Annie On Writing

September 25, 2014

Margie Riley – Author and Editor – Spotlight Interview

Filed under: Interview with Author,networking — Annie Evett @ 8:03 pm

Margie Riley

Margie Riley’s flash fiction has been included in prior years Twisted Tales collections. She was one of this years editors in upcoming Twisted Tales Anthology, Published by Raging Aardvark Publishing.

She has kindly agreed to be interviewed about her writing and journey as an author.

The Title of the latest Flash you have written.  Pursuit

What was your initial motivation or prompt to write this story? My sons loved skateboarding and were caught out skating down Hamilton Rd, a busy thoroughfare, and dobbed in to me by one of their teachers (not Mrs Bridges), she had a son called Michael. My elder son broke his arm on a kerb in a skateboard accident. When the title ‘Pursuit’ was suggested in the writers’ group, I thought I could make something of the combination.

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? That we can play with words and turn pursuit into pursued and back again. Are you the prey or the predator? How quickly can the tables be turned?

What sort of stories do you normally write? (Is this story a break from your norm?)  Short stories for the writers’ group—still honing my skills.

Why is that?  I love short stories. I love to read them and to write them.

What projects or new story lines do you have coming up in the near future?  There’s The Novel of course, more short stories (maybe I’ll submit one again one day) and there’s editing.

Do you enter many competitions for flash fiction? Not for a while; should grab it again.

Are you a member of a writing group – either online or a physical one? Yes to both.

Do you think these groups help or hinder a writers journey? Why?  HELP, in capital letters. I find the physical one much more effective than the online ones, though. I like the interaction and camaraderie.

What encouragement or advice do you have for emerging writers of flash fiction? Just do it. Oh, hang on, someone else said that…

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



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