How and when did you decide, or discover, that you were to be a writer?
I was actually nine years old. We had writing assignments in fourth grade where you were supposed to choose between four or five different prompts, pick one and write a story. I’d always write stories on every prompt. At the end of the year, my teacher pulled me aside and said I should think about becoming a writer when I grew up.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
I love flash for so many reasons, but mainly because you have to start right in the action and each word has to matter. You can’t coast.
Describe your writing process.
I write full-time and take it very serious, treating it like a job. So I’m at my desk by no later than 9am until five or six. I’m not a fan of revision, but understand it’s necessary. For flash and poetry, I’ll read the piece out loud, tweak, and then repeat a couple of times. For the latest novel I’m working on, I belong to a fantastic writing group. We don’t pull punches on our critiques, and it always inspires me, so consequently I always integrate their feedback, sometimes starting at midnight when I return from our meetings in Seattle.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
A couple of years ago, in the wee hours of the morning with incredibly thick fog, I was driving home from Portland and hit a coyote in the middle of the freeway. It was a shocking experience. So I sort of used that, but in a setting where you have a troubled marriage and this (the collision) becomes a tipping point.
What are you working on now?
My latest collection I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE AND NEITHER ARE YOU just came out from Unknown Press and it’s available on Amazon. Most of my best stories are in it. Also, as I mentioned, I’m working on a novel about a sixteen year old girl who’s dad is an Elvis impersonator and her mother disappeared without a trace a year prior.