Very happy to be asked to participate in an interview, Rachel.
What can you tell us about Waning Metaphorical?
I can tell you it happened very organically over many years. I just hadn’t realized that all of these rogue scenes and thoughts were stories in and of themselves. So I revisited them after completing a couple of new shorts, and found I had the makings of an anthology!
I’m fascinated by the Imagist poets – in fact, one of the aspects that drew my attention to your book was your use of symbols. Who do you find to be influential in your work?
Because I have never limited myself to any one genre in my writing, I can’t definitively say any one author has influenced my works. There are really too many to mention, but Cormac McCarthy, Hunter S. Thompson, Dan Simmons (all working in very different genres) are writers I have felt inspired by.
Cormac McCarthy is a favorite of mine! You’ve written trilogies, standalone novels, and now a collection. How did your writing process change for each of these books?
For the shorts, I think the story is the focus more than getting too caught up in the characters. With a trilogy, the characters really drive the story. Standalone novels can go either way. What is shared in all of them is that I rarely have an entire story before I get to work on an idea. Scenes come to me at random more often than not. It makes for a difficult edit!
What are the unique challenges of flash fiction?
I think flash fiction is difficult in that you need to make your point quickly and still make a story of it. One that, you hope, captures the reader’s imagination.
I have to say that so much of your cover art is gorgeous! Did you come up with the concept? How do you get such evocative art for your books?
Thank you! All of my cover art and any infographics I produce for my books is uniquely mine. I am a graphic artist as well as a writer, and so it’s fun for me to have complete creative control over my works. From concept through to finished art, the covers are created by yours truly!
That is fantastic! Who should we be reading? Any advice on finding more excellent flash fiction?
Flash fiction hasn’t been a go to genre for me, so I couldn’t recommend anyone there, but for short stories there are a number of excellent writers; such as Alice Munroe - who just put short stories on the map with her Nobel prize for literature win this past year!
Thank you so much for joining us on the Freelance and Fiction blog!
Thanks so much for having me!
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