Sixty Seconds with: Tinman

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

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  I never really know where my ideas come from, but I remember thinking “He’s going to land in that forest”….

2) How long have you been writing flash? Only a few months, though I never write very long pieces anyway.

3) What do you like about flash? It refines your writing. For example, if you are only allowed twenty words per answer, then you really have to 

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Write the story you want to write first, or it’s no fun. Then work on getting it within the limit.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? The best ones I’ve read write here – the standard is always terrific, which is why I’m so thrilled to win.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Yes – Flash Frenzy, Finish That Thought, and sometimes Trifecta.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Longer versions of the kind of stuff I write here – I take a daft idea and see where it goes.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I love to make people laugh, so mostly I stick to writing hopefully funny pieces.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  I’m helping a friend stage a pantomime that I originally wrote for an amateur Drama Group in the 80s. 

10) How do you feel about dragons? I’ve always genuinely believed that Puff the Magic Dragon is the saddest love song ever written.

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