Guest Author Feature – Sarah Brentyn – Hinting at Shadows

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Today’s featured guest is friend, author/blogger, Sarah Brentyn. I was thrilled when Sarah accepted my invitation to visit here because she reminds me of those reclusive movie stars who’d rather stay hidden behind her words, only I’ve noticed she’s stepped out and done a few interviews this year, and I’m glad that I’ve managed to snag her over here too. Sarah is known for her micro-fiction. She can tell a story using minimal words that have a tendency to linger long after you’ve read them.

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About Sarah:

Sarah Brentyn is an introvert who believes anything can be made better with soy sauce and wasabi.

She loves words and has been writing stories since she was nine years old. She talks to trees and apologizes to inanimate objects when she bumps into them.

When she’s not writing, you can find her strolling through cemeteries or searching for fairies.

She hopes to build a vacation home in Narnia someday. In the meantime, she lives with her family and a rainbow-colored, wooden cat who is secretly a Guardian.

 

Seriously
Boring Stuff

Have a master’s degree in writing. Taught at university and 6-8 grade levels. Been writing since I was 9 years old.

I am a writer. That’s all there is to be said on the matter.
It’s what I do. It’s who I am.

 

On the Edge of a Raindrop by Sarah Brentyn

Coming Soon!

 

Hinting at Shadows - Sarah Brentyn

 

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Blurb:

No One Escapes Life Unscathed

Delve into the deeper reaches of the human condition and the darkness that lives there. 

A girl haunted by her sister’s drowning. A boy desperate for his father’s affection. A woman forced to make a devastating decision. A man trapped by his obsessions.

Experience tales of love, loss, murder, and madness through this collection of flash and micro fiction.

Take a peek behind the smile of a stranger. Get a glimpse inside the heart of a friend. Scratch the surface and discover what is hidden beneath.

These stories will open your mind, tug at your thoughts, and allow you to explore the possibility that, even in the brightest moments, something is Hinting at Shadows.

Each selection is approximately 100 words, with a bonus section of Microbursts in which each story is told in 50 words or less.

 

Now, let’s get to know a little bit more about Sarah and her writing!

 

Okay, I’m going to start with your blog – Lemon Shark Reef. I’d love to know what that title represents?

Oh, yeah. First question and I already get to cheat. I’m loving this.

I have a page on my blog explaining the name:

Q: Why did you name your blog “Lemon Shark”?

A: It was 1 AM. I was tired. For weeks, I’d been working on my new WordPress site: getting to know the dashboard, settings, tools, widgets, and whatnot. The time had come for me to get real. I was ready to release this beast into the world and I hadn’t yet decided on a header or a name. The final contenders were all open on my laptop and I flicked back and forth between them until I couldn’t stand looking any more.

I got up, pulled my Webster’s New Explorer College Dictionary off the shelf, closed my eyes, opened the dictionary to a random page, and pointed. My finger landed on “lemon shark”. (It was this close to “lemmings”.)

Q: It’s in the dictionary? You mean it’s a real thing?

A: Why yes, it is indeed a real thing. I love learning new things and here is what I’ve learned:

  1. When I’m tired, I’m inclined to do radical, desperate things like grab a dictionary and open it to a random page to name my blog.
  2. A lemon shark is “a dangerous medium-sized shark of the warm Atlantic that is yellowish brown to gray above with yellow or greenish sides”.

 

I woke up the next morning feeling like I had consulted my Magic 8 Ball for advice. (Which I’ve totally done before so no big.) Anyway, the words “lemon” and “shark” started sounding pretty cool together. By breakfast, I loved it.

And think of all those metaphors and analogies: navigating through the unknown with dangers lurking, treading water, drowning in responsibilities… Plus this pretty, yellow shark is remarkably smart, social, and fiercely protective of its family.

Also, I’d have to say that in the vast sea of life, I’m definitely swimming with sharks.

As far as my second blog, Lemon Shark Reef, it’s an offshoot of Lemon Shark. We are often (and by “we” I mean “me”) kind of obsessive about what we put on our blog and how it looks. I gave myself a break with Lemon Shark Reef. I created it as a place to play with fiction, have fun, and enjoy swimming around without worrying about my bathing suit top falling off. It’s a no-pressure, fun blog.

