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.