Kerry E. B. Black
Who is your most influential writer? Who do you always go back to for inspiration?
I am a classicist at heart, so I reach for Shakespeare, Poe, and Twain. However, inspiration is an insidious thing and sometimes sneaks about in the most unlikely places.
Do you have a favorite line or lines from your accepted pieces for The Ginger Collect?
Jenna is an interesting character, and the ending makes the reader wonder.
What season do you find you write the most in?
I write at least 800 words almost every day of the year.
Do you keep any snacks around while you write? If so, what’s your favorite?
A nice cup of chai and some chocolate covered caramels sure enrich the writing process.
What inspired your pieces?
Grimoire is inspired by my nerdiness, I suppose. I mean, magic, research, poetry, and Stan Lee. Yep, you’ll find it all in this little flash.
Do you ever create soundtracks for the pieces you’re writing?
There is always a soundtrack playing in my mind. In fact, at times the songs influence the rhythm of the pieces. I have included invented songs for several of my stories, a way to enrich the longer pieces. I don’t play music when I write, though, other than the tunes worming through my brain.
What do you want readers to take away from your pieces?
I hope readers will enjoy the writing.
What is your ideal writing environment?
I’ve not found an ideal writing environment. I write when and where I can. I’ve a talent for tuning out the world around me when I create, much to the chagrin of my family.
Do you find writing invigorating or exhausting?
Yes, writing is invigorating and exhausting.
Do you have any future writing plans?
But of course I have plans for future writing! I’m working on a novel and adore short stories and flash fiction. I’ve promised myself at least 800 words a day and refuse to confine my projects. They’ll continue to be as eclectic as their creator.
You can read Kerry E. B. Black’s piece in Issue Four of The Ginger Collect: Grimoire.