Tag Archive | Stephen King

Sixty Seconds II with: Steph Ellis

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 Steph Ellis.  Read her winning story here. We’re delighted to report this is her second win — read her first #SixtySeconds interview (from Jan 1st) here and be sure to check out her freshly updated winner’s page. Then take another minute to get to know her still better below.

1) What about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy inspired your winning ode?  The memory of reading ‘Ode to a Lump of Green Putty I found under my Armpit’ as a 12 year old. 

2) Do you outline, or are you more of a discovery writer? More a discovery.  I have a vague idea and then write my way into it.

3) How would you describe your writing style? A tendency to be dark, definitely genre rather than literary.

4) When did you begin writing fiction? I did a short fiction course in my 30s but was told my writing didn’t fit ‘normal’ markets so I stopped.  Started again a couple of years ago.

5) Introduce us to a favorite character in one of your stories. Maggoty Pie appears as part magpie, part human and features in my children’s WIP; usually carries a bag of worms with him.

6) What books have influenced your life the most? Dickens. I first started reading him at 11yrs and he’s stayed with me; he’s my literary comfort blanket.

7) What are you currently reading?  Have just finished Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake; about to start A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James.

8) How do you combat writer’s block? I haven’t actually had a serious case yet.  I have a few blank moments but then I just write and it takes shape on its own.

9) What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? I’ve never been given specific advice, but I love Stephen King’s On Writing. I go back to that when self-doubt strikes.

10) What do you admire most about dragons? Y Ddraig Goch have a very good rugby team.

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Sixty Seconds II with: Chris Milam

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 Chris Milam.  Read his winning story here. Note that this is his second win — read his first #SixtySeconds interview (from Nov 2014) here. Then take another minute to get to know him better below.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  When I saw the photo I immediately thought of digital angels and relationships. And ghostly machines. It grew from there.

2) Do you outline, or are you more of a discovery writer? No outlining. A story percolates in my mind until I can see the arc of the plot unfold seamlessly.

3) How would you describe your writing style? A  talented writer friend of mine said my style was “spun-gold grit.” It made me smile. I’ll go with that.

4) When did you begin writing fiction? I started writing fiction a touch over a year ago. Still have no idea what I’m doing. At all.

5) Introduce us to a favorite character in one of your stories. Henry, my adorable sociopath, has appeared in a few of my stories. He is a monster, a devilishly handsome one.

6) What books have influenced your life the most? Red Harvest, The Kite Runner, All the Pretty Horses, Knockemstiff, Bonfire of the Vanities. Anything from Stephen King. Many others.

7) What are you currently reading? I’m rereading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Her prose is so lush and delightful. Wonderful book.

8) How do you combat writer’s block? I’ll put on some music and focus on stringing together a few words. Just write one sentence. Usually works.

9) What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?  Write the story that only you can write. Embrace your unique voice, and let your ink create something magical. 

10) What do you admire most about dragons?  Well, the menacing fire-breather perched next to me is nudging me to say “their bravery and winsome smile.”

Sixty Seconds II with: Michael Seese

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 back-to-back champ Michael Seese.  Read his winning story here. Read his first #SixtySeconds interview (all the way from last week) here. Then take another minute to get to know him better below.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece? I’m reading Under The Dome. A character reflects on using a magnifying glass to burn ants. But I did ants last week. So I went “bigger.”

2) Do you outline, or are you more of a discovery writer? Generally I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer. But I’m about to start a complicated thriller. So I’m writing down… more of a road map than a true outline, plus character bios.

3) How would you describe your writing style? I’m not sure anyone has ever used the word “style” that close to my writing.

4) When did you begin writing fiction? The first fiction piece that I can recall writing started shortly after college. It’s a YA thriller. And I’m STILL trying to find an agent for it.

5) Introduce us to a favorite character in one of your stories. I really like the completely creepy titular character from Jerald’s Joke, which is the second story in the No Strings Attached series. Speaking of which (AHEM) the first story, Rebecca’s Fall From will be free AGAIN today on Amazon.

6) What books have influenced your life the most? The Encyclopedia. When I was a kid, I would read it for fun. I guess that’s why I kick butt at Trivial Pursuit, and throwing weird factoids into my writing.

7) What are you currently reading? As mentioned above, Under The Dome. One word: WOW! Though if pressed for a second word: LONG.

8) How do you combat writer’s block? What’s that? Seriously.

9) What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? The great advice would have to be “show, don’t tell.” But it was reading an example of it that I would cite as the “best” part. It’s not automatic for me yet. But when I do… DAMN, I’m proud!

10) What do you admire most about dragons?  The fact that they’ve managed to stay out of zoos this long.