Stephen Ground’s 97 word microfiction, “m4m”, will appear in the first issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 1, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2020). Stephen graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the story “m4m”?
The unspoken lives some keep hidden, even from those closest to them.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
I love telling unusual stories, that leave more questions than they answer.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
I find regulation through storytelling, and connecting with friends, family, or strangers.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
Tell your moment, then reduce to its simplest form. Don’t waste a syllable.
5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?
I have an unhealthy collection of lamps.
Stephen Ground lived for years in a remote, fly-in community in Canada’s north after his graduation from York University, then returned south to co-found Pearson House Films. His work appears in, or is forthcoming from Sky Island Journal, The Esthetic Apostle, (inparenth), Thin Air Magazine, or at stephenground.com. Twitter: @sualtmo.