Author Profile: Eileen Kimbrough

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How and when did you decide or discover, that you were to be a writer?

I began writing fairly recently. I didn’t decide to be a writer. It just evolved. As a visual artist, I began incorporating letters and words into my paintings. I made sculptures from old books.

When I was going through some personal problems, I began waking with fully formed poems in my mind. I had to get them on paper quickly so they couldn’t float away into that vast sea of lost ideas. I don’t know where they came from. I had never studied poetry and didn’t read it much. I’m still puzzled that it came to me this easily. I was encouraged to write more and put some into my art. My self-published chap-book, was titled, “Painting With Words” after I discovered writing was very similar to visual arts.

What inspired you to write flash fiction?

Flash fiction fit well with how I write, usually very short. I started with a few short stories and six word stories. I’m used to cutting excess and expressing ideas in few words. I think that comes from poetry.

Describe your writing process.

I don’t have a schedule or special place to write. I try to write when an idea comes. If it can’t be written immediately, I keep it in a notebook, where I also collect interesting words or phrases. When I choose one to write about, it usually flows until it is done. I don’t know where it is going until it is done. Not much revision.

I do a lot of writing in the car when I’m not driving, while waiting in a doctor’s office, or when my husband is watching TV.

What was the inspiration behind what was published on Fewer Than 500.com?

The inspiration for “She” came from a personal experience which was altered and expanded for this story.

What are you working on now?

Now I am putting together two new poetry books that I hope to publish soon. I am waiting for a confirmation of acceptance from Finishing Line Press, since they notified that they would like to publish a collection of thirty poems that I submitted, my first submission, except for The Naperville Writers Group for their “Rivulets” book.

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