Sixty Seconds with: Phil Coltrane

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

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  The walls and door half-buried in sand made me wonder what else the sand has buried in the desert.

2) How long have you been writing flash? Depending on how you figure, either a couple of months, or since I was a kid.

3) What do you like about flash? The word limit forces me to finish the story rather than ramble aimlessly.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? If you like writing, then write. I feel underqualified to give any other advice.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Too many to choose. The best thing about Flash! Friday is dozens of new stories each week spanning every genre.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? None so far, but I just noticed the “Ongoing Contests” link.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I try to write a little of everything, but I’ve spared the internet the horror of my poetry.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I love speculative fiction: being able to ask a what-if question, then follow it wherever it goes.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  Last year’s unfinished NaNoWriMo novel: an IT employee, a priest, and a housewife combat disguised aliens led by a bartender. 

10) How do you feel about dragons?  Like cats and (some) wizards, they are cuddly but quick to anger.

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