Writing a first draft can be a lot of fun and when we compose something decent we get excited about it, but a first draft is rarely your best work. Moray Paul
Leodegraunce: We'd love to learn about your background, Moray.
Moray Paul: I'm a music teacher from North Carolina. My primary instrument is clarinet, but I tend to do most of my gigs on saxophone. I've been submitting poetry and fiction to literary magazines for a couple of years and have had work published in numerous online zines and print mags such as elimae, Word Riot, and Bards and Sages Quarterly.
Leodegraunce: When did you take an interest in flash fiction?
Moray Paul: In the fall of 2008, I discovered flash fiction through a website called Show Me Your Lits. Weekly flash contests are held on this site. They post a prompt and you have to compose a work and submit it in ninety minutes or less. Works are posted anonymously on a password protected forum, and you comment on all the other stories and anonymously vote on the best for various categories such as dialogue, setting, narrator's voice, etc. Before I stumbled across Show Me Your Lits, I was writing poetry only. The people who frequent this site introduced me to Duotrope.com and encouraged me to submit my work to literary zines. Over the past two years, I've learned to merge my poetry roots with flash fiction and my writer's voice is beginning to become more clear. I think that blurry line between flash fiction and prose poetry is why I find myself returning to flash fiction again and again.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your recent works?
Moray Paul: Some of my most recent works fall into the speculative fiction category and tend to be somewhat dark and surreal. An example of this dark surreal style is my story, Diorama of an Unforgettable Girl, published in Bards and Sages Quarterly. I've also had recent work published under my maiden name in Weirdyear and Litsnack.
Leodegraunce: What are your writing plans for 2011?
Moray Paul: Leodegraunce is my first appearance under my new pen name and I'm hoping to define my voice and publish a poetry collection and publish more speculative fiction, possibly even work on a short story collection.
Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?
Moray Paul: Get in a writing critique group of some type, whether it's a local group or an online group and develop your editor's eye. Writing a first draft can be a lot of fun and when we compose something decent we get excited about it, but a first draft is rarely your best work.