Author Profile: Jim Freeze

 

Freeze3How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?

That is not easy to answer because I finally started three years ago after I retired and mainly to have something to do. I have been thinking about writing since I was 15 or 16 years old but always found a reason to put it aside until my retirement.

What inspired you to write flash fiction?

I was not aware of flash fiction until I saw it on a couple of sites on the Internet. It seemed like a fun challenge and I like challenges.

Describe your writing process.

I don’t really have a specific writing process. Some days I feel like writing and that’s when I try to make things happen and then other days I look for and study sites that I can submit stories. I do have a book I’ve put together, let me rephrase that, I continue to put together and I call it stuff I may use some day. It currently consists of forty-eight pages and 674 line items from a couple of words to a couple paragraphs per item. It has proven to be very helpful.

What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?

I was sitting at a fast food restaurant, watching three guys talking. You might want to call them rednecks as they worked diligently to see which one of them could tell the biggest lie about himself and believe at the same time the other two actually believed him. Inspiration comes to me from just about anywhere. I think now, I just pay more attention to my surroundings than I ever did before.

What are you working on now?

I’ve written 110 stories since I began three years ago. My earlier stories were much longer, 7500 words to as much as 28,000 words. In the last year and the last fifty-eight stories, I’ve written have run between 100 words and 4500 words. I enjoy entering contests which have a theme, so that is mostly what I’ve been working on recently.

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