 

You call yourself a lover of chocolate, cheese, wine and words, no wonder we’re friends! ? I love your sense of humor. I know we can all steal time to eat and drink, but tell us how you’ve been stealing your writing time lately, as I know we like to commiserate together about there never seeming to be enough hours in a day.

Professor McGonagall let me borrow the time-turner. Even though I’m a Ravenclaw, McGonagall is the go-to teacher for this kind of stuff. She’s totally cool—not at all the hard-ass she’d like people to believe she is. (She’d not like me spreading that around so…our secret. K?)

Seriously, I get completely overwhelmed and go cry in a corner until I realize that took anywhere between 15 minutes and an hour. Then I think to myself, “That took anywhere between 15 minutes and an hour. What a waste of time. You could have been writing.” Then I write for five minutes. *shrugs* It adds up.

 

How are you managing your social media and writing time now? Have you found a magical rhythm you might share with us, or are you still feeling like me, as though you’re drowning?

Social media. Well, I’m not on any, for starters. Okay, I have two. I made a rule that if I don’t use it, I lose it. So, basically, I’m on Twitter and G+. That’s pretty much it now. As far as managing it? Picture a lion-tamer at the circus.

I’m always treading water. I don’t drown only because I use a life vest. Which makes it difficult to type but, wow, so worth it. Right? I have extra life vests I throw to passing bloggers. Because. I’m nice that way.

 

Okay, I’m curious, you say you’re an INFJ. What does that mean?

Ah. Well, that’s a secret. If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you. It’s that kind of secret. Or a wicked public one that’s been around for, like, fifty years. Or more.

I had a comment on my blog years ago asking if I knew what personality type I was. I did not. So, with all that extra time, I took this online test (which turned out to be pretty cool). It’s a real test. Not like “Which Disney Character Are You?” or “What Kind of Condiment Are You?” I’ve never taken those. Pfft. No, I have not.

This one’s scientific and stuff. Research was done and everything. It’s pretty well-known. And accurate. Anyway, this test, the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator, says I am an INFJ. It is the rarest of the 16 personality types and among the top career choices for an INFJ are: Writer, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Therapist, Educational Consultant, Teacher, Professor. Interesting that I’ve either worked in or studied all of these careers.

 

Was it your love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer that led to your passion for writing dark fiction?

That question came out of left field. And hit me in the head. *glares* I hadn’t thought about my undying (get it? undying…undead…vampires…so fun) love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer influencing my writing in any way but, if it did (and now I’m wicked curious and won’t be able to stop thinking about it), it would be some sort of humor. It’s a witty, well-written, funny show. (In my twisted mind.)

So what led to my passion for writing dark fiction? Hmm… I sit. I write. Words appear. Sometimes they’re funny (in a dry, needs-a-chaser kind of way) but mostly they’re dark. Even when I try to write something with unicorns and rainbows, it winds up with a ghost and a possessed fruit tree. It’s weird.

 

Your upcoming book – On the Edge of a Raindrop, when can we expect to see it published? What can we expect to read in that book?

Late November. Yes. That would be this month. In a little over a week, actually.

I’m not much for fanfare. No launch, no tour… Just a girl, standing in front of the online world, asking it to love her. Or her book. Or both of us. Whatever.

On the Edge of a Raindrop is written in the same vein as my previous collection, Hinting at Shadows—short, dark, psychological fiction.

 

Can you share an excerpt with us?

I write short fiction and this interview (ironically) is getting a bit lengthy. Snooze-fest. So I’ll include a few Microbursts (that’s the name I made up for my stories that are under 50 words—micro, haiku, 6-word stories…). I think these ones give a good idea of the flavor of On the Edge of a Raindrop.

 

We wake the same as we slept. Strangers. Dreams cling to our eyelashes as we sip coffee & pretend to believe the beautiful lies we tell.

~~~

Shame is a child’s bath toy. You push it under the water, hold it with all your strength, but it always slips from your grasp and resurfaces.

~~~

I fear

I am slipping loose

from reality

like hair from its braid

my mind comes undone

 

I know you’re also writing a novel now. This seems like a switch from your usual micro-fiction. Please give us a tiny hint about what that book will be about.

