How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
I began writing as a kid and have always wanted to write but was discouraged by cripplingly bad handwriting. The appearance of my work was always the focus, never the content. So my stories and poems stayed in my head and rarely made it to paper. A few years ago I took a writing class and composing on computer allowed my writing to be the focus. It has freed my words in ways I am still discovering.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
I am a writer who is also a pragmatist. I enjoy getting to the point. There is a fun challenge in keeping a story to a specific length and that makes me pay closer attention to the work each word does.
Describe your writing process.
My process is all over the place. Partly because I am still working on developing routines and partly because I lead a busy life that I am trying to fit writing into. I love finding words that are not in common usage and including them in my pieces. A part of every story or poem is finding words that work for me but also make me work for them.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
Mus musculus came during a walk through a local prairie during a drought. I had recently seen a viral video of a farm overrun with rats and I started thinking about the damage they did and the story grew from there. I chose the common house mouse because they seem so cute and harmless individually but a million of them… maybe not so much.
What are you working on now?
Right now I am focusing on writing poetry and going to readings, festivals, and taking classes to improve my skills. I am a member of a fantastic poetry workshopping group (http://www.cupoetry.com/). If you are in Central Illinois feel free to come to a workshop.