Author Profile: GJ Hart


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

It all started at school, a teacher noticed I could string words together in a mildly competent way. If it weren’t for their encouragement, I wouldn’t be writing this now.

What inspired you to write flash fiction?

I love the discipline of flash, love the interplay between poetry and narrative and love how the truncated form allows for mood to be cast as a main character.

Describe your writing process.

I like to write early, before the day clutters things up. But I have a dirty secret: my smart phone. Shameful I know, and apologies if this sounds like a plug, but it’s so sophisticated, it allows me to write and edit where and when I please.

What was the inspiration behind what was published on

I was on a road trip, driving through the Surrey countryside. I passed a stately home for sale. Behind it, strung across a hill, a line of wind turbines. I wondered what lengths someone would need to go to afford such a place. I thought of oil and this seemed to jar with the image of the turbines. I let things run from here.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a collection of short stories.

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