One writing tip would be to never pay to submit your work anywhere for any reason. Basil Rosa
Leodegraunce: Basil, please tell us about your background.
Basil Rosa: I published my first short story in 1980 under my birth name, John Flynn, and have been publishing stories and poems ever since. My web site is www.basilrosa.com. I began using the Basil Rosa pen name in 2010 when I realized yet another crisis of identity. I had become someone else, and was writing out of the experience of a person I no longer recognized. I know this may sound pretentious, but I wanted to get to know this new person. I took solace from the Portugese poet, Fernando Pessoa, who believed we are many people in our lifetimes, that the nature of our personalities is a fractured one. Pessoa wrote under three names, I believe. I connect with him and his work in a way that brings comfort and daily renewal. For me, writing is discovery. It is not therapy. It is not a career. My hope is always that my work entertains and inspires.
Leodegraunce: How long have you written flash fiction?
Basil Rosa: Flash fiction is relatively new as a form. And so am I. I've always written flash pieces, but it's only during the last three years that I have identified and tried to publish them as such. Sometimes, what was once a poem gets elongated into a flash piece. Sometimes a traditional short story gets boiled down to fit within flash parameters. I enjoy writing in all forms, love the different challenges and disciplines involved. I try to flow with them, so to speak. Life is a fluid experience, is it not?
Leodegraunce: What are some of your recent works?
Basil Rosa: I have a new traditional short story due out in the fall of 2012 from Vermont Literary Review. I've a jazz poem written for a sax-playing friend due out this summer from Ibbetson Street Press. I've also a trio of poems soon to appear in Umbrella on-line, www.umbrella.com. Each of these poems is named after a sea shell, but in the Latin name. Lastly, my first novel will be coming out some time in 2012 from Cervena Barva Press, www.cervenabarvapress.com. It's titled Heaven Is A City Where Your Language Isn't Spoken. I encourage your readers to check out Cervena Barva. Gloria Mindock is following through on her mission to publish and promote excellent voices from all corners of the globe.
Leodegraunce: What are some of your writing plans for 2012?
Basil Rosa: My first few poetry books, and my first collection of short stories have been out of print for a while, so I plan on bringing them out in E-book format and making them available at my web site, and at all the more well-known outlets -- all for a very low price. I was in an airport not long ago and surprised by the amount of people I saw reading E-tablets. The future of E-publishing is here now. I'm working with an artist from Richmond on the cover of what was my first book of poems back in 1998, Moments Between Cities. That book earned an award from the Peace Corps. The press that published it went out of business. It's up to me now to make it available, so it will be out shortly as an E-book.
Leodegraunce: What is your top writing tip for aspiring authors?
Basil Rosa: One writing tip would be to never pay to submit your work anywhere for any reason. Use your hard-earned chump change to buy another writer's book, or to subscribe to a magazine. I know it's difficult in our bordello culture, but try to be a writer not a whore. Learn a second language. Do your work quietly, steadily, with patience, and don't expect anything in the way of notoriety, respect, or money.