A tiny hint? Since you asked so nicely. It’s not really much of a switch from my other writing. Yes, it’s longer, but it remains Brentynesque. The book will be dark, psychological fiction. The MC is a teenage girl I met a few years ago in a flash fiction piece I wrote. She intrigued me. (Read as “she wouldn’t leave me alone until I told her story”.)

 

I read, and thoroughly enjoyed your first book, Hinting at Shadows, and I was amazed at how your short fictional stories written in microbursts of only 50-100 words can paint a story leaving us readers to fill in the rest with our own imagination. Can you share your writing process with us about how you create this type of fiction? Do the stories start out bigger and get whittled down to minimal words?

Aw, thank you. I love painting with words. And I love having readers engage, really engage, with a story. Get drawn in, wonder what’s going to happen, what could happen, what has happened… It’s a different kind of reading experience getting a glimpse, a sliver, but enough to set fire to the imagination.

I never whittle my stories down. That’s not true. I rarely whittle. I mean, I have whittled but I naturally tend toward pithy writing. If anything, I have to try to increase the word count. Then I realize I’m adding unnecessary words and I whittle those nasty things out. (Now I’m just trying to see how many times I can fit the word “whittle” in this answer. It’s a cool word. Whittle. Six.)

 

It was a real treat having you over Sarah. Thank you for enlightening us all with your humor and sharing your writing secrets with us. You’ve explained the essence of microfiction succinctly here and I have to point out that only days after I asked you about “INFJ”, I came across the Meyer-Briggs test myself and found out that I’m and “ENFJ”. It was great having you over. I wish you much success with your new, upcoming book, which I look forward to reading too ❣

ENFJ

Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Find potential in everyone, want to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.

If you readers would like to take the test to find out your personality type you can go HERE.

 

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Book Link

http://myBook.to/HintingAtShadows

 

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  1. Absolutely delightful interview, Deb & Sarah. I was laughing all the way through. (Tell me that was your intent, Sarah. Some of your lines are devastatingly funny!) I have Hinting at Shadows on my Kindle, and need to bump it closer to the front of the line. And I’ll be getting On the Edge of a Raindrop as soon as it comes out, too. I love the way your mind works, and thanks, Deb, for having her here today. Sharing on The Write Stuff!

    1. Oh thanks for sharing on your blog Marsh. Isn’t Sarah just a hoot and a delight? It was Sarah’s book that really got me interested in the flash fiction concept. So much can be said with so few words. She is a master at the craft. 🙂 <3

    2. Er…sure. Yes. That was my intention. I’m glad this gave you a laugh. Honestly, I waited until I had a bit of time, opened the document, and answered the questions off-the-cuff. Then left them alone. It’s the only way I can do this stuff. Otherwise, I’d overthink it and get attacked with self-doubt.

      Thank you so much, Marcia, for reading and sharing. If you get to these books, I hope you enjoy them. Time… Pfft. I know. I have yours on my Kindle, staring at me accusingly.

      Thanks, Debby. I am so happy to get people interested in flash fiction.

      1. Well, now I’m introducing my readers to one of the experts in this field of flash. 🙂 <3

        1. Isn’t it interesting that flashing is taking on a whole new definition these days! 😀 😀 😀

          1. Lol, love your pun Marsh. 🙂 🙂 <3

          2. I don’t recall saying anything about flashing… (And, if I did, I hereby publicly deny it.)

  2. Great interview, Debby, and so Brentynesque, Sarah. 🙂 I love the little tastes you gave us of the new book. Loved Hinting at Shadows and I’m looking forward to your novel, too. Funny how some characters stick and make demands on us. Sort of certifiable. 😀
    And Debby, you are so ENFJ!

    1. LOL, thanks Diana. Thanks for visiting and reading my interview with Sarah, she adds a splash of color to my blog her with her wit and wisdom. 🙂 xx

    2. Ah, yes, so Brentynesque. I guess that’ s a thing now. Because. I said so. I am thrilled you like the Microbursts. The interview was getting so long. I think Debby pulls introverts out of their shells. (She SO is an ENFJ, right?) Yeah, those characters who demand to be written…wait, what? Who’s certifiable? I resemble that remark. Thank you, Diana. ?

