Sixty Seconds with: Katie Morford

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 first timer Katie Morford.  She may be a first-time winner, but she’s no stranger here at FF: she’s won other mentions (including an HM at Flashversary); and she was part of the team from Crosshair Press featured on a Spotlight interviewRead more about her here; read her winning story herethen take one minute to get to know her better below!

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? The first line and voice dropped into my head, bold as brass, and I had to discover who she was!

2) How long have you been writing flash? Confession time: this was only my fourth flash fiction piece! Beginner’s luck? I’m a reluctant convert thanks to Rebekah’s prodding. {Editor’s Note: Just looking out for you, sweet Katie!}

3) What do you like about flash? I love concise, visual prose that uses atmosphere to create rich themes and characters. So, flash dovetails with my style.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Your most valuable asset is your authentic voice. Every writer has fears, but great writers push through it to success.

5) Who is a flash writer we should follow, and why? As a newbie, I hardly feel qualified to answer this question! I’d say Tamara Shoemaker’s work for its emotional depth.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I haven’t yet, but I want to. I dipped my toes in with Flash!Friday and am overwhelmed by my welcome!

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I just released my novel, Kenan, under pen name Karis Waters, and I blog regularly about my life and travels.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I usually gravitate toward spec or historical fiction. More “scope for the imagination” and the setting/culture are characters in themselves.

9) Tell us about a WIP. I’m juggling a space opera with an Arabic gypsy and the Kenan sequel—featuring an Appalachian ex-hooker and Turkish assassins.

10) How do you feel about dragons? Love them—provided they heat my house in cold, wet England and forego eating me (unwelcome visitors are free game). 


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