This week’s short list sees two high quality submissions go head to head for the CROMULENT Award. Newcomer Amber McGlothlin takes on last week’s prize winner, Ashleigh Mounser. We sat down with both authors for a chat…

…Ok we emailed them. Enjoy!

NITH: How long have you each been writing?

Amber: I’ve been taking it seriously for about three years.  Before that, I didn’t have the confidence.

Ashleigh: Since birth, with varying degrees of legibility.

NITH: Where do you see yourselves in the future?

Ashleigh: Writing, with varying degrees of legibility.

Amber: I’d love to still be writing because it makes me happy, and I will always have a strong emphasis on family.  I’m really excited about what’s ahead.

NITH: Any tips for others trying to get involved or improve their short story writing?

Amber: You have to work at it every day.  I’m just now learning what it means when people say this is a craft; the more you do it, the more you develop your skill.  I think I have a long way to go,

Ashleigh: Become legible and anything is possible.

NITH: Finally, what’s your favourite imaginary ice cream flavour?

Ashleigh: Butter beer flavour.

Amber: I think mango sticky rice would make an extraordinary ice cream, but if we’re speaking purely imaginary, then I’m going to have to go with pixie dust.  How great would it be to fly and eat ice cream at the same time?


Amber McGlothlin lives in the Northern Virginia suburbs near Washington D.C. with her fiancé and four of their combined five children.  She is currently working on the second draft of her first novel, and has a great fondness for writing poetry and short stories.  You can read more of her works at

Ashleigh has a new blog coming soon (Don’t we all -Ed) and an old blog here:

Both are definitely worth checking out, as are their submissions over at the short list page.