      Haha! Wit and wisdom. Well…something like that, Debby. Color anyway. 😉

      1. I’m an INFJ, too, Sarah. And I’ve done or trained for all those careers, too. Weird, huh? That test is freaky accurate.

        1. Ah ha! I should have pegged you as an INFJ. ? No wonder I love you so! *runs to you* *gives awkward pat on the shoulder* *stares at floor*

          1. *returns awkward pat on the shoulder* *laughs*

  3. What a great blurb–and interview. Thanks for sharing yourself with us, Sarah.

    1. Thanks for visiting Jacqui. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂 x

    2. Thanks for reading, Jacqui. ? It was fun sharing these odd bits about myself.

  4. Great interview. Thanks for the introduction, Debby, and good luck to Sarah with her new book.

    1. Thanks for dropping by Olga. So glad to introduce to your Sarah. She’s humorous, witty and a prolific writer of thought provoking micro-fiction. 🙂

    2. Thanks, Olga. ? Much appreciated!

  5. Enjoyed this interview. Thanks Debby and Sarah.

    1. Thanks for reading Stevie. So glad you enjoyed! 🙂

    2. Happy you enjoyed the interview. 🙂 Thanks, Stevie!

  6. Thank you so much, Debby, for allowing me to muck up your lovely space with my silliness. (I told you I should have edited.) 😉 This looks gorgeous! I’m humbled and honored. Thank you!!! ?

    1. LOL! “reclusive movie stars”

      1. Lol, thought you’d like that! 🙂 xx

    2. Sorry! One more comment. Wow to that introduction. Thank you (again). ??? You are so lovely.

      And I’m so glad you took the test! ENFJ sounds like you. Doesn’t it? That test is freakily accurate!

      1. Lol. Ironically, after I sent you the questions about the topic, a friend had posted the test on FB. That’s when it registered what you had written on your blog about the ‘secret’. Hey, at least I made the cut! 🙂 😉 <3

    3. Lol woman, you’re so funny! It was my pleasure hosting you. And, I told you I wasn’t going to edit a thing! Ha! I love it! 🙂 <3

      1. Thank you. ? (And you so are an ENFJ.)

  7. A delightful interview Debby and Sarah. MOst enjoyable. All the best with your new book Sarah. Debbie, I am not surprised by this but I am also an ENFJ. I used to work in a job search program that used the Myers Briggs personality test to help people search for the right job for them.

    1. Thanks so much for visiting Darlene. And so nice to learn you and I are both ENFJs. Why am I not surprised either? 🙂 x

    2. Thank you so much, Darlene. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.

      I’ve heard of the Myers Briggs being used to help people search for careers and, also, to help employees understand each other and/or pair up for a more productive team. Interesting.

      1. A very effective tool developed by two women, a mother and daughter team!

        1. Yes! I’d read that somewhere. Very cool. 🙂

  8. Flash, flashy, flashing . . . you mean they aren’t all the same thing, Sarah????? Hmmm…

    1. Shh… They’ll hear you!

  9. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview, Deb and Sarah. I see you on a stage doing improv comedy together 🙂 Exploring the dark side of human nature is intriguing. What we refuse to look at controls us; and I don’t like being controlled, whether it be by others or my subconscious. I loved the excerpts and look forward to reading your books, Sarah. Terrific post, Deb. Hugs to both of you ?

    1. Thanks so much Tina. I’m so glad you enjoyed our little back and forth. Sarah has a great sense of humor, especially for a dark fiction writer, which made our interview go seamlessly. 🙂 <3

      1. Welcome, Deb. Your repartee was delightful ❤

        1. Thank you my Lovely. <3 xx

    2. Ha! On stage. Improv is the only way I’d get up there so, actually, it might work. And if Debby were there, well… That really is quite an idea. 😀

      I do love exploring the dark side of human nature. Human nature at all, really. It is fascinating to me. And you are spot on. If we turn our backs to it, it’s going to grab us, isn’t it? Shine a light on that sh*t. It hates that.

      If you do decide to read any, I hope you enjoy. Thank you so much, Tina. ?

