Today, I have the privilege of interviewing a very accomplished author, Andrew Bourelle! Andrew Bourelle is the author of the novel Heavy Metal (now available on Amazon) and coauthor with James Patterson of Texas Ranger (Now Available). His short stories have appeared in a variety of publications and have twice been selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories. Andrew’s short story, “Three Bullets”, was included in our first issue this past July, which you can read HERE!
We recently asked some authors what is their advice for writing flash fiction. Flash fiction is often described as a story that is less than 1,000 words (some magazines describe it as less than 800 words). Flash fiction is definitely a different animal than a short story, and it needs to have a different approach. Here’s some of the advice authors offered us:
- Don’t add un-necessary details or lofty description. If something is red, tell us it’s red. Don’t tell us that it “as red as a tomato’s skin”. If you take too long with the description, you won’t have enough words to tell the story.
- Flash fiction is often all about shock value. You don’t have a whole lot of time to tell a full story, so shocking or ambiguous endings are often a go-to.
- Start the story in the middle of the action.
- Use words that have a strong connotation. That way, you won’t have to describe things in as many details.
Our Editor-in-Chief, Ammar Habib, was recently interviewed by Joan from “What Editors Want You to Know”. Joan asked Ammar about some tips and advice he could offer to authors considering submitting their work to Thriller Magazine.You can read the full interview HERE, but below is a part of it. It’s a great read for those who are planning to submit their work to our publication, but also don’t forget to check out our SUBMISSION GUIDELINES! 🙂