Kate E. Lore’s 92 word microfiction, “Be Still, Child”, will appear in the third issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2021). Kate graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the story “Be Still, Child”?
“Be Still, Child” came from a free-writing exercise. I guess I was thinking about how people hiding from Nazis in WWII sometimes had to hide in crawlspaces and under floorboards, how scary it would be if they came to search your house, what would you do if you had an infant you couldn’t control from making noise and kinda went from there.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
I get inspiration from all sorts of different things. Sometimes it’s some weird small detail I observe out in the wild, or sometimes it’s seeing how people I know interact with each other. Often it’s just an idea or question I want to explore.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
I like to go to nature when I’m feeling down like that. I think there’s a good energy with natural growth. I think more often than not human beings are the cause of misery so sometimes you gotta get away from them. Also, it helps to simplify your outlook. Often we’re miserable because we’re too focused on ourselves. Oh, and I do yoga and meditate.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
Keep at it.
Kate E. Lore is the pen name of Kate Isaacs. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Kate was born in Dayton, Ohio, but currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. Kate has self-published comics, been featured in anthologies, written articles for magazines, and had multiple publications in literary magazines for both fiction and nonfiction. A jack-of-all-trades, Kate splits her time up between fiction and nonfiction, a graphic memoir and a written one, screenplays, flash prose, full-length novels, painting and comics. Not to mention her dating blog. For more information see: kateelore.com, facebook.com/writerlore, twitter.com/KateeLore, Patreon.
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