I used to always write stories as a child and loved to read. I suppose it would be natural that I would one day want to write them for myself. In 2013 I started studying an English Literature with Creative Writing combined undergraduate degree at Bath Spa University because I wanted to learn more about honing my craft. During my first year I discovered flash fiction and enjoyed writing them so much I haven’t looked back since.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
No what – who: Tania Hershman and Calum Kerr. Tania performed at reading at Bath Spa University and read from her collection ‘My Mother Was An Upright Piano’ and I immediately fell in love with her writing, and this particular collection has been hugely inspiring to me. Through this exposure to flash fiction I discovered National Flash Fiction Day and its director Calum Kerr, whose numerous flash fiction collections and dedication to celebrating everything that flash fiction represents, has had a profound influence on me.
Describe your writing process.
I just get on with it. It’s easier said than done but sometimes you just need to sit down and get writing. There’s no “right” time to write for me – sometimes a story appears so fully formed in my head that I write it down immediately, other times I can’t – but I always carry a notebook or my phone so I can take notes so I don’t forget any ideas! (Trust me – you won’t “just remember it”) I always revise my writing numerous times. Every single word matters in a flash fiction because you don’t have a large word count to play with but, if anything, flash fiction shows that you don’t need thousands and thousands of words to tell a story. If I’m not writing I’m reading – reading is so important because that is how you learn what works and what doesn’t.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
I believe that all fiction, whatever its length, is really about what it is to be human. As cheesy at it sounds I would say that life is my inspiration. In my writing I like to to one of two things (or both); to delve into the thoughts of my characters to reveal to the reader what they are really thinking, or take how we imagine we would act in a situation but present it as real life. Most of all, I just like to have fun with what I’m writing. (Santino has two stories on FT500: Lens and Private.)
What are you working on now?
Reading, writing, writing, and reading. I’m slowly but surely building up my portfolio of published flash fiction (a list of which is available on my website, as well as details about upcoming publications, if you’re interested: https://tinoprinzi.wordpress.com/ ) and hopefully this will lead to me writing and publishing a flash fiction pamphlet or collection. I aspire to one day write a novel, but I’m incredibly fond of writing flash fiction for now. Beyond that, I’m working on my academic interests, which include European Literature of the 19th Century to the present day, and Digital Humanities.