In 2011 his work appeared in Foliate Oak (University of Arkansas), Vapid Kitten (UK), The Write Place At the Write Time, Whortleberry Press, Short-Story Me, Blink Ink, Gemini, Down in the Dirt, and Midwest Literary Review. His work has also appeared in The Storyteller, The East Carolinian (East Carolina University), and Righter Monthly Review.
Tony is a former writer for several North Carolina newspapers and publications and his features and photos have appeared across the state. His nonfiction has appeared in Tree Care Industry, New East, Due East, and The East Carolinian, among others. He is also the former editor/main writer of Rock & Roll Monthly.
Remember that often hundreds of submissions are in competition with yours. The same story or poem that has been rejected numerous times may be just the thing for the next publication. Tony Wayne Brown
Leodegraunce: Please tell Leodegraunce readers a bit about your background.
Tony Wayne Brown: I was born and raised in Greenville, N.C. Before and after serving four years in the Air Force I attended East Carolina University until they started a journalism program that finally gave me something to major in. After working for the student newspaper I became an intern for a newspaper and got hired when I graduated.
Leodegraunce: How long have you written flash fiction and what drew you to the genre?
Tony Wayne Brown: In between working on a novel and constant short stories I like to take the challenge of creating very short pieces that have something to say. I only started last year, but had success with Blink Ink, Gemini, Postcard Shorts, and One Forty Fiction.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your recent works?
Tony Wayne Brown: "Poor Mama," is in the editing process by Sleeping Cat Books for its The Coming Storm print anthology. It's about the inner turmoil a U.S. Marine undergoes in a Pacific island invasion during WW II. A "perfect" murder goes awry in, "The Tell-Tale Cadillac," at Short-Story Me; and "Last Bus to Nashville" in Foliate Oak is about a country troubadour seeking the bright lights. Others are at the UK's Vapid Kitten and Whortleberry Press' 2011 Christmas Angels anthology (print).
Leodegraunce: What are some of your writing plans for 2012?
Tony Wayne Brown: To finish a suspense novel about the coming-together of a father and son, and to become better known in the writing world through continued publications in order to further my writing career.
Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?
Tony Wayne Brown: Present your brilliant manuscript in a grammatically-correct way and to the specific guidelines for each publication.
In addition: Remember that often hundreds of submissions are in competition with yours. The same story or poem that has been rejected numerous times may be just the thing for the next publication.