This interview is a teaser for the flash fiction piece ‘Waiting for Twilight’, the 2014 Hummingbird Prize runner-up by Daniela Elza. Savour this glimpse into the protagonist’s mind while you wait for the story to come out in issue 5.
- What is your idea of perfect happiness? Getting lost in the moment. Or under a tree. Or by the sea. Where I am less aware of myself.
- What is your greatest fear? Existentially? That I have misread my life.
- What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? To attempt to solve other’s problems when they do not want solutions.
- What is the trait you most deplore in others? Gossip. Judging other people. Small mindedness. Jealousy. Is that too many? Perhaps group them under “stop being boring and pathetic.” There are much better things to waste your breath on. Like, sing, for a change.
- On what occasion do you lie? I do not lie since I cannot remember what I said. But if it saves a life … maybe then.
- Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I was wondering …
- When and where were you happiest? You mean am happiest? When I create music. Or write. When I flirt with life.
- What is your most treasured possession? My piano, of course.
- What is your most marked characteristic? It is hard to not pay attention. It is hard for me to ignore people.
- What is your motto? Do onto others as twilight will do onto you. By which I mean ‘dusk’, not the book.
- What is something we’d never glean about you from ‘Waiting for Twilight’? I love swimming.
Daniela Elza has won prizes in both the Hummingbird and Magpie Awards. Her work has appeared nationally and internationally in close to 100 publications. Daniela’s poetry collections are: the weight of dew, the book of It, and, most recently, milk tooth bane bone, of which David Abram says: “Out of the ache of the present moment, Daniela Elza has crafted something spare and irresistible, an open armature for wonder.” Daniela was the 2014 Writer-In-Residence at the University of the Fraser Valley and the 2014 guest editor of emerge anthology.