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Billy Cowan - Flash Nonfiction Funny survey responses

Fiction or Non-fiction

Is there a difference?

Is it harder to write funny or sad?

All writing is hard, that’s why I have no hair!

Long form or short form?

I’m weak, impatient, have no stamina or will-power. So, short form for me, thank you.

Poetry or prose?

Prose when it reads like poetry.

Boxers or kickboxers?

Whoever is the sexist, and wears the tightest shorts.

Piece that you read and said Wish I’d thought of that?

A short story called Leakzilla by Tom Rachman.

Cloned or frozen?

Being a narcissicist, I quite like the idea of lots of me running around, though I think my friends would prefer for me to be frozen.

Book you read and reread?

Life’s too short, and there’s too many brilliant books, to read any book more than once!

When writing is going well…

I skip about like a Disney character with chirping birds flying around my head and bunny rabbits dancing at my feet, and I daydream about my Nobel Prize for literature and making my Oscar speech.

Desert Island Book?

Can I have all of Maya Angelou’s autobiographical works please?

Billy Cowan is an award-winning playwright and senior creative writing lecturer at Edge Hill University, UK. Wanting secretly to be a novelist, but worried about the commitment, he has started to dip his toes into short fiction. Stories have appeared in The Real Story; Flash: the international magazine of short short fiction, and Quickies 2&3 published by Arsenal Pulp Press.


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