stories to the young children in school. He’s not been out for a while!


One thought on “Sixty Seconds with: Mike Jackson

  1. Mike is a writer of style. He usually writes warm, fun pieces but don’t think this means his stories are not literary. Quite the contrary. Mike’s writing is always well thought out and he pays attention to things like usage and cadence. The times that Mike turns the tables and writes a serious piece, it will always take you by surprise and grab you. Really pleased to have ‘met’ Mike through our various forays into flash fiction. I always look forward to reading his work!

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