Christine Rodriguez’s mother inspired her flash fiction, Up in Smoke, about two sisters “discussing the lifelong tendencies of their mother and how these habits contributed to her success.” It’s a familiar conversation two grown women (or men) might have about a parent which grounds the reader quickly into her story. Her mother, a “hard worker,” used her creative skills and talents to build a successful business. No slouch herself, Christine’s writing, what she calls her ‘hobby scribblings,’ have been published in numerous publications. She feels fortunate about her own success since “many people don’t heed the call or have the opportunity.”
Christine faces several challenges as a writer. Her energy level ebbs and flows which sometimes limits her writing output. Her curiosity and interest in too many things also gets in her way – she gets bored easily and enjoys a range of eclectic subjects. She’s “dabbled in poetry, children's literature and a variety of genres.” Her writing also leans toward dark fiction which “many people are reluctant to delve into, already having enough darkness in their lives these days.” Her latest completed story is a 50’s-style sci-fi called Doom Buggies.
Her advice to would-be writers/artists would be “to join groups of like-minded people. The stimulation from other people's work and conversation creates more ideas and inspiration than you can use in a lifetime. Share your talents with anyone and everyone that will look or listen. It's satisfying to you and uplifting for them.”
To read more of her flash fiction, bit.ly/READFLASH
To stay in touch with her writing, go to her author's website at On the Brink which lists all her published and accepted work coming soon to a book or publication.
Anchala Studios, LLC is a micro press based in Chapel Hill, NC which selects projects appealing to broad audiences and which enrich the community. The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory is its first publication.