We were able to get an interview with Meeah Williams about her piece “The End” in Issue Seven.
I had to do a double take when I read that the salesman was actually reptilian. What was the salesman supposed to be, in your mind?
The snake in the Garden of Eden. Lucifer. The archetypal principle of evil on all levels & which exists at its most banal form in predatory people trying to sell you on stuff that they know will actually hurt you, whether it be insurance policies, relationships, or wars.
I loved that this piece was a humorous take on the power a writer has over their world. Obviously, the writer in the story would do this to their characters. Would you?
I’ve had very little power over anything in my life. Every so often I like to exercise a little in a text. I like to think of such stories as magic spells, but they could just as well be compensatory wish fulfillment. Either way, it feels good not to be the passive victim every time.
What do you find to be the hardest about consolidating and writing stories as flash fiction?
I can take three sentences and neurotically turn them into 300 pages easy, just by rewriting them over and over. I want to make sure people understand what I’m saying so I elaborate to the point where it becomes incomprehensible in the other direction. In the end, no one understands anyway. Or maybe one person in ten thousand understand you. That’s the person you marry.
What’s your favorite part of this story? Is there one section you’re particularly proud of?
I like when the salesman discovers he’s been “sold.” That the narrator has played him all along basically by accepting the one thing it would never have occurred to salesman types to do: sacrifice himself for something greater than himself.
Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
I have a lot of stuff here that I still like: http://uutpoetry.tumblr.com/search/meeah+williams