How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
I’ve been an avid, voracious reader since my early childhood. My mom once chastised me for reading a dictionary in my room, saying I could go out to a park and have fun. “But I am having fun,” I protested. After reading a few thousand books, I decided I wanted to write them too.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
My day job is as a reporter, and I write newspaper articles all day every day, so the short form comes naturally to me.
Describe your writing process.
I write whenever I get the chance, for as long as I can. Often I like to listen to an audio book or a Daily Show clip or something akin to that on YouTube while writing.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
It was loosely based on an interview I did with a formerly homeless musician who turned his life around. What struck me was the compassion another homeless man in a transient hotel had for him in advising him to go park his car in front of the police station.
What are you working on now?
I frequently appear on the local NPR station and recently took part in a show at iO Theater in Chicago, I’m constantly writing and publishing short fiction and poetry, and cranking out newspaper articles and freelance journalism. And of course I’m working on a novel. Please read my eventual novel.