I started writing in high school, mainly because of much of the reading assigned to me in English classes and that I felt I had something to say myself.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
The idea of flash fiction came from the Fox Valley Writers Group, where the coordinator, Kevin Moriarity, presented prompts to encourage participants to put together stories (or at least start them) in a short time frame (about seven minutes each). Sometimes, I could write a complete story in that time and some of those stories were of good enough quality to submit for publication on sites like Fewerthan500.com.
Describe your writing process.
I tend to write best at night, especially late night. It seems like that’s when my brain is more open to the free-flow of ideas. My writing style tends to be stream-of-consciousness, using a concept for a starting point and just letting my mind go where it wants to. Some stories will require research, especially historical pieces, where details of mannerisms, everyday objects, food, social norms might not be present today. With science fiction, some research must be done for concepts that may not have been fully explored or at least a grounding in science is needed before fleshing out an idea that doesn’t exist yet. I guess I do revisions and rewrites at different times of the day, depending on how inspired I am about doing the work, especially rewriting.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
The story “Clued In” was inspired by the game “Clue” and the movie based on it, although I clearly jumped in toward the end of the mystery. As someone who grew up during the 1980s, it was fun to write about something like that.
“Taken For a Ride” came from a writing prompt that I came up with. With the Olympics set for Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and stories about unlicensed taxis being used to kidnap foreigners, the story looked at what an American couple might come up against, anxiety and all, if this were to happen to them.
What are you working on now?
I recently finished working on three stories and submitting them for an upcoming anthology being put together by the Fox Valley Writers Group. I’m intermittently working on new stories, so keep an eye out for more submissions.