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Sixty Seconds with: Ashley Gardana

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 Ashley GardanaRead her winning story here. Then take one teeny tiny minute to get to know her better in the super quick interview below.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece? It had rained earlier; I added the Chief and saw a spiritual journey. The drug use came into play without thought: I’ll blame my fingers and keyboard for that one!

2) How long have you been writing flash? I started a few months ago as an exercise to keep practicing during my work breaks. I quickly became addicted.

3) What do you like about flash? In one sitting I can create a complete story. Pressing “submit” and knowing its done is such a wonderful feeling.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? There are little stories everywhere. My advice is to observe them play out around you and put them to paper.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? I am so new to the community I feel as if I’m learning about new writers every day!

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I do. I recently discovered Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Finish That Thought (Editor’s Note: which you’ve also just won this week!), and MicroBookends. I’m always looking for more as well! (Editor’s Note: Here’s a list!)

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I participated in NaNoWriMo. After 3 years of legal writing, I felt free. Since then it’s been only fiction!

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Stories about the day-to-day life of fellow human beings. Also fantasy because I can play with the rules of reality.  

9) Tell us about a WIP. 2050s Miami when climate change is irrevocably affecting the coastline. How will the world react?

10) How do you feel about dragons? Favorably; however, if one decided to fly over my city, I’d probably run for the hills. Seems safer that way