Earlier this year, I wondered if starting with theme would be a good way to go about writing. Writing and Ruminating has an interview with Jennifer Hubbard in which Hubbard talks about how she considers theme while writing. It doesn't sound as if it's her starting point, but she does keep it in mind.
Hubbard also has some interesting things to say about short stories: "We keep hearing how people have short attention spans now, how we live in a sound-byte society. And yet, short stories haven’t found as big a market as novels have, just like short films haven’t found as big an audience as longer feature films have. It seems counter-intuitive!"
This interview is part of the 2010 Summer Blog Blast Tour.