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? I wanted to explore the old lady’s past and find a moment that defined the rest of her life.
2) How long have you been writing flash? A few years in private. About four months in public.
3) What do you like about writing flash? ? I love the leanness of it: removing excess verbiage and letting the reader do some of the work.
4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Good dialogue is a real workhorse: make room for it.
5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Following on from the last question, Holly Geely writes great dialogue.
6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Three Line Thursday regularly. Finish that Thought occasionally. My weekends fill up quickly so I don’t make it to Flash Frenzy as often as I’d like.
7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I have a few unfinished novels which are destined to stay that way. I write the occasional short story when an idea can’t be contained in flash.
8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I love horror, but it’s probably the genre I write least. I should really do something about that.
9) Tell us about a WIP. I’m adapting my FF-winning story into a short story. I think it deserves a little more room to breathe.
10) How do you feel about dragons? As an Englishman I must apologise for our choice of patron saint.