      1. Most welcome, Sarah. Shine a light on that sh*t indeed! 🙂 I do try to remember, however, that without darkness, light would have no definition. Everything in its place… ❤

        1. Exactly. Light and Dark… We cannot have one without the other. ?

  10. I loved learning more about Sarah, Debby. How she named her blog is so interesting. I named mine, set it all up and wrote my first post all in the same afternoon. It is great how we are all different.

    1. Thanks Robbie. I think as writers, we’re always curious to learn about the origin of names, places and people we frequent with, especially where we derived our blog’s name from. 🙂

    2. That’s wild, Robbie. All in one day?! Gah! *panic attack* I overthink EVERYTHING. Right now, I’m thinking about whether or not I am giving TMI in this comment and if I should post it or…

      It is very cool how different we all are. Makes the world interesting. 🙂 ?

  11. Terrific and entertaining interview Debby and Sarah and lovely to find out more about you. Look forward to sharing the new book when available.. xx

    1. Thanks so much Sal. Lovely to see you making the circuit again after your well-deserved getaway! <3 xoxo

      1. Thanks Debby.. not sure I am here yet 100%… the idle gene kicked in!! xxx♥

        1. Oh, when you’re done with that gene, please send it over. 🙂 <3 xxx

          1. Will do along with the procrastinator gene.. in a week or so! ♥

          2. Lolllllllllllllllllllllll <3

    2. Aw, thank you, Sally. ? On all counts. And I’m glad you found the interview entertaining. Debby is a good hostess.

  12. What a great interview, Debby. You did well to entice Sarah into giving such humorously revealing responses. I really enjoyed Hinting at Shadows and am looking forward to reading On the Edge of a Raindrop. Looks like I won’t have to wait for long!

    1. Thanks so much Norah. And yes, Sarah was most entertaining with her answers. It was fun having her over. 🙂 x

    2. Were my responses that revealing? *blushes* 😉 Thank you, Norah. ? You are lovely to say that about Hinting and I hope you enjoy On the Edge as much. (Hopefully not too long…)

      (Thank you, again, Debby. It was fun being here.) ?

      1. An absolute blast having you here Sarah. <3

  13. I love Sarah! Great to know more about her. She writes some fabulous poetry on my weekly challenge. <3

    1. Thanks Colleen. Glad you got to visit our fun post. <3

        1. Love you back my friend! <3

    2. Hello my fairy-friend! ? Glad you could stop by. I need to get some more poetry written (and you’re being very kind because I’m no poet). Thank you, Colleen. 🙂

      1. Aww, Sarah. It’s just fun writing poetry. I think you’re better than you realize. <3

        1. Well, yes. It is fun. That I’ll agree with. Thanks, lovely. ?

  14. Debby & Sarah, this is a wonderful interview!? Debby, you have a flair for this with perfect questions! I’ve long been pondering the name Lemon Shark, so glad this was your first query. Sarah, I love how you used the dictionary technique and phew, lemmings wouldn’t have cut it! Good luck with your latest book and I’m hooked by your short snippets!

    1. Thanks so much Annika for the kudos and I’m glad you enjoyed learning about Sarah. I’m glad this interview piqued your interest in Sarah’s work too 🙂 <3

    2. Huh. I don’t know. “Lemmings” might have worked. 😉 Well, I can tell you, Lemon Shark seemed utterly bizarre at first, too. I was almost wishing for Lemmings. Eh…almost. “Lemon Law” was close, too! That would have been interesting.

      Glad to have hooked you with the snippets. Thank you, Annika! ?

  15. Great to see Sarah featured over here, D.G. Kaye! Sarah, you have such a creative imagination – I always enjoy reading your words!

    1. Thank you so much. Sarah was a fun guest to have over. 🙂

    2. Thank you, Barbara. ? 🙂

  16. Such a great interview. It was fun getting to know a bit more about Sarah…and I just went to Amazon and purchased her book. Thanks, Deb., aka ENFJ ???

