Author Profile: Elias Keller


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

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:

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