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Discount Noir's Albert Tucher

Albert Tucher is a fellow contributor to Discount Noir, an e-Book flash fiction anthology available now from Untreed Reads. He is the creator of prostitute protagonist Diana Andrews, who appears in more than thirty published short stories and a series of unpublished novels. A Diana story called "Bismarck Rules" appears in the anthology The Best American Mystery Stories 2010.

Gerald So: How did the idea for your story, "The Hideous Lime Green Truth", develop?

Albert Tucher: I heard about this challenge with only days to spare. When I'm under the gun, I always go back to my standby characters, Diana and her sidekick Mary Alice aka Crystal. I know their backstories, and they do a lot of the work for me. In their business they can and do go anywhere, which helps me a lot.

GS: What appeals to you about flash fiction?

AT: I started writing flash fiction for DZ Allen's Muzzle Flash, and I soon got hooked on the challenge of telling a complete story in under 700 words. I learned that you can do a lot if you don't try to do too much. Profound, huh?

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