Microinterview: Paul Rousseau

Paul Rousseau’s 100 word microfiction, “World War I: Two Deaths”, will appear in the third issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2021). Paul graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.

Paul Rousseau

1. What inspired the story “World War I: Two Deaths”?

The story came to me as I compared the current pandemic with the pandemic of 1918.

2. What inspires you and your writing?

I am inspired by my dog, other writers’ words, and my walks in nature.

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

I used to say my dogs, plural, but now I have “only” one dog after the deaths of two others. She keeps me going during the tough times.

4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?

My advice for other microfiction writers is to read, read, read, and write, write, write, and in the end, toss aside every single word that does not add to the story.

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

The only other thing other writers should know about me is…dang, my keyboard just broke. I guess I’ll have to leave that answer to the imagination of others.


Paul Rousseau is published in sundry literary and medical journals, including The Centifictionist. A lover of dogs, he lives in Charleston, SC, and longs to return home to the west. Twitter: @ScribbledCoffee.


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