    1. Oh, that’s wonderful Van, so glad you enjoyed. – ENFJ = extraversion intuition felling judging 🙂

      1. Thanks for the link…I took the test, got ENFP…who knew ??

        1. Fantastic! Now, we have to start a club! 🙂

    2. Aw, thanks so much, Van! 🙂 Glad you liked the interview and I really hope you enjoy Hinting at Shadows. ?

      (So cool that you took the test. An ENFP, huh? How does it measure up? Is it accurate?)

      1. It seemed pretty accurate, Sarah, so I had my husband take it. His INTJ was also on target, even on the choice of occupation.

  17. Great interview, you two! Sarah, I am an INFJ as well and at one time or another considered most of the careers listed for my personality type.

    I often wondered how you arrived at the name of your blog “Lemon Shark.” Great story.
    I look forward to hearing more about your upcoming release later this month!

    1. Thanks for dropping by Mae. I’m so glad you enjoyed our little tete a tete here. 🙂 x

    2. Another INFJ. Very cool. It seems “Writer” is a good career choice for us INFJs. Interesting that you, too, have considered the other fields, as well. I’ve delved into all of those.

      Yup, Lemon Shark came about from a desperate moment late one night when I had HAD IT. The dictionary thing…true story. (INFJs tend to overthink things, no?) Thanks, Mae. ?

      1. Grrr, why can’t I be an INFJ? I feel so left out as an ENFJ LOL 🙂

        1. Statistically speaking, we INFJs are left out. Be proud of your extrovertedness, dear. It is so charmingly Debby. ?

          1. Ahh, thanks Sarah, you are right, gratitude. <3

  18. Way to snag an interview with Sarah.

    I’m also an INFJ (but a Hufflepuff!) so am questioning the rarity of the personality type, but then again I do associate with a number of other writers so my perception may be skewed.

    1. HI Allie, thanks for dropping by, and great to hear you took the test. I’m starting to think that most of us with these credentials has a lot to do with being creatives. 🙂

    2. Ah. I can totally see you as a Hufflepuff. Hmm…did we have this conversation already? Did I know that? Anyway, I wouldn’t have pegged you for an INFJ but it does make sense. I think the rarity is true. It’s an old test, all scientific and stuff. I think some people like to be a ‘rare’ type, like a special snowflake. 😉 I just think it is what it is. Other types are slightly more common. Do you know a lot of INFJs? Now I’m wicked curious.

      Thanks for stopping by. Good to see you, fellow non-muggle.

      1. I believe I was sorted into Hufflepuff not necessarily out of some higher meaning all-inclusive concept, but because the hat couldn’t figure out which house I secretly wanted get into. To be fair to the hat, I was just thrilled to be invited.

        I don’t know that many INFJs in person, but a number of us have sounded off on twitter together, yet separately and from the comfort of our own homes.

        1. Ah. Figured as much. INFJs seem to appear in larger numbers online. Away from others. And from the comfort of their own homes, like you said.

  19. Hi Debby. I loved your tête à tête. I am one of Sarah’s biggest fans. She knows I love her, and her writing. And she has been a big INFJ to me too – Inspiration to become a New Flash Juggler. Thanks to Sarah I have become addicted to writing flash fiction and no longer have much time for any of the mundane tasks I used to do. But who cares? You have such a wonderful way with words, Sarah. I’ll order your new book asap. *kisses you on both cheeks, à la française* I’m so glad you snagged her for this interview, Debby.

    1. Hi Juliet! So lovely to meet you here. I’m so glad you enjoyed our little interview here, and thank you for coming over to read. And I know exactly what you mean about Sarah’s writing. Glad you are now hooked on flash too! 🙂 🙂

    2. That’s a fab interpretation of an INFJ, Juliet. Really. You’re awesome. I’m always thrilled to hear of people starting to write (or becoming addicted to) flash. Thanks for stopping by and reading. And for the lovely comment. And for the à la française greeting. Big, squishy, “I-need-my-personal-space-back”, hug!

      Thank you, Juliet. ?

