If you didn’t get a chance to read Ana Prundaru’s “Lost and Found,” read it here. We loved it so much we wanted to know more about the mind behind this great piece.
RRP: One theme that you explore in “Lost & Found” is an intense desire for anonymity. Every character is in some way embodying a disguise. As a writer, how do you relate to this instinct that echoes through your characters’ lives so profoundly?
Ana Prundaru: Living in Tokyo must have rubbed off on me because I relish the anonymity of large cities and the stark sense of freedom that comes with it. Ultimately, I believe anonymity serves as a tool to exercise control over challenging situations. In this story, anonymity allows the characters to distance themselves from their negative emotions, giving them much-needed space to explore the next steps in their lives.
RPP: This is a brief but powerful piece. How do you approach characterization in a story that you know is going to demand brevity? What is essential?
AP: Due to the brevity, I pay close attention to things like mood, rhythm, and tone. A characters` (re/in) action speaks for itself, while emotions are implied (for instance through body language), rather than openly disclosed. Flash fiction is great because it requires readers to exercise their imagination in order to piece together and interpret a story.
RPP: One of the elements of “Lost and Found” we fell in love with is your lyrical writing style, which, in places, feels like poetry. Which writers do you feel have influenced your style?
AP: I would say Muriel Leung, Kat Dixon, Chris Campanioni, Kathy Fish and the late Max Ritvo are some of the many wonderful writers, who have impacted and inspired my writing in one or the other way.
RPP: Where else can we read your work?