"The Reunion" here, and then come back to read her bio and interview!
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Rosemary is proud to call North
Carolina her home. A lover of reading, writing and traveling, she is
currently working on her first novel, a YA sci-fi/fantasy
romp. Although a sucker for anything concerning time travel, she loves
writing fiction of all sorts. It is her goal to write a short story in
every genre. Visit her blog at http://rosemaryjarrell.wordpress.com and follow her on twitter @rjarrellwrites
WOW: Congratulations, Rosemary, on placing as a runner-up with your story, "The Reunion." Where did you get the idea for this story?
Rosemary: I'd been talking to some friends about awkward encounters with exes, and it just went from there.
WOW: It's a very moving and touching piece about an ex! What are some themes you are exploring in your flash fiction piece?
Rosemary: Family, loss, redemption--all of these themes are touched upon in my story. I'm a big believer in the concept of fresh starts.
WOW: What made you enter our contest (or any contest really)?
Rosemary: I've loved reading the stories that previous winners have written, and I wondered if I could write a story under 750 words. It's hard to do and has taught me so much about tightening the story and perfecting word selection. I have more to learn, but I truly enjoy the process.
WOW: You did great! (smiles) Your bio states that one of your goals is to write a short story in every genre. How are you doing with that goal? What are you learning from it?
Rosemary: I enjoy reading most genres, so the natural inclination is to say, "I can write that." What I'm learning is that each genre has something to teach me about the craft. So far, I've written fantasy, horror, middle-grade science fiction, and romance. I'd love to write a mystery and a spy thriller as well.
WOW: Let's end by talking about your novel in progress. Can you give us any insight into the plot/genre? What's the process been like for you?
Rosemary: My novel is a YA fantasy that explores time travel and multiple universes. I've finished the first draft, but have put it aside for now to work on my short stories. I have a full-time job and family commitments, and the novel was taking all my time. I plan to start working on it again in the spring when my work schedule slows down.
WOW: Life is such a balancing act. Congratulations again to you, and best of luck for your future in writing.