During his interview, Eric remarked that “We are changed (refined) by the events and people we encounter in our lives,” a statement which sits in both his heart and his writing. He approached this anthology because he has known many friends and some family with memory loss. The anthology’s vision to provide stories “where the story ended while the reader could still remember how it began,” appealed to him.
His story, Refining Fire follows a man assigned to assassinate a target, but when he finally sees the target’s eyes through his riflescope, his character feels conflicted. The story came about through a series of 'firsts'—first assignment, first week, first class in an MA program at California State Los Angeles. “Write two pages,” he was told, “in which your character encountered evil for the first time.”
Eric’s been busy completing his MFA thesis at the University of Texas El Paso. He’s written a novel, Black Works, about a used-up bull rider who befriends a young girl and teaches her about horses, riding, roping, a rodeo and all the while seeking to reclaim a part of his life that was lost.
In his ‘spare time,’ Eric serves as a principal at an alternative high school and also teaches at a community college in the evenings. He states that “procrastination and fear” are his greatest challenges as a writer, but perhaps his full plate might be greater.
Stay in touch with Eric and his writing by way of his blog: ericluthi.com
If you'd like to read the rest of Refining Fire, check out the book: bit.ly/READFLASH
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.