May 192015

Caitlin GramleyOur most recent winner is Caitlin Gramley. Check out her blog, enjoy her winning story again, then read on to learn a little more about her and her writing:

I am a mother of two rambunctious boys and wife to an amazing man. I recently found my long lost love for writing and I have flash fiction to thank for that. It’s hard to believe I walked away from writing and lost my way for a bit, but I’m back and my love for all things literary is stronger than ever!

So, great story. How did you get there from the prompt and bookends? When I see fight scenes I often think about the many inner battles people face daily. When I saw the word FACE, I knew my character would be facing herself in the mirror. It took me a while to figure out how to use BOOK, but once I established that the loud voice was Satan feeding her lies and the small still voice was God, I wanted to end it with him saying she was in His book, symbolizing that He loves her and knows her name.

100 words ain’t many. How do you fit a story into so few words? I usually keep the word count in mind when writing but I always go over. Then I go through and edit out the unnecessary content and hope that I can still get my point across.

Why do you like flash fiction? I have a very short attention span when it comes to writing, so flash fiction is just the right length for me.

Been writing long? I used to write all the time in high school. Then I got married and had kids and my interests were elsewhere for a while. I have only been writing flash fiction since march 2015.

You write anything else? I mainly focus on flash fiction and poetry. You can read my work on my blog Real Momma Ramblings.

Any advice for other flash writers? Well, I am new to flash so… to other newbies I would have to say, don’t let other’s stories intimidate you. Instead, learn from their work to better yourself as a writer.

Any interesting writerly projects in the pipeline? Not at the moment. I have many ideas but nothing concrete. Right now I am focusing on getting more involved in the writing community, both online and in my own town.

I just finished reading a book. Can you recommend another? Shrilugh (The Shrilugh Saga Book 1) by Myndi Shafer. The world Myndi created is just so fantastical. I wish I could go there.

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