How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
Originally, this piece was an assignment for a unit on World War Two in my British Literature class. After I had submitted my assignment to my teacher, James Thibault, who is a published writer himself, he approached me a few weeks later and mentioned that my paper had the potential to be published. He was definitely the driving force that made me want to pursue publication.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
Prior to this paper, I hadn’t written much outside of class assignments. My inspiration just came from encouragement from my teacher to turn my paper into a short story. However, I have always enjoyed writing fictional pieces throughout my English and writing classes.
Describe your writing process.
If anything, my pre-writing process consists of just getting every To-Do List item out of the way, so I can focus better on writing. Other than that, sometimes when I get frustrated with my work, I put it down for a few hours and do something else, then come back to it.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
The inspiration for A Warmth in Winter came from a book called The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck. The book describes a town in World War Two that was occupied by German forces. I was very interested by the book’s description of the Nazi soldiers and how they were sometimes uncomfortably close to acting human. When I was assigned to write a short story from the perspective of a German soldier, I had a bit more background to work from.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am not working on any short fiction stories, but a research paper on Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Hopefully, I will get back into writing more creative pieces in the future.