      1. Giving you a big, squishy hug back. No worries, I’m standing very, very far away. Have a lovely day! ?

  20. Debby you are a magician to tempt Brentyn out from behind her shadow – she’s always moaning it follows her around – and almost tell us the secret of her literary alchemy, turning base verbs and simple consonants into luscious stories. I remain fixated (in a healthy, non-stalky sort of way) with how she does what she does (not the interior monologue thingy which is sounding like my satnav after it’s overdone a late night cheese and coffee raid, but the sooper-dooper flash fiction she pens). I’m not jealous at all. Really. I look good in green. It’s an Irish thing. I’m looking forward to book two, too. (Is that book four?). It will be sooperest-dooperest of micro fiction and I want it and I want it now. Pretty please… (editor’s note: the writer wishes to apologise for the random and egregious use of the word ‘pretty’ in his comment and pleads for a one-time derogation from the usual rules requiring the use of gender-neutral, appearance-based, non-glib unflattery in blog post comments). Thank you. Can I have my choc-ice now?

    1. LOLLLLLLLL Geoff. I loved your monologue! And ha ha, I have my wiley ways you know! I won’t go into detail how long ago this little interlude was planned. Sarah and I are always groaning about not enough hours in our days, so natch, I had to take up more of her lack of time to get her over here. And as a memoir writer, flash was never my thing until I read her first book, played with a few of them on my blog and entered 2 of Charli’s flash Rodeo contests. I really wanted to submit to yours but as Sarah might say, life just wouldn’t allow it. Now I await the results of contest #3. 🙂 Thanks bunches for popping over here Geoff. Sarah will be delighted to read your offerings. 🙂 Hugs x

    2. What?! Pfft. I’m always moaning about my shadow following me around?! I resemble that remark. Note how Debby says it took me a long while. I don’t suppose you’re surprised by that tidbit of info, Geoff? Literary Alchemy. If that’s not a genre, it damn well should be. It’s brilliant. (Not that I have any sort of alchemy or that I do that interior monologue thingy he’s going on about and we’ve gone over this envy thing and will have to agree to disagree that either of us look good in green. We both do. Quite fetching, actually.)

      Thank you for your continued support of my lovely, little flash. *hands over a choc-ice* 🙂

      Debby – Thrilled to have anything at all to do with you writing flash and joining a few flash rodeo contests. ?

      1. Thanks girlfriend. You did. <3

      2. Ta *slurps embarrassingly and is helped to his room
        .

  21. What a fabulous and fun interview, ladies, I am so inspired by Sarah’s mastery at Flash Fiction, and it is thanks to her that I recently jumped right out of my comfort zone and dived in to the Carrot Ranch Rodeo FF Challenge!
    I love it that our blogging community is so encouraging and supportive, and you two ladies are a prime example of this. ??

    1. Thanks so much Judy. You’re so right, it’s a wonderful community and we have much to learn from one another. <3 <3

    2. Aw, thanks so much, Judy! ? You know I’m thrilled to pieces that you jumped out of your comfort zone and into the Twilight Zone. Erm…flash fiction writing thing. I’m glad to be any part of that at all. 🙂

      1. HA! Yes it is a bit of a Twilight Zone for me still. Thanks for your encouragement, it really does help. 🙂 ?

  22. Fantastic interview, Debby. Anyone who loves Harry Potter and painting with words, and makes decisions by playing a game akin to Blind Travel with Doctor Dolittle is tops.

    1. Thanks so much Jennie. And I’d have to agree! 😉

  23. Haha! I had to look up ‘Blind Travel with Doctor Dolittle’. That’s hilarious! (And very apt.) 😀 Thanks for stopping by and for reading. Had a bit of fun with this. Much appreciated, Jennie. ?

  24. Great interview, Sarah, and *gasp* I hope I didn’t set you too far off schedule by getting sick. And whittle is a fun word. Whittle. *giggle*

    1. Thanks Loni. 😉

    2. Yes. You are fully responsible for getting sick and feeling horrible. *&%#@ schedules. It all works out in the end. Feel better and have a lovely day with your family. Happy Thanksgiving!

      (Right? ‘Whittle’ is such a fun word. Just say it a few times when you’re feeling bad. I dare you not to smile.) 🙂 ?

  25. What an exclusive, Debby. How did you get this? Getting an interview from Sarah is like finding a coin in my Christmas pudding. It never happens anymore! You’ve uncovered so much, and I love the way you answered the questions, Sarah. They are almost like your flash fiction – they really make you think. But, I have to ask, do you search for fairies while strolling through cemeteries?

