Hi Fiona, thanks for stopping by the blog. Can you tell us about who you are and also about your writing: for example, what genres and themes do you write in and about, and is there anything that has influenced your choices?
I'm a parent, a part-time teacher and a spare-time writer. I'm married to a Baptist minister and most of my first published writing was 200-word scripture-based devotionals for a church website. I can't quite explain how I got from writing devotionals to writing horror. I do write a lot of nice, pretty, nature-themed micro-CNF, but when I write fiction, it tends to get scary.
Can you tell us a bit about your publications and writerly highlights, and what else we can look forward to seeing from you in the future?
Everything I write is short - usually between 100 and 2000 words. My best publication cred is the Little Boy Lost anthology, where my story rubs shoulders with a story by Piers Anthony. I've got a story in Andrew Fox's upcoming Again, Hazardous Imaginings; My fiction also appears at Silver Pen, Longshot Island, Nano Nightmares, Buckshot Magazine, Bethlehem Roundtable, The Horror Tree, Every Day Fiction and a bunch of other places. I've got flash to micro -CNF on Folded Word, Longleaf Review, All Guts No Glory, Honeyguide, 2228, MAW, etc. I've got poetry on The Future Fire, Ancient Paths, Truth Serum Press, Tanka Journal and The Voices Project, and educational materials on the GTCS blog, Nature Friend, Oak Leaf Education and Hey Mrs Winkler. When you write very short things it's hard to remember them all.
This year has presented a lot of challenges for many of us. Instead of discussing those, what are some of your 2020 highlights?
Lockdown in Scotland may have been over-severe, but personally it was a very restorative time for me. Long walks and lots of looking at trees and things. It also seemed that editors got busy reading during the quarantine months: a lot of acceptances came through, including one that gave me the chance to join a serious writers' workshop. That was something I'd never done before. Currently my family is in the middle of moving house, from Dunfermline to Kelso in Scotland.
Thanks for chatting with me, Fiona, and sharing a bit about yourself and your work. What a background - plenty of inspiration amongst all that I'm sure. Congrats on sharing a ToC with Piers Anthony! Now that's not an everyday occurrence.
You can find more out about Fiona Jones here:
Here's the Little Boy Lost anthology: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1023088 with Piers Anthony in it.
For micro-horror, here's Nano Nightmares: https://www.amazon.com/NANO-NIGHTMARES-Shirley-Dee-ebook/dp/B085LB113X. My author page is https://www.facebook.com/FiiJ20 , and I'm also @FiiJ20 on Twitter and Thinkerbeat.
Fiona's flash piece "A Guilty Conscience Needs No Accuser" appears in Trickster's Treats 4: Coming, Buried or Not! , a charity anthology in support of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.