Author Profile: Monica Wang

MonicaWang

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

In second grade, our teacher asked us to record our thoughts in these tiny yellow notebooks for a week (first entry had to be a review of Phantom of the Opera). I kept writing in it after that, though it took me a while to get to fiction.

What inspired you to write flash fiction?

Comments on my papers in university almost always included “Concise” or “This is rather under the word limit”… Plus I like short works by Alice Munro, Roald Dahl, and Ray Bradbury. 

Describe your writing process.

I start writing/rewriting after midnight, when it’s quiet and dark, and stop at dawn. I sit on the floor with my laptop on a low surface or a notebook in my lap. When things goes well, I have tea; when they don’t, I eat. Last night I had a bowl of peas and Cheerios in water with imitation bacon bits.

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

It started as a joke response to a prompt. I expanded the story over a month before greatly improving it by cutting out half the text and all traces of the prompt.

What are you working on now?

Entering contests. Soon I’ll begin revising a story due to appear in Torquere Press’s Fool for Love anthology in April. It’s my first piece of romance/humour, though more than anything it’s about being insecure.

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