Tag Archive | Terry Pratchett

Sixty Seconds with: Image Ronin

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 Image Ronin. Be sure to check out his bio at his winner’s page! Read his winning story here, then take one minute to get to know him better.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  Reading a newspaper article on Yiwu over my morning espresso, every image and word made my heart sink. (It’s this one.)

2) How long have you been writing flash? About a year … wish I could say longer, or hint at childhood passions. Truth is writing only found me recently. And I’m richer for it.

3) What do you like about writing flash? The challenge. The art of being succinct. And the incredible community of writers that have (hopefully) accepted me.

4) OK, so you’re a Flash! Friday winner AND a new dragon captain? Impressive!! But what possessed you to agree to judging?? Bribery? No, the fault lies purely with Mark King and David Shakes. Their passion for supporting all in the flash community was incentive enough to put something back.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and whyI run with the #flashdogs, all of whom are incredible – though the imagination and imagery of @voimaoy never fails to inspire.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Sporadically. Mainly The Angry Hourglass, Micro Bookends, Luminous Creatures, Three Line Thursday and Paper Swans … hmm think I have an issue….

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Short stories, terrible poetry and I have a novel nearing completion ….

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Anything that fractures the way my world feels. It’s less about genre and more about the concept for the reader in me.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  Trainspotting meets Casablanca via Close Encounters. A girl, an alien race, the end of the world and The Cure on a battered walkman.

10) How do you feel about dragons? As Pratchett put it “It’s a metaphor of human bloody existence, a dragon. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s also a bloody great hot flying thing.”

Sixty Seconds II with: Craig Anderson

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 latest Flash! Friday winner (for his 2nd time) is Craig Anderson.  Read his winning story here, then take one minute to get to know him better. (Read his first interview here.)

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? The sheer size of the cloud made me wonder how it got so huge. That got me thinking about the life cycle of a storm.

2) Do you outline, or are you more of a discovery writer? Pure discovery. Most of the time I have a destination in mind, I’m just not sure which path I’ll take to get there.

3) How would you describe your writing style? I write humour with a touch of depth. My goal is to make my readers laugh, but I love it when I can also make them think.

4) When did you begin writing fiction? For as long as I can remember. In high school a substitute English teacher once accused me of copying my story out of a book. I was both offended and flattered.

5) Introduce us to a favorite character in one of your stories. My current favorite is Lucky the otterhound from ‘Getting Lucky‘ (free here). Dogs are fun to write, they are pure happiness but can’t talk so you have to get creative to convey their feelings.

6) What books have influenced your life the most? Anything by Terry Pratchett. He takes every day subjects and somehow makes them hilarious. He inspired me to start writing.

7) What are you currently reading? I’m in the middle of Inferno by Dan Brown. Thanks to the movies my previous mental image of Robert Langdon has been replaced with Tom Hanks.

8) How do you combat writer’s blockI don’t write my stories in order, I always write what I feel like writing. If there isn’t a scene that fits my mood, I’ll write a short story instead. I accidentally wrote a 20k novella the last time I got stuck on my full length novel!   

9) What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given? Don’t copy another writer’s style, even someone you admire. Find your own voice. Then use it to write about something you love, not what’s currently ‘trendy’.

10) What do you admire most about dragons? Their retirement planning. What exactly do dragons spend all that treasure on anyway? [[Editor’s note: That’s proprietary information.]]