Write enormous numbers of words. You can always throw them out later and only ever show the world the good ones, but if you haven't got a lot to choose from, then you'll never get anything written. Cecilia Ryan
Leodegraunce: Cecilia, please tell Leodegraunce readers a bit about your background.
Cecilia Ryan: Once upon a time, I studied a Bachelor of Literature and Philosophy. At some point after that, I decided to forgo a Master's in favor of chasing the dream of being a writer. There is, I'm afraid, little else to tell.
Leodegraunce: What drew you to flash fiction and how long have you been involved?
Cecilia Ryan: Embarrassingly enough, my introduction to flash fiction was through writing fanfiction. Everyone else was turning out these tiny little bits of poetic prose, and I wanted to play too. So I did, and I liked it. I liked having a tiny little snippet to express my feelings on a particular subject – I suppose it's the immediacy of flash fiction that draws me in.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your recent works?
Cecilia Ryan: I don't think I have anything recent of note at the moment. I've been caught up in writing a lot of factual pieces. There are a few that I'm excited about coming up, though.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your writing plans for 2011?
Cecilia Ryan: I have four anthologies squarely in my sights that I want to have a piece in. Otherwise, I'd like to finish the novel I appear to be writing (which was supposed to be a short story, but has gotten completely out of hand), and then I intend to throw myself into writing a series of supernatural novellas. This is the plan. Whether it will work out that way remains to be seen.
Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?
Cecilia Ryan: Write enormous numbers of words. You can always throw them out later and only ever show the world the good ones, but if you haven't got a lot to choose from, then you'll never get anything written.