    1. Lol Hugh, I have ways to make people speak! LMAO. Do you think Sarah would say no to me??? I knew she would be a great victim, er, guest. LOL 🙂 <3

      1. Nope, and she didn’t. I’m glad you asked, though, Debby. I’d have been too scared to. I may have ended up reliving one of her stories. ?
        xx

        1. Lol. I should think you and Sarah together could write one heck of a thriller! 🙂 xx

    2. Haha! Finding a coin in your Christmas pudding. 😀 (I do hope you find one this year.) Debby does have a way of peeling back the layers with her questions, doens’t she? Thank you, Hugh.? And, you know what? I have never searched for fairies in cemeteries! I can’t believe it. I’ve always been on the lookout for spirits or just enjoying the quiet or the history of the gravestones… I’ll have to remedy that, though.

      1. I stopped wandering in cemeteries when I realised that the first grave I came across always had my birthday on it. I got quite spooked out about it, so pass them by now.
        Great to see you here, Sarah.

        1. OMG Hugh. That’s a story in itself! LOL 😉 xx

          1. I know. It’s something I should work on, Debby. I’ll have to pay another visit and see if anything has changed. If you don’t hear from me, then please send a search party in for me… ? ?

          2. Well if I don’t hear from you, I think I’m going to have to blame The Truth App! LOLLLLLLLLLLL 🙂 xxxx

          3. OMG, I’d forgotten about that nasty app. I’m off to open the wine and check my iPad. ?

          4. Lol, I’ll forever remember you for the app! 😉 xxx Cheers to the wine! <3

        2. Well, that would be a tad creepy. O_o It’s bound to happen, eventually, I suppose. But numerous times? I agree with Debby…there’s a story there, my friend.

  26. Such a lively interview! I enjoyed Sarah’s answers, including the inventive way she named her blog 😉 From crying to Buffy (and maybe a combination of the two), many topics were covered here. Well done, ladies!

    1. Thanks so much Christy. So glad you enjoyed. 🙂 xx

    2. Definitely lively! 😀 Great word for it.

      Yes, that blog name was going to take me down if I didn’t do something drastic. *shrugs* I’ve lived with Lemon Shark ever since. No regrets. We certainly did cover a lot of topics and I’m glad Buffy was one of them. Thanks, Christy. ?

  27. Great interview, Debby, and nice to meet you, Sarah. What a talent to be able to create a story, poem, blurb, concept, or a whole idea with so few words. Enjoyable reading, the interview and the excerpts.

    1. Thanks Liesbet, so glad you enjoyed. We have much to learn from each other. 🙂 x

    2. Thanks so much, Liesbet. ? Have a lovely Sunday!

  28. Great interview! I always enjoy Sarah’s “dry, needs-a-chaser” type of humour. Plus, she’s also very encouraging.

    1. Thank you so much. Sarah is a delight. 🙂

    2. Aw, thanks, Ruth. Much appreciated. (On both counts.) 🙂 *buys you beer chaser*

  29. I have a fun question, Debby. Why are all my comments loaded with question marks? I’m not THAT unsure of myself. 😉

    1. Lol, you’re asking me why your answers have question marks? I think you’re very methodical and like to check with yourself even, lol. Maybe I’m going to have to start calling you the Riddler? LOL 😉 🙂 xxxx

      1. Hahaha! The Riddler! I love it. Yes, please do start calling me that. It’s awesome.

        Though I meant that all my sparkly hearts seemed to mysteriously have turned to question marks. Hmm… I have to try it… 💖 < This should be a sparkly heart. *shrugs* Let's see. Still, I do like The Riddler. I'm sticking with that.

        1. LOL, That is so funny! You know. Tina had that problem awhile back, she asked me why her hearts turned into question marks. Now I know what you mean. WP is possessed. But still, I like the Riddler! LOL <3 <3 :)

          1. ‘Tis a mystery. And yet my sparkly heart from the trial comment above stayed. ‘Tis another mystery.

            – The Riddler

          2. LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL I know, I noticed that. And love the new insignia! LOLOL <3 ?? <3

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