Mason Binkley

Flash fiction often captures particular moments in time. Are there moments you find yourself returning to for inspiration?
I don’t return to any particular moments in my life for inspiration. For me, the best story ideas arise from the imagination, sometimes out of the blue. I fear that fictionalizing the most significant moments in my life would do those moments an injustice, and bore people to death.

Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of? 
“Wanting Grace,” in Entropy, means a lot to me. This story isn’t perfect, but it’s one of my firsts. Publishing it took a long time and required countless revisions. I learned valuable lessons in the process. The story is based on something I saw one afternoon, something that bothers me to this day: a homeless man standing in the middle of an intersection with a cardboard sign, begging for food, as a semi-truck full of food waited at the red light. Here’s the link:

What do you find to be the hardest about consolidating and writing stories as flash fiction?
It’s difficult to move people, to deeply affect them. It’s even harder under 1,000 words. Attaining the greatest impact in the fewest words—that’s the challenge, but fiction has incredible potential to do this.

This story seems to mesh a surreal reality with the possibility of delusions. How do you think you would have reacted to finding something like this?
I would have been terrified and in awe, but mostly terrified. I’m easily frightened. I run from bees.

Is this town found in our realm of reality or could it be from a different dimension?
I envisioned this town as being in our realm of reality, but undiscovered, inexplicable, and governed by laws we cannot comprehend. I want to believe the earth still has secrets.

You can read Mason Binkley’s flash fiction piece, “They Do Not Envy Us” in Issue Six of The Ginger Collect.