Sixty Seconds II with: Craig Anderson

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 latest Flash! Friday winner (for his 2nd time) is Craig Anderson.  Read his winning story here, then take one minute to get to know him better. (Read his first interview here.)

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? The sheer size of the cloud made me wonder how it got so huge. That got me thinking about the life cycle of a storm.

2) Do you outline, or are you more of a discovery writer? Pure discovery. Most of the time I have a destination in mind, I’m just not sure which path I’ll take to get there.

3) How would you describe your writing style? I write humour with a touch of depth. My goal is to make my readers laugh, but I love it when I can also make them think.

4) When did you begin writing fiction? For as long as I can remember. In high school a substitute English teacher once accused me of copying my story out of a book. I was both offended and flattered.

5) Introduce us to a favorite character in one of your stories. My current favorite is Lucky the otterhound from ‘Getting Lucky‘ (free here). Dogs are fun to write, they are pure happiness but can’t talk so you have to get creative to convey their feelings.

6) What books have influenced your life the most? Anything by Terry Pratchett. He takes every day subjects and somehow makes them hilarious. He inspired me to start writing.

7) What are you currently reading? I’m in the middle of Inferno by Dan Brown. Thanks to the movies my previous mental image of Robert Langdon has been replaced with Tom Hanks.

8) How do you combat writer’s blockI don’t write my stories in order, I always write what I feel like writing. If there isn’t a scene that fits my mood, I’ll write a short story instead. I accidentally wrote a 20k novella the last time I got stuck on my full length novel!   

9) What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t copy another writer’s style, even someone you admire. Find your own voice. Then use it to write about something you love, not what’s currently ‘trendy’.

10) What do you admire most about dragons? Their retirement planning. What exactly do dragons spend all that treasure on anyway? [[Editor’s note: That’s proprietary information.]]

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