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Congratulations!  Your poem was selected as a Runner Up in the 2016 Haunted Waters Press Fiction & Poetry Open!  What inspired you to write "Insomnia?" 

  1. I wrote “Insomnia” several years ago for a poetry class. I wanted to play around with the Quatern form, but I wasn’t sure at first what subject to use. Eventually I chose my struggles with insomnia, particularly how the green numbers on my alarm clock seemed to haunt me on those nights where I had difficulty sleeping. The repetition of staring at an alarm clock again and again during the night fit the repetition of the form.


What other forms and genres do you enjoy writing?

  1. Fiction is actually what I usually write. I especially love science fiction and fantasy. But I’ll write in whatever genre a story or idea feels best suited for.


Where do you find your ideas and inspiration?

  1. This probably sounds cliché, but I don’t find ideas—they find me. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and when that little spark happens, I like to play around with it first before writing it down, unless the idea is coming through fully formed. When I’m developing an idea, I take walks or sit on a swing at the park so I can just let the idea run wild in my head.


How long have you been writing?

  1. I started making up stories when I was about three years old, but I called them “games” and I would rope my brother and sister into “playing” them with me. Then I eventually realized it was easier to control the story on my own without them, and I became an avid daydreamer. When I learned to write, I started actually writing stories down, but it was only off and on. I was far more into daydreaming than writing at first. It wasn’t until I was about ten years old that I really started to write on a regular basis.


What is your writing day like?

  1. Like a lot of writers, I have a day job that takes me away from my passion of writing, but I try to work on my writing every day, or else I have the tendency to go months without writing a single thing. I find time when I can, but it’s usually late at night before I go to bed. I try to write at least half a page of fiction, or a few lines of a poem, or edit the rough draft of something I’m hoping to submit somewhere.


Are there any authors who have influenced your writing?

  1. I have to say, I adore Edgar Allan Poe. In terms of my poetry influence, he’s probably a big one.


What are you reading right now?

  1. Right now, I’m reading a non-fiction book for some background character research for a series of novels I’ve been working on for far longer than I care to admit. Fiction-wise, I recently read Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which I loved. As for poetry, I haven’t read any recently, unless the lyrics to Hamilton count.


What words do you live by? Do you have a personal motto?

  1. Over the years I have come to live by a particular piece of wisdom: if I don’t do it now, when will I? I used to wait for inspiration to strike before writing, and I almost never finished a project. Now, I actively work to finish my writing projects because if I don’t, if I wait for some idealized tomorrow where there’s plenty of time to write and the words flow easily, it’ll never happen.


Where can we find other works from Lauren Triola? 

  1. My fiction has been published in Silver Blade Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, and Every Day Fiction. I keep an updated list on my blog: https://laurentriolawrites.wordpress.com/about


What’s next? Do you have any writing projects on the horizon?

  1. I have a novel that I’ve been submitting to agents, and I’m working on expanding a novella I wrote into a full-length novel as well. I’m also editing a new short story and a new poem, which I hope to start submitting places soon. There’s nothing set in stone yet for what will be published next, but I have plenty of ideas for what to write. There’s more yet to come!


If you could share any advice for aspiring writers, what would it be?

  1. I think the most important advice I ever received was in the form of a poem. Marge Piercy wrote a poem called “For the Young Who Want To,” which is about how writers aren’t taken seriously until they’re published and paid for it. But we’re still writers, even if we never do manage to get published. You have to write for yourself, and while your goal may be to get published, you have to love writing to keep writing, because you never know when or if you’ll be published.





Lauren Triola spent most of her life writing and reading fiction, but poetry eventually sneaked up on her and found its way into her heart. She has worked jobs ranging from freelance writing and editing to database maintenance, and she is now pursuing a career as a librarian. Her fiction has been published in Silver Blade Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, and Every Day Fiction. Lauren lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with a very daunting alarm clock. You can find her on Twitter, @3FollowsSo, or at her blog, laurentriolawrites.wordpress.com.

 

Direct from the pages of the literary journal, From the Depths, Penny Dreadful's select works of exceptionally small flash fiction are now showcased within the HWP Penny Poster Collection.


Featured in this round of Penny Fiction: Nick Almeida, Richard Chetwynd, Sarah Vernetti, M. E. Wilding, K.L. Cobb, Lee DeAmali, Craig Gist, Jason R. Furtak, Lisa Reily, Janet Stevenson, Bill Teitelbaum, Jennifer Ruth Jackson, Debra Hurst, V.C. McCabe, Adam Barron, Swati Mahapatra, Bryce Worrell, Elane Johnson, Kizzi Roberts, Karen Lettice, Heather MacDonald, Erin O'Shea, J.D. Bretton, Joe Bogle, Brian Beatty, Marie H. Mittmann, and Matthew Vasiliauskas

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