A subreddit focused on the topic of crazy Mothers-In-Law inspired Alyssa Vaughn’s flash fiction, Reactions, although she contends her own is not crazy. She leans toward shorter fiction like flash to temper her predilection for too much detail in her stories. “The low word count really makes me cut to the chase and focus on the action.”
Reactions is her first attempt “at anything like a mystery, and dishes out a nice, hearty helping of family drama.” She delivers a strong message to her readers to never assume that the “people around you have the same moral boundaries you do.”
Alyssa attributes her love of mysteries to her grandfather who hooked her on Agatha Christie from a very young age. Her ghost story, The Tape Recorder, is out in the new anthology from So Say We All, Black Candies: The Eighties! The story is loosely based on “an annoying habit my sister had of unearthing embarrassing artifacts from our childhood whenever I came home from college.” More than one reader will identify with such sibling antics.
Life’s distractions interfere with finishing her stories and submitting them for publication. She works hard to not let things get in the way of her commitment to “making writing a life goal and not a hobby.” Still, as a young mother, she also pays attention to “when to say playing dinosaurs with my one-year-old is more important."
Oh, and one final note — Alyssa’s heart holds a secret desire that “someday, someone would look at my Twitter and appreciate how hilarious I am.” Make her dreams come true. twitter.com/msalyssaenvy (She really is quite funny!)
In the meantime, if you’d like to read more of her story, check it out here: bit.ly/READFLASH
Stay close to Alyssa’s writing and publications, on her author’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/alyssaenvywrites.
photo credit © Gerardo Cuenca (thank you!)
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