Sixty Seconds with: Nancy Chenier

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 Nancy Chenier.  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 history. The mention of the computer error intrigued me, so I focused on what the source of that could be.

2) How long have you been writing flash? Regularly? Two years w/ the birth of the squid and the discovery of the Shock Totem’s bimonthly contest.

3) What do you like about writing flash? That I can complete a draft during one of the squid’s sleep cycles (45 minutes).

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Other than sit down and do it? That’s why I love this contest: no time to Hamlet about. Write, minimally fiddle, set it loose.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? I don’t have a specific flash favorite right now, but I subscribe to Daily Science Fiction which fills my inbox with free excellent flash. 

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? The aforementioned Shock Totem (going on right now), Mash Stories, and the one at Indies Unlimited.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Short stories mostly and, inspired by the squid’s entry into my life, a middle grade novel.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Speculative fiction, hands down. I love the flexibility of the genre, and the way it can hold up a mirror to our shared reality or completely dismantle it.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  It’s middle grade fantasy novel in which an elemental sprite strives to become a dragon (I’m 1/2 way through the second draft).

10) How do you feel about dragons? As you can guess from my WIP, I adore them. I was ecstatic when the squid emerged during the Year of the (water) Dragon, effectively matching my 20-year-old dragon tattoo.

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