How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
I only began writing this year at the encouragement of Noah Nichols, whose story The Result is published here on FewerThan500.com. I am also the editor for his soon-to-be-released novel, No Net. I have been an editor/proofreader for a couple years, and I unexpectedly became hooked on writing as soon as I started. It has opened up a whole world for me that I feel I had unknowingly been missing out on. Thinking back, though, I have always enjoyed writing, but I got distracted or lost the motivation somewhere along the way. Thank you, Noah, for believing in me!
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
I have enjoyed writing short stories ever since I won a short story contest in third grade. When I hear of challenges such as writing a story in 500 words or less, it inspires me to try it to see if I can accomplish it. Once I complete one, it makes me want to do another. It’s an addictive cycle that I don’t want to end.
Describe your writing process.
I don’t really have a specific writing process—sometimes I just start writing without much of a plan and see where it takes me, and that can be fun (or scary). I am almost always surprised by where the story goes, and that in itself makes me want to keep going. When it comes to revising, I find it is better to take a break for a day or two after writing before coming back for revisions. It helps me to get a better perspective on what I’ve written.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
I happened to listen to several songs in a row one night that mentioned oceans/water/drowning, and I wondered what it would be like if what you think will kill you is actually what makes you really start living.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a novel called Future Tense, and a short story compilation, and also will soon be putting the finishing touches on another novel co-written with Noah Nichols called Our Strands of Sand. There are plans in the works for more novels as well.