How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
As a child I was inordinately fond of novels and I’ve been writing fiction since I was about twenty. Three authors that first inspired me to write are Theodore Dreiser, André Gide and Jack London.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
The challenge of writing a compelling narrative in a very small space and also knowing that very short fiction often works best for an online format. Longer fiction I still prefer to read on paper.
Describe your writing process.
I write shortly after waking up. I make a journal entry, study some vocab and then do some reading, almost always non-fiction. Then to work writing or revising stories. I keep my phone off when working and I write all first drafts with pen and paper.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
Exactly what the story is: I found a discarded birthday card and wrote about it.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a novel. Readers can see my other published short stories and learn about my first novel, a re-envisioning of Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, at my website: www.eliaskeller.com.