Author Profile: Michael C Keith

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

I think I knew that when I was a kid. I’m told by my mother that I wrote little stories when I was around 10. Mostly about furry animals and creatures from other worlds.

What inspired you to write flash fiction?

Flash is a great art form. It’s very demanding. One most muster all of one’s abilities to get a piece that really stands on its own within the unique requirements of the genre. It asks you to convey a world with the fewest words .

Describe your writing process.

Early morning is my best time to write. Typically I rise between 5 and 6, make coffee, and head to my computer. Of course, I head there with an idea often scribbled on a piece of paper. Once I’m into a story, I may write at different points throughout the day. Rather than outline, I do a quick sketch of my story idea. This may amount to a sentence fragment or two. When I write longer stories, I usually do a quick outline. If I’m dealing with a subject I know little about, I research it to get the facts right.

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

“After” is based in my sense of how desperate and disturbed someone can be who’s suffered a traumatic experience. Life can be a very dark place for them.

What are you working on now?

I’m always working on a story or attempting to come up with a valid idea for one. My 10th short story collection (Slow Transit) will be published this year by Cervena Barva Press, and I’m already assembling stories for a possible future collection.

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