I started writing about ten years ago. We lived in Greece, and loved it. The sense of history I felt inspired me to try my hand at an historical fiction novel about the Persian Wars: Marathon, Thermopylae, and Salamis. My prose was terrible; I needed to learn how to write. I took some University of Texas classes and began to compose short stories. I received a truckload of rejections; the first acceptance came after three years. Since then, over sixty of my stories have been published.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
I don’t start with the idea of writing a flash piece. For short stories, an element of life pops into my head and I imagine a character thrust into the situation. The length depends on when the characters have their epiphany.
Describe your writing process.
I write every day. Mornings are best. Unlike real life, fiction must be believable. That drives my research. The innovative idea can’t be programmed, it just happens. A new story line might surface through an offhand comment, a photograph, or a memory. I read to stimulate ideas.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
Love is rarely unconditional. We might want to downplay how much what we do defines us, and determines how others feel about us, but it matters.
What are you working on now?
My novel, Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story will be published in October by Harvard Square Editions. Sign up for my blog on the “Contact” page at http://joe-giordano.com/
I’ve started my second novel, a literary thriller yet unnamed. I hope you won’t be able to put it down.