Matthew Harris is the runner up in Eliza Gale’s Elizashead Flash Fiction Contest. Here is a link to his story “This Accidental Arsonist”:
Q: What inspired you to write this story?
A: honest to dog and to be earnest without frank, this idea burst out the er rather from within the spongy bobbing square pants like 50 shades of gray matter within my noggin.
believe me you
the above explanation valid and true
as well when i exercise nightly a slew
of creative ideas inconveniently truthfully also bubble forth for me to remember and rue
until complete with a repetition of stretching other muscles with names from “a” to “q”
and even some that might start with “z”, but an impotent group clustered
around wreck tum sphincter area – in order to poo
vital, no matter many grownups turn a third eye blind to discussing visits to the loo
per private business to do.
Q. What made you want to become a writer?
A: once again, i confess to a difficulty to explain to myself, family, friends, strangers, aliens, et cetera what affected this near hypnotic fascination with cobbling, foisting, inducing…nascent ideas to take shape.
an idea that my insatiable thirst and hunger for knowledge (from boyhood until manhood) found me regularly ensconced with a genre of reading materiel.
Q: Who are some of your influences?
A: rather than iterate authors (many and/or most whose name slips moi mind), an easier/simpler reply would be to denote general subjects of interest. so without further ado, here goes thee short list of topics. a. history; b. fiction couched in historical premises; c. environmental/ecological issues; d. biographies of pivotal figures throughout civilization and attendant dissonance of homo sapiens occupancy on planet earth; e. artful breath-taking cosmic natural phenomena.
Q: What made you want to enter this contest?
A: the self-discipline to corral geyser like flow of mental vision viz brainstorming in an effort to commandeer such rampant ideas into a cogent, decent, elegant (ha), filament of glibness, intelligent lucidity, modesty as an agreeable read for unknown person extant within this world wide web of humanity.
Q: What is your ultimate goal as a writer?
A: an effort to hone skill so as to convey ideas, sentiments and thoughts with clarity, electricity, hilarity, jocularity, musicality, oddity, rhapsody, tendency to be witty.
although riding the magic carpet of fame and fortune would be a pleasant outcome, the pure joy to receive positive feedback per digging deep within the nooks and crannies of my miniature cavernous cranium like manna.
Q: Who do you think is the most overrated writer in history?
A: this generates a blank. an literary personage named would need to be one that occupies my fancy. so, i opt to pass.
Q: What are your favorite things to write about?
A: subject materiel tends to deal with internal emotional dilemmas, fictional idealism of how this chap would prefer to function with pits and lands of life, generational relationships between this papa and his surviving birth family and/or dynamics with me lovely two teenage daughters, intellectual musings, philosophical ruminations.
Q: What kind of work do you do and how does it influence your writing?
A: income provided courtesy of the federal government. i receive social security disability for an ongoing challenge with generalized social anxiety and panic attacks.
prescription pharmacological medications prozac and klonipin most definitely reduced the near debilitating psychological fallout, which no doubt often times up-ended ability to complete academic and/or employment assignments with accuracy plus in a timely fashion.
Q: What sort of classes or training have you had?
A: a smattering of requisite basic writing classes in college – decades ago.
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)