Writer Types crime and mystery podcast episode 9 is here! Guests include Attica Locke, Mark Haskell Smith, Frank Zafiro, Emma Viskic, Iain Ryan and Andrew Nette, with flash fiction by Gary Duncan. Books reviewed include Wonderland by Jennifer Hillier, and March of Crime by Jess Lourey.
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What: A freelance writer and editor based in England. His flash fiction collection, YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO CRY, is available from Vagabond Voices. He is the founding editor of Spelk Fiction.
Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.
I first came across you and your writing at the excellent flash fiction site, Spelk. What was your inspiration to start that webzine?
I got hooked on flash fiction about four or five years ago and thought the best way to really immerse myself in it would be to start my own magazine. Quite presumptuous, I know, given that I was new to it and didn’t know any flash writers. I wanted to start off small though, so I figured why not give it a go and see what happens. I took a lot of inspiration from some of the flash magazines I used to read back then (and still do), things like Ink, Sweat & Tears, Near to the Knuckle, Shotgun Honey, Flash Fiction Offensive, and The Pygmy Giant. I wondered, at the time, if there’d be enough room in the market for another one, and was quite surprised when people started sending me their stories.