The Story Behind the Story: “Ablution”

Where does romance end and abuse begin? What baser forces come into play when men are attracted to women and vice versa? These are some of the questions stirring through my mind at the time I began working on this story. Perhaps the recent news about sexual abuse served as a catalyst. I do know that the challenge of capturing the psycho-dynamics underlying sexual attraction is what compels me to write stories. Flash stories, I’ve discovered, are an ideal medium for capturing these irrational impulses in their enigmatic essence.

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About Fred White

Fred White's fiction, poetry, and humor have appeared in many periodicals, most recently in Analog, Beautiful Losers, Clockwise Cat, Every Day Fiction,Gemini, Limestone Review, and No Extra Words. His most recent book is The Writer's Idea Thesaurus. A professor of English, Emeritus, at Santa Clara University, he lives near Sacramento, CA, with his wife, Therese (an attorney), and two hyperactive cats.