Sixty Seconds II with: Taryn Noelle Kloeden

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 (for her second time!) is Taryn Noelle Kloeden.  Read her winning story here. Then for fun!!! read her first #SixtySeconds interview (from July 2014) here. Then take another minute to get to know her better below.

1) What about the prompts inspired your winning piece?  I was struck by the juxtaposition of old and new. I thought a story of reincarnation would reflect that.

2) Do you outline, or are you more of a discovery writer? I outline longer projects, but tend to “pants” short fiction. Although, even when I do outline I tend to stray…

3) How has your approach to flash changed since your last win (in July)? Back then I saw the constrained space as an obstacle; now I try to tell stories that are enhanced by it.

4) When did you begin writing fiction? The first story I wrote was “Snail’s Special Day” when I was 5ish. It was about a snail’s birthday party.

5) Introduce us to a favorite character in one of your stories. Kellan from my fantasy series is fun, he seems carefree but isn’t. I love discovering what’s actually going through his head.

6) What books have influenced your life the most? The Call of the Wild, The Sight, The Prydain Chronicles, LOTR, Narnia, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Harry Potter, and more.

7) What are you currently reading?  The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, I dig the snarky narration.  Plus a couple writer friends’ manuscripts.

8) How do you combat writer’s block? I free-write about anything, not necessarily what I want to be working on, but something to destroy the dreaded blank page.

9) What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? How about the worst? To not judge myself while I’m writing, that’s what editing and revising are for. I can’t think of any terrible advice I’ve been given though, probably because my writer buds are all so talented and lovely! 

10) What do you admire most about dragons?  They have many admirable qualities, but I rather adore their independent spirit and ceaseless wit. That and the wings.

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