Leodegraunce: Micah, please tell Leodegraunce readers a bit about your background.
Micah Joel: I'm a classic high-functioning Silicon Valley geek. I grew up in the Midwest and went to school for electronics, but had my first programming job before even finishing college. I'm also a homebrewer and nationally ranked beer judge. I like cats.
Leodegraunce: How long have you written flash fiction and what drew you to the genre?
Micah Joel: I'm a bit of a sucker for twist endings, and flash is a great medium for those. I can't really pin down a date when I started writing, flash or otherwise. I was stupid and inexperienced enough in high school to listen to one particular teacher who really put me off writing for longer than I care to admit. It took me a while to realize he was an idiot. Things really kicked into gear after I was accepted into the Viable Paradise workshop for the class of 2010.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your recent works?
Micah Joel: I had a fun flash parody piece in the WTF?! Anthology from Pink Narcissus Press. I put up another flash piece for free on Lulu as an experiment in self-promotion--go check out Large Feline Collider.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your writing plans for 2012?
Micah Joel: It would be nice to finish up this thing I started during NaNoWriMo 2007. That and continuing to plug away on short and flash fiction. I'm quite likely to do some slush reading in 2012 as well.
Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?
Micah Joel: Don't believe someone just because they're a teacher. Be awesome in your own way and never give up.