Today is the last day of the Author Q&As from the contributors of Jozi Flash 2017. The anthology will be available for free download from December – just in time for Christmas!
Today, last but certainly not least, we’re welcoming Kim Wainer to the anthology! (Don’t believe what she says about her Instagram – it’s pretty awesome.)
What’s your favourite genre to write and why?
My favourite genre is fantasy, largely because there’s so much leeway. If you write in the real world, you have to follow the real world’s rules, but in fantasy you can decide on your own rules. There are also so many shades of fantasy, from ‘magical realism’ all the way to out-and-out orcs and dragons stuff. I can neither confirm nor deny that I also like it because it allows me to throw a dragon into the story whenever I get stuck.
Have you published anything else?
No. I’ve edited a recipe book that can be bought in actual shops – does that count?
How do you feel about social media and which platform is the one you use most?
Largely, it’s a waste of time, but if you use it right it can be valuable. I do a lot of work on social media as part of my job, so I’ve seen some of what it can do beyond reminding people of other people’s birthdays and enabling benign (mostly?) stalking. The only platform I use for my own personal purposes is Instagram, but don’t let that fool you into thinking I am somehow cool or, indeed, prone to taking selfies. I mostly use it for my attempts at interesting photographs and humble-bragging about the upper end of my baking adventures.
Which of your stories in Jozi Flash 2017 is your favourite?
Personal has one of my favourite lines in it. It’s difficult to pick a favourite, but I did enjoy writing For the Want of a Nail, just because it’s a bit silly.
Who or what inspires your writing?
Inspiration doesn’t have a fixed source for me. An idea can pounce on me at any time – usually when I don’t have anything on hand to write it down with. I find that the good ones tend to stick around in my brain anyway.
Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo and what are you working on?
Of course – and, naturally, I’ve no idea. I’m sure something will turn up before the first. It generally does.
Who is your least favourite book character and why?
Oh dear. Don’t get me started. Let’s just say anyone who always has a solution to any problem, especially if they’ve been lightly garnished with “flaws” that never actually seem to have any negative impact on their life.
Pet peeve as a reader?
Bad grammar and punctuation. Badly-applied commas set my teeth on edge.
Pet peeve as a writer?
When the right word is just on the tip of my tongue, and then it disappears, never to be seen again.
How do you feel about editing?
It’s daunting, but it also seems like something that would be quite satisfying to do. I just have to finish something (just!).
Connect with Kim on Instagram!
That’s it for our Author Q&As, but stay tuned, because we’ve arranged a few extra surprises for you while we’re waiting for the release of Jozi Flash 2017!