WELCOME to a special edition of Flash! Future! For Rebekah and me, Fire&Ice has always been about y’all: giving back to, and uplifting this community, as much as we’re able in the sliver of time that we have. To that end, we’re taking the next two Flash! Future Sundays to spotlight a few brave dragons, some who’ve been with us from The Before Times with Flash! Friday, and some who are new—and oh so welcome!—in the lair. Today, it is our privilege to introduce you to two writers who have caught our fiery Judges’ eyes on more than one occasion with multiple shout-outs and even, in Maggie’s case, a Runner Up! Join us as we sit down with P.A. Duncan (known to her friends as “Maggie”) and Bill Engleson for a quick check in on them, their books, and life in 2020. As always, your comments are most welcome!
Name: P.A. Duncan
BIO: P. A. Duncan is a former aviation safety official and ex-bureaucrat with an overactive imagination. She writes about history, politics, and spies in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where she also watches NASCAR, cheers for the New York Yankees, and spoils grandchildren.
Tell us, what’s 2020 been like for you?
(P.A. Duncan:) This year has not been easy on any of us. I thought in lockdown I’d find plenty of time to write, and I did. Sort of. I decided to try a flash-publishing experiment: three books in three months. That kept me so busy formatting, getting covers done, reviewing proofs, etc., that I hardly had time to write—until Flash!Friday and NaNoWriMo came along.
Could you share some of your personal hopes and goals for 2021?
(P.A. Duncan:) For 2021, I hope to publish two novels and a collection of short stories—though in 12 months not three—and I hope to join my fellow Fire&Ice writers for even more flash fiction!
Give us the blurb for your next published work!
A cabal recruits two boys for a mission that could cost one his life. A man trapped in East Berlin will do anything to return to his family. From these lives we learn love is eternal and forgives almost anything.
But love is also sometimes the perfect companion for death.
Description of Love Death: A Cold War Novel, inspired by “Liebestod” from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde; publication date: 2/14/21
Looking for more? Check out P.A. Duncan’s links below!
Name: Bill Engleson
What’s 2020 looked like for you?
(Bill Engleson:) I wish I could say that a lot has changed for me. I am a volunteer…zoom helps with that. I am a writer and I have certainly written oodles during the Pandemic. In fact this winter, my poetry will appear in their anthologies, two of them Pandemic-themed.
What are your hopes & goals for 2021?
(Bill Engleson:) I am seventy-three. For 2021, I hope for a productive writing year and my share of good health.
What words of encouragement would you offer our fellow writers?
My dear fellow writers, keep writing. Flash, whatever you write and share your work at every opportunity.
Have a blurb of your published work to share?
Like a Child to Home is my first published work. It tells the story of Wally Rose, a Provincial Government Child Protection Worker, and the kids in his charge. Yes, it is slightly autobiographical…slightly.
Do check out the links below!