Sixty Seconds with: Image Ronin

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 Image Ronin. 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?  Reading a newspaper article on Yiwu over my morning espresso, every image and word made my heart sink. (It’s this one.)

2) How long have you been writing flash? About a year … wish I could say longer, or hint at childhood passions. Truth is writing only found me recently. And I’m richer for it.

3) What do you like about writing flash? The challenge. The art of being succinct. And the incredible community of writers that have (hopefully) accepted me.

4) OK, so you’re a Flash! Friday winner AND a new dragon captain? Impressive!! But what possessed you to agree to judging?? Bribery? No, the fault lies purely with Mark King and David Shakes. Their passion for supporting all in the flash community was incentive enough to put something back.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and whyI run with the #flashdogs, all of whom are incredible – though the imagination and imagery of @voimaoy never fails to inspire.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Sporadically. Mainly The Angry Hourglass, Micro Bookends, Luminous Creatures, Three Line Thursday and Paper Swans … hmm think I have an issue….

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Short stories, terrible poetry and I have a novel nearing completion ….

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Anything that fractures the way my world feels. It’s less about genre and more about the concept for the reader in me.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  Trainspotting meets Casablanca via Close Encounters. A girl, an alien race, the end of the world and The Cure on a battered walkman.

10) How do you feel about dragons? As Pratchett put it “It’s a metaphor of human bloody existence, a dragon. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s also a bloody great hot flying thing.”

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