How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
I decided when I was a teenager that I would be a writer. It has come in fits and starts since then, but finally I have achieved the consistency of effort and production that I feel validates me as a writer.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
I believe any piece of fiction should be as long as it needs to be, and no longer, and I also believe most pieces are longer than they need to be. The acceptance of flash fiction as a form allows the writer to stop at virtually any point. It also inspires writers to conceptualize experiences or concepts as singular events, and craft them into very short stories. The brevity allows for the writer to in a sense supercharge a story with artistry that a reader can retrieve through repeated readings.
Describe your writing process.
My process is all over the place. I write in longhand with a pencil in any of a few notebooks I am using at any given time. I write when inspiration strikes and I have time and energy. I commute by train and bus and do a lot of my writing then. When something is finished there, I transfer it to my laptop. Then I edit. Then I polish. When I’m not feeling inspired to work on new stuff, I tinker with old stuff.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
I was working very hard on my dialogue at the time and decided to try to tell a story in which the dialogue itself functions as the main character and more or less implies the rest.
What are you working on now?
I have a number of finished pieces—short stories, flash fiction, free verse, prose poems, a novella—several more in various stages of editing/revising/polishing, and a bunch I have in mind to start. I’ll give them attention as they demand it, time and energy permitting.