Simon currently resides in Cape Town, running his own company and writing in his spare time. He enjoys the odd game of veteran’s hockey and spends most weekends sailing. His Cup of Tea won first place in the globalshortstories.net competition for June 2012. Askance Publishing have included Sand Man and Service Delivery in their short story anthologies.
Simon’s flash fiction, Trenches, 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. Trenches
What was your initial motivation or prompt to write this story? 100 year anniversary of WW1 and remembering our own children playing on the beach on Firework’s night.
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? none really, just enjoyed writing it for my own pleasure.
What sort of stories do you normally write? (Is this story a break from your norm?) Other than one unwanted manuscript (which is brilliant..ha) I now write slightly longer stories of ± 3 500 to 5 000 words
Why is that? Raging Aardvark rules for the Twisted Tales competition were < 750 words, so thats what I wrote.
What projects or new story lines do you have coming up in the near future? None right now, as I’m fed up with having my 70 000 manuscript turned down by publishers and agents. Though I do have 13 short stories of my own I’d like to get published (hint, hint).
Do you enter many competitions for flash fiction? This was my first flash fiction competition, but I have entered loads of slightly longer ones.
Are you a member of a writing group – either online or a physical one? No
Do you think these groups help or hinder a writers journey? Why? Not sure
What encouragement or advice do you have for emerging writers of flash fiction? Don’t get bitter and twisted, when you get rejected, or ignored…or a publisher tells you they take six months to reply and then after six months you ask them “so?” and they say “we can’t find it..please send it again”….(gosh I do sound bitter and twisted). And, stay away from humour unless you’re really good at it!
How can others follow your journey? I’m not up with Twitter or Facebook