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October 9, 2014

Linda Lowe – Author in the Spotlight for Twisted Tales 2014

Filed under: Interview with Author — Annie Evett @ 12:01 am

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Linda Lowe received her M.F.A.  from the University of California, Irvine.  A chapbook of her poems was published by Sarasota Theatre Press, and several short plays have been informally staged in Hollywood.  Her stories have appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, Future Cycle Press, and others.

She was amongst the top 13 Authors to have stories included in this years Twisted Tales Anthology.

The title of your flash: In the Castle of Mr. Blue B. the Beard

What was your initial motivation or prompt to write this story?

 I’ve been writing fantasy for a while now, starting with fairy tales or myths or even nursery rhymes, and reworking them.  As a child, “Blue Beard” was my favorite.

Is the character in your story a recurring character in your writing?

  No.

What sort of message of feeling are you hoping you leave your audience with?

 No message, really.  I had fun writing it, and I hope the reader finds it humorous.

What sort of stories do you normally write?  (Is this story a break from your norm?)

 I’m most attracted to fantasy, and recently started sending out a story about Hansel and Gretel, told from the witch’s point of view.  So, not a break from my norm.

Why is that?

It can be helpful to me to have some familiar characters to play with when I start the writing process.

What projects or new story lines do you have coming up in the near future?

 I have two longer stories that I’ve started revising, one of them fantasy, but I want to start something new also, though not sure what at the moment.  I’m thinking about Leda, and that swan.

Do you enter many competitions for flash fiction?

No. This one was the first in a long time.

Are you a member of a writing group—either online or a physical one?

 I’m not a member of a group, and not taking a class at the moment.  But I’ve taken many over the years, in classrooms and online.

Do you think these groups help or hinder a writer’s journey?  Why? 

They’ve been helpful to me. I’ve always learned a lot.  Especially from reading and critiquing others’ work.

What encouragement or advice do you have for emerging writers of flash fiction? 

Read a lot.  There are many good journals online that feature flash.  And write every day.  It’s important to make this commitment, even if you only manage a couple of hundred words.  That way, you have something to come back to the next day.

How can others follow your journey?  Facebook ,

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