Hello and Welcome!
I’m Donna Henderson, the creator and writer of ‘A Little Bird Tweets’; a writing blog that specializes in my own, original flash fiction – namely of the psychological-thriller and psychological-horror sub-genres, but also touching on other genres such as Romance and Science-Fiction. I am a self-taught writer, and a published author. My flash fiction ‘Angel of Love’ is included in e-book ‘100 RPM – One Hundred Short Stories Inspired By Music’.
My flash fiction is aimed at readers who are avid fans of the psychological-thriller and psychological-horror genres; and readers who are curious about delving into the world of darker, twisted plots, where troubled characters often exist.
Flash fiction is designed to be read in a short space of time. With the popularity of the Internet and ebook, and with so many of us having busy lifestyles, this form of fiction is becoming widely popular among readers. I believe that it is important for peoples’ mental health to take regular breaks from the routine of everyday life; and what better way than to do it than to grab a tea or coffee break and delve into a story! Flash fiction has so many positive elements; it can introduce the reader to new ideas and knowledge; it can provoke new emotions in readers that has the power to change your thoughts in a day, or even a lifetime; it is an excellent form of entertainment that can be enjoyed in five minutes in a day or night.
The inspiration for my writing can come from anywhere and anything; from the lyrics of a sixties song to dialogue heard in strangers’ conversation – from the sounds of nature to the filming techniques used in a horror movie. A key technique I use to trigger ideas for my stories, is to identify a small key detail within a bigger idea such as an article, movie, lyric or painting, then magnify that key idea and develop it as my own through free-write – which I then go on to compress into the flash fiction art form. I often undertake classic creative writing exercises, such as word-webs and word-associations. This helps to develop my writing skills and keep my imagination flowing. Sometimes, the smallest exercises such as a five minute free-write has the potential to be developed into a bigger piece of flash fiction – such as a short story or a full length novel. For ways to inspire your writing, please go to my On Writing page.
I live with my partner Paul in a small town in the heart of Hertfordshire; a woody place where squirrels roam and woodpeckers drill. It is idyllic, beautiful and inspirational. I can sometimes be seen daydreaming on the balcony and conjuring up strange stories as I listen to the melodic sound of church bells chiming in the distance.
I am currently working on my first full length psychological-thriller novel and I am also undertaking a Diploma in Novel Writing.
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy ‘A Little Bird Tweets’!