An interview with flash fiction writer, Calvin Demmer

Calvin Demmer - flash fiction writer

Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His work has appeared in Broadswords and Blasters, Empyreome Magazine, Mad Scientist Journal, Ravenwood Quarterly, Switchblade, and others. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe. You can find him online at or follow him on Twitter @CalvinDemmer.

What got you interested in writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, so it’s hard to pin point what exactly it was that kickstarted it all. I think it was just something I enjoyed doing when I was younger, creating my own stories. Later on, it definitely became more of a focused approach and that would’ve come about just from reading authors I was enjoying and thinking “I should try this.”

Tell us a little about your chosen genre.

I don’t really have one set genre. I prefer to let the story or mood determine that course, but I’ve written horror, science fiction, fantasy, and crime. I usually have a dark element to my work.

What are your happiest memories in your writing career?

Writing is always an interesting journey and there are many little milestones along the way. Getting the first story acceptance was great, and then appearing in magazines and anthologies alongside authors you look up to is cool. I recently also signed a contract for my first collection, which was awesome.

How do you handle success and failure?

You haven’t failed unless you stop. That said, writing like anything in life has its up and downs. For me, having more than one project on the go works, as I’m able to shift focus from something that maybe isn’t going the way I want to something else. I can always come back to the previous project when I’m feeling reenergized.

What makes you write when you’re exhausted and your fingers ache?

A first draft is usually always fun for me, so I don’t struggle too much there. Coming back to edit can be a pain at times, but then I’ll just take a break until I’m in the right frame of mind.

What is your advice to young and new writers?

If I could go back and give myself advice, I would inform myself of the importance of editing, editing, and then editing some more. And not just basics, but also some of the guidelines and approaches that make fiction easier for a reader to enjoy.

Are you a traditionalist or a digital? (paper or eBook)

I don’t mind anymore. As I read a greater variety of authors, e-books have provided an easier way to find new works.

Do you blog?

Not currently. I’ve thought about, but at the moment I use most of the energy on creating new fiction and editing.

Do you self-publish?

I did for a series of short stories. The idea was to write stories that were fun and have no outside restrictions in between the usual stories I was writing and submitting. I enjoyed the process and it was great to get feedback from people who read them.

the seas was a fair master by calvin demmer

If you have a publication or promotion – tell us.

My flash fiction collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, will be published by Unnerving sometime around June/July. It will contain 23 stories and most of them will have a dark vibe.

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