Sixty Seconds II with: Charles W. Short

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 Charles W. Short.  Read his winning story here. Note that this is his second win–read his first #SixtySeconds interview here. Then take another minute to get to know him better below.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  I had quickly decided to write from the perspective of the flame, hot, scary, shaped like lion and short lived.

2) Do you outline, or are you more of a discovery writer? I always outline, although in flash, only in my mind. But I seldom write without a detailed intent.

3) How would you describe your writing style? Uhm, yea, well.  uh. kinda. Lemme think. i dunno, what’s the word? You know the one, the word that means...

4) When did you begin writing fiction? Almost exactly a year ago I gave it my first serious attempts.

5) Introduce us to a favorite character in one of your stories. Jamison in Jamison’s Battlefields.  A space sniper for whom the King has specific intentions.

6) What books have influenced your life the most? The Book of Proverbs?  (Or something else in the Bible.) But also love Max Lucado, Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker.

7) What are you currently reading? Flash Fiction Contests, Splickety Magazine, the Rose Metal Press Primer to Writing Flash Fiction.

8) How do you combat writer’s block? Just write. Pray about how to make the message meaningful, but then write.

9) What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?  Don’t follow so much advice that what you write is no longer yours. 

10) What do you admire most about dragons?  Distance. The distance between me and them.

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