Miami, FL, August 21, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Flash Fiction is an emerging literary genre that is rapidly gaining popularity among readers of all ages and walks of life. The genre focuses on stand-alone short stories which are only about a thousand words or less. The trick is to pack all of the strong characterization, unifying themes and exposition of a long short story into such a small piece of literary real estate. It takes an expert wordsmith.
Flash Fiction has often been compared to a lightning bolt or the sizzle of hot oil in a frying pan. The main character(s) is usually confronted with an immediate problem and something profound occurs. It’s the story of our lives. Some authors shy away from this literary genre, while others have embraced it as the future of fiction. One of those pioneering authors is none other than Frederick S. Blackmon. His story collection was just released in July of 2015 and is aptly titled “In A Flash.” Frederick S. Blackmon is a long-form fiction author and award-winning poet, but he also excels at writing Flash Fiction. His stories often take place in concrete, everyday settings yet his characters often undergo dramatic internal transformations. For example, in the story “Sandlewood Motel” the main character learns more about himself by watching the other motel guests lead sordid, dodgy lives. Here’s an excerpt: “I turned to see Peaches sitting outside of her room three doors down. I didn’t find her very attractive. Her hair was dry, but neat. Her body was ample, but clung to her frame in disproportionate ways. Yet her eyes were special; they held silver screen sparkles.”
We live in a fast-paced world and traditional, long form fiction just isn’t as popular as it used to be. If the message can’t be tweeted or favorited with a photo, then readers are less likely to become engaged. Flash Fiction is a new way to bridge that gap and reinvigorate literature in general. “In A Flash” is a great example of fiction authors utilizing social media and tighter word counts to reach new audiences. If you’ve only got a few moments to spare, then pick up a copy of Frederick S. Blackmon’s new book – “In A Flash”. It just takes a few pages and a few minutes to experience a wide range of enjoyable moments.