I'm a guest blogger at the blog of Lisabet Sarai today!  The subject, of course, is Leodegraunce!
 
 
BIO:Misha McGuinness is a graduate of this past year’s Viable Paradise writing workshop. Her fiction has appeared in InstigatorZine and The Shine Journal. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Times of Trenton, The Lawrenceville Patch and other newspapers.

The best decision I ever made for my writing was studying journalism. I am now a newspaper copy editor, and many of my colleagues also write fiction. Misha McGuinness

Leodegraunce: Misha, what brought you to flash fiction?

Misha McGuinness: I started taking flash fiction seriously when I began studying journalism in college. Writing for newspapers teaches you to get to the point quickly and without any fuss or frills. I also weirdly enjoy the challenge of arbitrary restraints - such as word limits - in writing.

Leodegraunce: Where can we find your most recent work?

Misha McGuinness: I try to write a piece of flash fiction every day at my blog.                 

Leodegraunce: What are some of your writing plans for 2011?

Misha McGuinness: I am completing the final edits on a novel. I hope to start sending out query letters soon.

Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?

Misha McGuinness: Write for a newspaper. Write for your high school's paper, your college's, your town's. Any paper that will take you. They always need freelancers. No one in the world will be as honest and brutal with your writing as a newspaper editor. They have a product to sell and if your writing doesn't work, they'll be damn sure to let you know about it. You'll never get that kind of feedback anywhere else. And the things you learn from writing for newspapers will transfer directly to writing fiction. The best decision I ever made for my writing was studying journalism. I am now a newspaper copy editor, and many of my colleagues also write fiction.



 
 
BIO: Spencer Hensley lives in Las Vegas and works as a Research Assistant for a non-profit organization.

Don't worry so much! Don't worry about what other writers are doing. Spencer Hensley

Leodegraunce: Spencer, please tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Spencer Hensley: Sure! A few years ago, I graduated from Gonzaga University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and now I help do research at a nonprofit organization in my hometown, Las Vegas. I also have a blog where I (very casually!) review the books I've been reading.

Leodegraunce: How long have you written flash fiction and what drew you to the genre?

Spencer Hensley: This story is part of my first, frenzied batch of flash pieces. I've sort of been working my way backwards through the genres, length-wise. I learned to write by trying my hand at novels, then fell in love with short stories, and now I'm writing a lot of flash fiction. Look out for my collection of muscular, literary text messages soon, Pulitzer committee!

Flash Fiction is interesting in several ways. First, it sort of demands that you approach your characters at the moments of strongest dramatic weight. You have to find the events that cut straight to the heart of what you're trying to say or do. Second, it's a challenge to imply breadth and depth in so short a piece. A good flash piece can feel as full as any short story, and finding ways to suggest that level of meatiness can be fun.

Leodegraunce: What are some of your recent works?

Spencer Hensley: Actually, this is my first published piece. I'm very honored and excited to have my first publication here at Leodegraunce!

Leodegraunce: What are some of your writing goals for 2011?

Spencer Hensley: I'd like to keep racking up appearances in quality publications. Also, despite the recently diminishing wordcounts I mentioned earlier, I do have a novella kicking around in my head, and I think it would be valuable to take some of the lessons I've learned from short stories and flash pieces and return to a longer form.

Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?

Spencer Hensley: Don't worry so much! Don't worry about what other writers are doing. Don't even worry about the frustrating gap between your taste and your ability. If you can get into the mindset that somehow, for its own sake, writing is simply a worthwhile way to spend your time, you just might be happier. And you'll get better in time, anyway.

 
 
BIO: Ada Hoffmann is a knobbly gremlin living in a university library in southern Ontario and trying to teach their computers to think. She has short fiction published or upcoming in Expanded Horizons, Basement Stories, and One Buck Horror.

This has to be something you love enough to do for fun, or you won't do it at all. Ada Hoffmann

Leodegraunce: Ada, what can you tell us about your background?
 
Ada Hoffmann: I'm a Canadian computing student who spends her time with her head in the clouds, thinking of stories, instead of attending to my actual surroundings. Writing grew out of that. I'm a huge nerd, an amateur singer, and a cat lover.
 
Leodegraunce: Why do you like flash fiction?
 
Ada Hoffmann: My stories have always varied in length, some very short and some very long. I enjoy flash fiction because it forces conciseness - every word has to be there for a reason. I'm really verbose if I don't watch myself, and writing flash helps me hone my skills. It's also just fun, and a great way to experiment with new ideas.
 
Leodegraunce: What are some of your recent works?
 
Ada Hoffmann: "Taylan" is a departure for me; my other published works are genre fiction. Most recently, "Jenny's House", another piece of flash fiction, was published in the first issue of One Buck Horror.
 
Leodegraunce: What are your writing plans for 2011?
 
Ada Hoffman: I've got a large number of short stories in various stages of development, or looking for homes. This year, many are for prompts and anthologies. I'm also slowly piecing together my first novel - scary!
 
Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?
 
Ada Hoffman: Don't get uptight. Do something that's interesting, but outside your comfort zone. Try different styles. Stretch yourself. Experiment. Play! This has to be something you love enough to do for fun, or you won't do it at all.


 
 
An interview with me at Duotrope regarding Leodegraunce!