An Interview with Marc Nash

Q: What are you enjoying the most when writing flash fiction?

A: Finding a new form for telling a story. Be it 100 single word sentences all beginning with the letter ‘C’. Or a story composed from bingo caller’s number rhymes. The 1000 word limit of flash is so liberating in this way.

Q: What is the biggest challenge when writing flash fiction?

A: Nothing specifically, you can make a simple idea go a long way with flash, all the way to 1000 words, in a way if you did it over the course of a novel, you’d lose or bore the reader. The only challenge is a self-imposed one, I try and write one flash a week for 52 weeks, that’s not always possible.

Q: Of all the flash fiction books you have written what is your favorite and why?

I think my first “52FF” having 52 stories is perhaps the most satisfying as a writer, but I have a soft spot for my 3rd collection, “Long Stories Short,” which has some particularly strong stories, I think.

Q: How do you deal with writer’s  block?

I don’t suffer from it. Because I work, I am always behind on my writing and if I get stuck, I just put it aside and go on to another project. I’ve written over 300 flash fiction stories, 5 novels, two (unpublished) short story collections and a 4000 word poem, so I think this suggests I don’t get stuck too often!

Q: How long does it normally take you to complete a flash fiction book?

A: That’s really hard to say, because I never set out to write a book with a certain number of flash stories. I usually just write the stories for my blog each week, then at some point I’ll feel I have enough to put together in a collection and go back and choose which ones, perhaps those that are themed as with my last collection “Extra-Curricular”, where the stories were all arranged according to (high) school subjects.

Buy Marc’s books on Amazon here, and follow Marc on Twitter here. Or, you can visit his blog here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *