Fiona’s short story is titled: Hope for the Future
I love writing short. I did a short-story course many years ago, and my tutor had us writing down to 50 word flash fiction. One of the best pieces of advice I was given is to treat each short as an episode from a TV series, rather than a movie. Start at a point of change, plunge in, and finally, always finish leaving a question in the reader’s mind at the end.For a romantic short story I recommend focusing almost exclusively on your hero and heroine. All the other characters should be edited down to brief thumbnail sketches. Oh, and I always write to the Little Gem, rather than inserting the Gem into an already written story.
Do you have a favourite line/short piece from your short?
City girl, Molly, is spending her first day working in a small country town, where she meets local vet, Blake.“Nope.” He smiled again and held three fingers in the air. “Scouts honour.”“You were a scout?”A twinkle of mischief lit up his eyes and the dimple reappeared. “Not exactly, but I know a scout.”
What are you working on now? and/or What are your writing goals for the future?
Right now, I’m editing my latest futuristic, a marriage of convenience story, written during NaNoWriMo last year. The first draft was very rough and I’m hoping to get it polished enough to enter in the Emerald this year. In the meantime, I rewrote last year’s Little Gem (which didn’t make the cut) into a longer male-male romance and am in the process of submitting. It’s actually much stronger this way and not something I would ever have thought when I wrote it a year ago.
A website and blog are on my to do list for 2013. Any spare time I have at the moment is spent trying to improve my writing. (Oh, and trying to keep my New Years Resolution of running a half-marathon in July 2012)
Will we be able to catch up with you in person at the RWA National Conference in August?
You bet. My fabulous team of volunteers and I are organising “Diamonds are Forever” on the Gold Coast, so I’ll be there from start to finish. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there.
Would you like to order the anthology for yourself, as a special gift or a Christmas (yes I said Christmas) stocking filler?
Orders are now open and we are taking pre-release orders until the end of June, so plenty of time. Use the order form on our RWA website.