Lisa Fox’s 100 word microfiction, “The Shadows of Nagasaki”, will appear in the second issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 1, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2020). Lisa graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the story “The Shadows of Nagasaki”?
A specific writing prompt, believe it or not. I didn’t think it was possible to write Historical Fiction in 100 words. Apparently, it is.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
I’m an Empath and an Observer, so just about everything and everyone. “What if?” is one of the most powerful questions there is.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
You mean, like the entire year 2020? I’m not sure there’s anything that really keeps me going, per se, other than not having a choice otherwise. You put one foot in front of another, even if that foot feels like it’s encased in lead. You play the cards you’re dealt, even if it’s a crummy hand. Otherwise you just find yourself standing still, staring at the walls, going nowhere. And you relish the good memories, because that’s what will carry you. You have the choice to laugh, cry – or both.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
Cut to the chase. Tell a simple story that packs a punch.
5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?
It’s never too late. I came back to creative writing four years ago after a 20-year hiatus, and it was like greeting an old friend.
Lisa Fox is a pharmaceutical market researcher by day and fiction writer by night. She thrives in the chaos of everyday suburban life, residing in New Jersey (USA) with her husband, two sons, and their couch-dwelling golden retriever. Lisa’s work has been featured in various publications, including Metaphorosis, New Myths, Luna Station Quarterly, and The Satirist, among others. You can find her at lisafoxiswriting.wordpress.com, facebook.com/lisafoxiswriting/ or @iamlisafox10800 on Twitter.