Microinterview: Jeffrey Hantover

Jeffrey Hantover’s 99 word microfiction, “7:30 A.M., September 11, 2001”, will appear in the first issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 1, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2020). Jeffrey graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.

Jeffrey Hantover

1. What inspired the story “7:30 A.M., September 11, 2001”?

Observing firsthand the experience on which the story is based.

2. What inspires you and your writing?

The mystery of the human heart.

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

The positive feeling of fashioning a sentence that works.

4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?

Robert Louis Stevenson: “There is but one art, to omit! Oh, if I knew how to omit I would ask no other knowledge. A man who knows how to omit would make an “Iliad” of a daily paper.”

5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?

I published my novel when I was sixty-four, so there is always hope.


Jeffrey Hantover is a writer living in New York. His novel, The Jewel Trader of Pegu, was a Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” and a Borders “Original Voices” selection and an Independent Book Sellers BookSense pick. Twitter: @DrJWords.


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