Writing is so competitive that you cannot expect it to be handed to you. Jay Slayton-Joslin
Leodegraunce: Tell us about your background, Jay.
Jay Slayton-Joslin: I live in Beaconsfield, a small town near London. My passion for reading developed over lots of train journeys to college. I try and not be restricted by reading in just one genre. Just like travel, I believe that reading broadens the mind. Later this year I plan to study Psychology at University and hopefully make my living as either a writer or a psychiatrist.
Leodegraunce: How long have you written flash fiction and what drew you to the genre?
Jay Slayton-Joslin: I got into flash fiction as something to do in between writing longer stories, not to discredit flash fiction at all, though. I like the genre because it is almost a challenge to say something powerful in such a short space, rather than drag it across a 3000 word story. My favourite thing about flash fiction is that it is creatively refreshing. I think that if you write a good piece of flash fiction it revitalises your creative juices and allows you to tackle your next piece differently.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your recent works?
Jay Slayton-Joslin: I just had a piece published in Thunderdome for their resurrection theme. Also, this April I will have a piece of flash fiction in Short, Fast and Deadly. In the meantime, I run my own website where I conduct interviews with writers and link to my own creative writing. Hosting the site allows me to meet some fantastic writers and promote my own work.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your writing plans for 2011?
Jay Slayton-Joslin: Ideally I would love to finish my novel. I am working on one right now, but I have the habit of picking up projects, playing around with them and then putting them down to be looked at at a later date. I'm determined to get one of them finished this year, though, as well as build up my website and get my work everywhere possible. After finishing the novel, I will go through the process of editing it, sending it out and hopefully seeing it in print.
Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?
Jay Slayton-Joslin: I think the best thing is to be proactive. Join writers workshops. I'm in one right now at The Cult where I am with lots of other writers. Writing is so competitive that you cannot expect it to be handed to you. The whole part of my website is that I can conduct interviews with writers, famous and independent, and generate connections and friendships. Also, there is a market for everything nowadays. So pretty much just put the hard work in, and go out and get what you want.