Atticus Review recently published my flash fiction "The Fire."
Inspiration for fiction comes in a variety of ways: objects, places, odd things I notice, something someone told me. "The Fire" was inspired by a photograph taken by writer/photographer Mark Coggins. In addition to writing mystery novels and essays, Mark is an award-winning photographer.
While teaching one day, I went to Mark's Flickr account and asked my student to choose a photo and write something inspired by it. As we were flipping through photos, I noticed one of a fireman cleaning a fire truck:
Photo by Mark Coggins
I started to wonder about this fireman and what his story was.
My student wrote a story inspired by a different photo. But I wrote a story inspired by this one.
Ann Hillesland writes fiction and essays. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Bayou, The Laurel Review, and Sou’wester.
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