Gita Smith’s friends call a region of her brain “The Mound,” a place where her stories rise and take shape. She’s a longtime writer and reader of flash fiction, as anyone reading her two pieces, Roadside Attraction, and You Only Get One Question can clearly tell. Her two stories couldn’t be more different from each other in voice and plot, yet both explore how the men in women’s lives are less than perfect.
A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gita is a founding member of House of Writers, an international flash fiction group. She urges other writers to “create or join a writing group and nourish each other.”
When she isn’t writing, she reads submissions for Easy Street and hosts readings of new work by Alabama writers.
In 2013, her story, The Tractor Thief’s Jacket, was named Best Short Story on the Web. When she read it aloud to friends their reaction was pure horror – “perfect for a truly dark crime story.”
Despite her achievements, Gita finds writing third drafts her greatest challenge. She writes, “I wish I could hand my second drafts to a bot and say, ‘Fix everything that needs improving, okay?’”
She’s recently completed a long story, Dining with the Homeless, so please nudge her to submit so the rest of us can read it.
If you’d like to finish reading her story, Roadside Attraction, check out the anthology on Amazon: bit.ly/READFLASH.