Sixty Seconds II with: Rachael Dunlop

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)

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Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Rachael Dunlop.  Read her winning story here. Note that this is her second win — read her first #SixtySeconds interview (from Aug 2014) here. Then take another minute to get to know her better below.

1) What about the prompts inspired your winning piece?  The wordplay with blunder and blunderbuss. Both lovely words. They suggest something bumbling, but can be deadly.

2) Do you outline, or are you more of a discovery writer? Any outline I’ve ever written has been entirely ignored. I’m a pantser – I write by the seat of my pants.

3) How would you describe your writing style? Eclectic – each and every story comes out differently. Specific – I like to create a precise image in the reader’s head.

4) When did you begin writing fiction? I  always intended to ‘be a writer’ but didn’t really start properly until about ten years ago.

5) Introduce us to a favorite character in one of your stories. Max – he’s an old-school New York banker, all high collars and handmade suits. Living in a post-apocalyptic Manhattan.

6) What books have influenced your life the most? That. Is. Impossible. To. Answer. (But probably Brideshead Revisited and The Great Gatsby).

7) What are you currently reading?  Vigilante by Shelley Harris. Brilliant (and funny) portrait of a middle-aged woman taking control of her life.

8) How do you combat writer’s block? Discipline. You sit, you write. Every day. If something isn’t working, go write something else until the answer comes.

9) What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?  Bring ALL the senses into even the shortest story – taste, smell, touch – to make the story rich and vivid.

10) What do you admire most about dragons?  The aplomb with which they carry off those scales. Fierce. That, and their love of chocolate.

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