Sixty Seconds with: Chris Milam

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 Chris Milam. 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?  I mainly focused on the phonograph. I kept thinking about why people dive into music when they are struggling.

2) How long have you been writing flash? About one year. My only goal is to be a better writer today than I was yesterday.

3) What do you like about writing flash? I’m not a loquacious person, so the brevity required in flash suits my personality. Hit ’em hard and fast.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? It’s all about the opening lines. This is your one shot to grab the reader and pull them in. Make it count.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and whyThat cabal of writerly canines known as the #FlashDogs. Read them, interact with them, and most importantly, learn from them. They have had a massive influence on my writing.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Not every week, but I try and participate in the Luminous Creatures Press contest, Angry Hourglass and Three Line Thursday.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? The occasional amateurish poem. Sometimes I’ll write a personal essay about depression and whatnot.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I’m most comfortable writing in the gritty realism style. I like to explore what lurks beneath the masks we all wear.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  My daughter is six and she loves princesses, so I’m working on a surreal fairy tale for her.

10) How do you feel about dragons? They horde gold, breathe fire, and live in solitude. What’s not to like?

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