Sixty Seconds with: Alison Crutchley (Accidento Bizarro)

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 Alison Crutchley (who posts as Accidento Bizarro).  Read her winning story here. Then take a minute to get to know her better!

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  I used to travel on the Underground, imagining people’s lives. And wondering who we would eat first in a disaster.

2) How long have you been writing flash? About a year.

3) What do you like about flash? I like how you can suggest a mood, an ambiguity, then make the reader do all the work.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Find all the bits that make it obvious what’s going on in your story, and cut them.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Matt Hutchinson–I love his dialogue, and how he hints at darkness beyond the story. His writing persuaded me to try flash.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Just National Flash Fiction Day. No luck so far. I live in hope.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Mickey-takes of various types: articles, cycle training advice, horoscopes, quizzes. Flash is about as serious as I get.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Humour. That cold rush when you write something really funny. It’s catnip.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  I’m battling with a short story about an academic and his lost love. It’s going nowhere. I did write quite a good sex scene, though

10) How do you feel about dragons?  I made this cake for my son’s fifth birthday, which probably tells you all you need to know.

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