Microinterview: Samantha Melamed

Samantha Melamed’s 100 word microfiction, “Kalman’s Story”, will appear in the first issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 1, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2020). Samantha graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.

Samantha Melamed

1. What inspired the story “Kalman’s Story”?

“Kalman’s Story” is based on a true story of a man named Kalman Perk, who just barely escaped a cattle car. I learned of Kalman’s story from one of his descendants in Israel, just after exiting Yad Vashem in a vulnerable state.

2. What inspires you and your writing?

Anything that leaves a lasting impact on me will eventually find its way in my notebook one way or another—a story that enriches my way of thinking or a fact that adds depth to symbolism.

3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?

During times of despair, music puts me at ease. I want to evoke this same sense through my writing; I want to evoke the way music makes me feel.

4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?

Microfiction is about finding the perfect word in the most concise way. For me, words have more value in weight than in length.

Samantha Melamed lives and writes in New Jersey. She can be found here, on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reading_in_cool_places/.


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