Sixty Seconds with: Carlos Orozco

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 Carlos Orozco. Be sure to check out his bio at his winner’s page! 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 picture looked surreal. Slipping into a world where clocks and time melts is what surrealism is all about.

2) How long have you been writing flash? I didn’t write regularly until I found FF. Even then I just stalked the site for a while.  I finally jumped in, and it’s been 6 months since my last drin—err I mean non-writing week.

3) What do you like about writing flash? Instant gratification. You can finish a story and share it/enjoy it immediately. No need to keep it under wraps.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Read the types of work you want your writing to emulate. Can you guess who I was reading this week? (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? The #Flashdogs. They’re a diverse group of supportive writers with unique writing styles. Plus they have really witty tweets.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Angry Hourglass (Flash Frenzy)—picture prompts, 360 word limit. #FinishThatThought—you’re given the starting sentence, 500 word limit.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Just flash for now. I wish I had the discipline to write a novel.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I like writing stories that explore the darker side of things. I love doing dirty realism.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  No WIPs. My goal was to appear in 3 lit mags, but that was replaced with winning FF (What now?).

10) How do you feel about dragons? They fly, spit fire, sense treasure, and force creatures (called writers) to conjure characters and build worlds for them. They KICK ***

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