Cecilia Ryan has a BA in Literature, which she is clearly not using.

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.