Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Author Guest Post - Dianne Hartsock

Hello! I'm Dianne Hartsock, one of the authors in the Freaky Flashes Anthology. I write mostly sweet, hot m/m erotic romances, so when Breathless Press put out the call for Halloween short stories, I was intrigued. I thought it would be fun to write a few flashes with a paranormal twist to them. And I absolutely love writing flash fiction. It's a great way for me to practice writing tight, concise sentences. I do have a tendency to ramble on, but when you have to tell a whole story in 250 words or less, it cuts down on my wandering quite a bit. My stories in the anthology are right around 1000 words each, but still, every word counts in a story this short.

I tend to get my inspiration for flash fiction stories mostly from photos or music or something I see on TV.  With ANDREW CALLS THE DEAD, my first story in the anthology, I had actually thought of an old TWILIGHT ZONE episode that used to scare me as a kid. It was a story of a man who killed and buried someone, who wouldn't stay buried! I took that same creepy feeling and wrote it into the story. I did have to add a touch of humor to it, though. I mean, no one can really come back from the dead, can they?

My next story, THE BIRTHDAY, came from a picture I found on Pinterest of a stern faced man with an intense stare. Gave me the creeps! I had to write a story about him. The original flash was about him watching a young man at a dance club and thinking what a joy it would be to kill him. When I expanded it for the anthology, you get to see just how much of a creeper he really is.

And last but not least, IN THE SHADOWS came from an episode of X-FILES. Not the story itself, but just the strange, chilling belief that something like this could possibly be true… It's my first attempt at a shifter story, but of course, since it had to be something scary, it has a strange little twist of its own.

Andrew Calls the Dead
Love is powerful, but is it strong enough to raise the dead? A love affair turns deadly with Steve caught in the middle.

The Birthday
Every birthday Cyrus visits the dance clubs with a surprise for the young men. This year, the tables are turned.

In the Shadows
He waits in the shadows; silent, hungry. Careful! He might be watching you. Tonight, Bobbie finds out what it’s like to be hunted.

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Author Bio:
Dianne grew up in a large, boisterous and loving family in
California, spent ten years in the rocky mountains of Colorado,
and now lives in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon. Currently, Dianne works as a floral designer in a locally-owned gift shop. Which she says is the perfect job for her. When not writing, she can express herself through the rich colors and textures of flowers and foliage.

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