Sixty Seconds with: Ben Miller

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 Ben Miller.  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? I have been nurturing an Idea for a longer story about the Hat Head Club which are school age kids, and this prompt made me think of it.

2) How long have you been writing flash? I just recently discovered flash fiction as a thing a month or so ago. I love telling stories and this seemed like a great challenge to my writing.

3) What do you like about flash? I enjoy the chance to imagine a new tale (or an excerpt of one in the works) and distill the essence as concisely as possible.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? I like to know the bigger story and then take a snapshot. Depth can’t be alluded to if it is not there.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? I’m so new to the scene that I have not established favorites yet. Any suggestions? I’m still so amazed by the rich community of talented writers.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I’ve participated in the Trifecta Writing Challenge a few times and a few times on ThursThreads.  

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I like writing longer stories. Novels for the most part. I’m stretching it when I made that plural.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Science fiction is my favorite. I am a full on technogeek by trade and hobby so the possibilities of what the future could hold (or might hold now) create a huge pallet for the imagination.

9) Tell us about a WIP. A near future scifi novel called Like Minds that is in late stage editing. It’s a story about a hacker who discovers one day that he is both the next target for a serial killer and the FBI’s prime suspect.

10) How do you feel about dragons? Dragons are awesome.  I have read them from McCaffrey to MacAvoy to Paolini. What’s not to like? I am also proud that my daughter has a collection of dragons on her dresser top.  {{Editor’s Note: Waaaaay over 20 words, cowboy; but as it’s about dragons, your enthusiasm is understandable. Expected, actually.}}

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