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September 24, 2014

Cath Barton – Author Spotlight – Twisted Tales 2014

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Cath Barton is a writer, photographer and singer living in South Wales. She hopes she remains surprising, even to those who know her best.

Her flash fiction, The Last Laugh, is one of the 13 chosen by a panel of judges to be included in the upcoming Twisted Tales Anthology, Published by Raging Aardvark Publishing.

She has kindly agreed to be interviewed about her story and of her writing.

The Title of your Flash.  The Last Laugh

What was your initial motivation or prompt to write this story?  I wrote this story for as a homework assignment for my writing group, using the prompt “full moon”.

Is the character in your story a reoccurring character in your writing? No!

What sort of message of feeling are you hoping you leave your audience with? I hope the story cheers people up – there are enough solemn stories in the world (and I write quite a few of them!)

What sort of stories do you normally write? (Is this story a break from your norm?) Most of my stories are quirky. They often skirt around sorrow, regret, disturbance. This one is much more light-hearted than most of what I write.

Why is that? I sometimes think I keep writing the same story, trying to get to the nub of something.

What projects or new story lines do you have coming up in the near future? Well, the prompt for my next assignment is “There aren’t enough corners.”  That’s pretty wide open!

Do you enter many competitions for flash fiction? Not very many.

Are you a member of a writing group – either online or a physical one? I’m a member of a small writing group called “The Word Counts” in my home town of Abergavenny. There are six of us and we meet once a fortnight. We give ourselves homework and also do a writing exercise when we meet.  I also take part in a monthly writers’ “drop-in”, though frankly that doesn’t act as a spur to my writing in the same way that “The Word Counts” does.

Do you think these groups help or hinder a writers journey? Why? “The Word Counts” definitely helps. It makes me write regularly and I think we are all very supportive of one another.

What encouragement or advice do you have for emerging writers of flash fiction? Write regularly. Don’t judge your first efforts. Just do it.

How can others follow your journey?  Twitter   Facebook and her website.



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