Sixty Seconds with: Brett Milam

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)

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Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Brett Milam. 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 idyllic landscape and the longing to capture it in one’s twilight years, which ignites the “fire” in the belly.

2) How long have you been writing flash? I started doing it mostly in response to the latest National Novel Writing Month since the length seemed too daunting.

3) What do you like about flash? Crafting characters within a story that gets an emotional reaction out of the reader in such an incredibly finite space.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Don’t rely heavily on inserting a twist. Twists at the end of a micro-fiction piece are difficult to execute well. 

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Gotta say my uncle, Chris Milam. He’s come a long way since starting; he’s a wordsmith with an emotional punch.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Mostly I stick to just this one and sometimes The Angry Hourglass’s Flash Frenzy, but I don’t want to solely rely upon them.

7) What other forms do you write? Editorials for the newspaper, poetry, although it’s a tough medium, occasionally movie reviews, and at times, longer works of fiction. 

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Gritty realism tends to be where my “voice” feels most comfortable when writing, as I enjoy looking at humanity’s ugliness.

9) Tell us about a WIP. My story, “Sirens,” printed in Molotov Cocktail, is something I plan on turning into a bigger story (a novel, optimistically). 

10) How do you feel about dragons? Like any fantasy or myth, dragons have served us well as escapism from real “dragons” in our midst and minds. 

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