Robert Scotellaro: With this new collection I was intrigued with the notion of how life can, mercurially, unfold: good luck/bad luck – timing – as depicted in the title story, What Are the Chances? The cover is a portal into that aspect of the collection, but so much more is explored about how we struggle, strive to, or overcome that Sisyphean challenge that is so much a part of our personal and collective living.
RS: Here is a story from my first flash collection originally published well over ten years ago, entitled “Fun House.” It deals with the adventurous afterlife, if you will, that a couple (parents) explore after their adult children move out and the house is (their lives are) their own again, unfettered.
I think my current work is more philosophical and perhaps possesses a more poetic sensibility, universality. And of course, one always hopes one’s many years of writing garners a stronger hand toward craft. Here is a story (a triptych) recently published in New World Writing, Three Entries from a Somnambulist’s Dictionary.
RS: I’m reading a great many anthologies of flash and micro fiction: The Best Small Fictions, Best Microfiction, Bending Genres Anthology, and a stack of personal story collections: A Girl Goes Into the Forest by Peg Alford Pursell, The Father of Octopus Wrestling by Frankie McMillan, Resistance Is a Blue Spanish Guitar (poetry) by George Wallace…
I’ve just completed a manuscript of stories in triptych that I’ll be sending out soon. I truly enjoyed the challenge of writing an entire collection of stories in linked segments. It’s a wonderful form. I’m also working on a group of short pieces in postscript. Both are flash collections. I am currently devoted to experimenting with ‘form’ within the flash genre. It’s an exciting time.
About the book
Find What are the chances? at the Press 53 website.
For testimonials, reviews, and more information on where to buy What Are the Chances?, see Robert’s website.