Tag Archive | Jeff Tsuruoka

Sixty Seconds III with: Erin Mccabe

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 Erin McCabe. This is her third win (the first were in Year One; she’s long overdue!). Be sure to check out her bio and previous interview at her winner’s page! Read her winning story here, then take one minute to get to know her better.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece? The isolation of the girl in the sea who to me seemed to be waiting with silent resolve.

2) What do you like about writing flash? To start something without a plan, let it evolve, finish it and submit within an hour, is incredibly satisfying.

3) How has your flash changed over the past couple of years? Through greater practice, I definitely feel my pieces evolve faster now and have a stronger and more confident voice.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? For me the ending of a story is paramount, it must be purposeful and leave the reader feeling utterly satisfied.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and whyImage Ronin never fails to impress me with his entries each week, which always range in diversity, flow and tone.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I have submitted entries to the Mid-Week Blues Buster. Admittedly, I struggle to find time to write for any others.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I concentrate mainly on flash and short fiction, I’ve just had my first one published – The Dead Files, Edition 5.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Definitely black comedy and horror, most of what I write ultimately ends up having dark edges, often unintended.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  I need to fully develop the Zombie short written for The Dead Files; it’s a persistent and annoying writing itch.

10) How do you feel about dragons? A deeper love for Dragons developed when writing my entry for Flashversary 2013 (the prompt was a carved dragon’s head).

Editor’s Note: Flashversary 2014 kicks off at 12:01am THIS FRIDAY!!!! Don’t miss it!

Sixty Seconds with: A J Walker

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)

Matchlight

Our newest Flash! Friday winner is A J Walker. Read his winning story here. Then take a minute to get to know him better!

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  Firstly, a pint of Hank and Trapper’s Hat! Image shrieked of fear and suspicion, but with the phone of normality.

2) How long have you been writing flash? Three years or so, but only seriously (i.e. often) over the last year.

3) What do you like about flash? Taking a fresh course each time to an unknown destination. The challenge of creating something tangible on a blank page.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? I’ll just say 1) do it and 2) don’t worry about others liking it – as long you do. Enjoy it!

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Catherine Connolly, who is currently enjoying great Flash momentum. Catherine’s in my writing group too! 

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I love VisDare (hosted by Angela Goff), which always has great photo prompts. I used to do Trifecta (RIP). Occasionally do Mid-Week Blues Buster (hosted by Jeff Tsuruoka).

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? An occasional beer blog called Scrawling Home. Very occasional twee poems. And far too much Twittering. A possible novel… 

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Fun fantasy stories with attempted realism. Or real stories with attempted fun and fantasy.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  I have quite a neat idea for a time travel novel. Or maybe I’ve not had that yet.

10) How do you feel about dragons? There’s a nice one in my local pub who lives in their cellar and keeps their central heating nicely toasty.