AFOW Interview #1 – Dawn Taylor


Starting today, I will be doing a biweekly series of interviews with other Authors whose stories appear alongside mine in the anthology A Flash of Words.

Today, I am featuring author Dawn Taylor whose story “For the Want of a Name” is included in the anthology A Flash of Words, alongside my own brand-new Speculative Fiction story, “The Californian.”

What was the inspiration for your story?
My friend shared his childhood memory of coveting a radio, but being too poor to buy it. As he told me the story, I imagined him as a young boy going into the store to look at the radio and wishing he could buy it. I originally wrote the story as a birthday gift to him, but when my editor told me it was such a powerful story told in few words, I submitted it for publication.

What do you think is the key to writing a compelling flash story?
My best advice is to convey one scene or emotion. Your word limit doesn’t allow you to offer much more.

How long did it take you to write your story?
About one hour, I already had the inspiration.

Do I write everyday?
No. Do I think about writing everyday? Yes.

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