Sixty Seconds III with: Erin Mccabe

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 Erin McCabe. This is her third win (the first were in Year One; she’s long overdue!). Be sure to check out her bio and previous interview at her winner’s page! 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 isolation of the girl in the sea who to me seemed to be waiting with silent resolve.

2) What do you like about writing flash? To start something without a plan, let it evolve, finish it and submit within an hour, is incredibly satisfying.

3) How has your flash changed over the past couple of years? Through greater practice, I definitely feel my pieces evolve faster now and have a stronger and more confident voice.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? For me the ending of a story is paramount, it must be purposeful and leave the reader feeling utterly satisfied.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and whyImage Ronin never fails to impress me with his entries each week, which always range in diversity, flow and tone.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I have submitted entries to the Mid-Week Blues Buster. Admittedly, I struggle to find time to write for any others.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I concentrate mainly on flash and short fiction, I’ve just had my first one published – The Dead Files, Edition 5.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Definitely black comedy and horror, most of what I write ultimately ends up having dark edges, often unintended.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  I need to fully develop the Zombie short written for The Dead Files; it’s a persistent and annoying writing itch.

10) How do you feel about dragons? A deeper love for Dragons developed when writing my entry for Flashversary 2013 (the prompt was a carved dragon’s head).

Editor’s Note: Flashversary 2014 kicks off at 12:01am THIS FRIDAY!!!! Don’t miss it!

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