Sixty Seconds with: Josh Bertetta

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 Josh Bertetta. 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?  Writer’s block. Instead of pushing through it, I went with it and wrote from there.

2) How long have you been writing flash? Since about late July/early August 2014.

3) What do you like about writing flash? The wide ranging possibilities and writing a story that leaves a lot to the readers imagination within a small space.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Shoot from the hip and don’t censor yourself.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Voima Oy. I feel her pieces are written from a place of kindness and gentleness. Moving, thought provoking stories.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Angry Hourglass (Flash Frenzy)—(if anyone has recommendations for others, please let me know). {Editor’s Note: Ohhh, delicious loads of them! Look here. Two brand new ones starting tomorrow.}

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? A novel, essays on mythology, religion/spirituality, culture, and my first screenplay (a short) is close to production.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? No favorite. Looking forward to maybe one day branch out from what I already write in–fantasy.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  Currently seeking literary representation for my novel, an international epic literary fantasy grounded in history, rooted in myth.

10) How do you feel about dragons? European dragons just want someone to talk to. Chinese dragons are better than any roller coaster.

5 thoughts on “Sixty Seconds with: Josh Bertetta

  1. Thank You! Q for you. Am I following the flash fri rules correctly? Also, how would I be a better descriptive writer? ( I try to use colors, feelings and such.. maybe more dialogue?)


    • Lissette, Wasn’t sure if you were asking me directly, but I suggest reading as much flash as you can. Read online, read books on flash to get a sense of published works.


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