Sixty Seconds with: Charles W. Short

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 Charles W. Short.  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? The map, the red hair, but mostly the placement of the man’s hand seemed awkward, unfamiliar. Like a newlywed couple.

2) How long have you been writing flash? I first heard of it about a year ago. Have only done 5-10 pieces so far.

3) What do you like about flash? I can fit writing flash into my schedule easier, but love the challenge of a tight story.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Not experienced enough to give advice, but I believe its more important to be skilled at editing than at composition.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Only flash writer that comes to mind is King David, the Psalms. Rightly understood, they are masterpieces in brief.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? This was first entry here, and I entered a flash this year at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I blog in several forms, write devotionals, and have a book out, The Storeroom of the Heart, which is non-fiction. 

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Devotions, especially those based on birding. I love to take something from nature and show how it correlates to Scripture.  

9) Tell us about a WIP. Jamison on my blog, a sniper for the space colonies. Living in solitude in the Zilkas Asteroid Belt is hard.

10) How do you feel about dragons? Dragons are hard to parallel park, but not many meter maids will attempt writing you a parking ticket.

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