John is a writer of short fiction. His stories appear online, in magazines, and anthologies such as ‘The Best Stories in a Decade’ published in 2013. Competition successes include First Prize in the 2014 Momaya annual short story competition with The Night Ape. In 2013 he read at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. John is also the organiser of the twice yearly local event Stroud Short Stories.
Johns flash fiction, The Game, 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.
He has kindly agreed to be interviewed about his story and of his writing.
The Title of your Flash The Game.
What was your initial motivation or prompt to write this story?
I wrote it a couple of years ago as a creative writing course exercise.
Is the character in your story a reoccurring character in your writing?
No. Although quite a few of my characters seem to eat chips.
What sort of message of feeling are you hoping you leave your audience with?
What sort of stories do you normally write? (Is this story a break from your norm?)
I write in a range of styles. My stories are often dark, mordant, or funny.
Why is that?
I am dark, mordant and funny. And also ridiculous.
What projects or new story lines do you have coming up in the near future?
I am writing a black comedy about a family of lovable criminals who own a very hygienic cat. It’s called Arse Lick and Old Lace.
Do you enter many competitions for flash fiction?
I am a competition addict – short stories and flash fiction. I have been writing short fiction for three years and have had nearly thirty successes.
Are you a member of a writing group – either online or a physical one?
Yes, one that meets weekly and one that meets monthly.
Do you think these groups help or hinder a writer’s journey? Why?
A good group is a great help in encouraging writing and also the commitment to writing – which is equally as important as writing itself.
What encouragement or advice do you have for emerging writers of flash fiction?
Give it up now. You can’t compete. (If that doesn’t get you going nothing will).