Sixty Seconds with: Rachael Dunlop

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 Rachael Dunlop.  Read her winning story here, then take one minute to get to know her better.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  The Tudor women were incredibly strong and powerful but overlooked by history. Time to redress the balance!

2) How long have you been writing flash? About five years. I started with 1,000 word stories and have been working my way down ever since.

3) What do you like about writing flash? The precision required is both challenging and liberating. I love compressing many ideas into a few layered sentences.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Think of a flash as an exquisite cake. Write the top layer – the decoration. The story forms in the layers below.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Tania Hershman is the queen of all things flash. Sheer brilliance, and she is also extremely supportive of other writers.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I usually enter the Big One here in the UK – The Bridport Prize. And quarterly competitions like Flash 500.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I’ve been a short story writer for about ten years now, but have finally been persuaded to write a novel.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I’m a genre slut – give me a prompt and a genre and I’ll write a story! But I’ll usually write it in a literary style.

9) Tell us about a WIP. My novel is my major WIP. I’ve written a first draft and am about to start a major rewrite, being braver and bolder.

10) How do you feel about dragons? Underneath those scales, I reckon they’re all pussy cats. {Editor’s Note: ! }



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