Leodegraunce: Clarissa, please tell Leodegraunce readers a bit about your background.
Clarissa Pattern: I had a bit of a mad upbringing, but one of the most important moments for my sanity was when I first read Wuthering Heights and realised how beautiful and complex and eternally meaningful the written word could be.
Leodegraunce: How long have you written flash fiction and what drew you to the genre?
Clarissa Pattern: I discovered flash fiction online years ago and immediately loved how writers could capture the significance of little moments and mould them into stories. I find the best ones are like short sharp punches to the mind that can leave you reeling.
A lot of my flash fiction (like my poetry!) is better kept for my own eyes only, but occasionally I create something that I really want to share with other people who enjoy the form as much as I do.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your recent works?
Clarissa Pattern: I often publish under a pen name, but I have stories included in anthologies for Bridgehouse publishing which are under my own name.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your writing plans for 2012?
Clarissa Pattern: Finishing the first draft of my current novel is my main priority, but there are also lots of incomplete ideas floating about in my notebooks which I would love to find the time to work on.
Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?
Clarissa Pattern: Achieving publication is amazing, but the most important thing I've learnt thus far, is that you have to write for yourself and feel proud in yourself whatever happens.