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)
1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece? The picture. Hazardous, but most to whom? I wanted the monk to be sympathetic and tragic by the end.
2) How long have you been writing flash? About a year or so. My book writing took a sidewind to short stories, then from short stories to flash.
3) What do you like about writing flash? Freeze frames. When someone reads flash and thinks, ‘Zombie ballerina? Yes, it would be a helluva challenge to stay Prima.’
4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Write for you. I opened the backstairs in my head and played in the attic; my writing became wholly mine, then.
5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Judi’s Blog treks down memory lane, warms your melancholy, and passes you Pogs. Just… ignore her if she dons Hammer pants.
6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Nothing like FF’s epicness. Occasionally on Scribophile, an amazing resource for writers of novels, poetry, short stories, and flash.
7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Novels, a little standup (comics are the most foul-mouthed, lovable folk to go full nomad on this earth), short stories.
8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Knife-twisting reality with humor, but I deeply enjoy creative fiction – horror, scifi, fantasy, etc, that creates entire worlds.
9) Tell us about a WIP. Prequel to a Blood War involves a globe-spanning war where differing blood types repel each other with terrifying special abilities.
10) How do you feel about dragons? Flight of Dragons captured my mind as a kid. I loved that they explained how dragons flew and created fire, because that’s so often summed as ‘Cuz, magic’. Making their magic make sense made it seem so much more possible. The thought put into that little gem of a movie has remained with me all of this time and influences my writing a lot. Frankly, dragons rock.