Microinterview: Martha Nance

Martha Nance’s 97 word microfiction, “Kalosmy”, will appear in the third issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2021). Martha graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.

Martha Nance

1. What inspired the story “Kalosmy”?

Well, it is a true story, and the dog’s name really is Gunther…

2. What inspires you and your writing?

Some stories just beg to be told. Those are the good ones. I don’t have time to “work at” writing, I have a full-time job taking care of people with fatal diseases. Which leads to the other point. Writing is sometimes a way to relax, to think about things that aren’t work, and sometimes the stories of people I have worked with beg to be told. Kalosmy is on the relaxing side…

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

I am a morning person. Every time the sun rises the next morning, it brings color, brightness and hope for today.

4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?

Look around you. Think small.

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

I am relatively new to publishing my writing, and actually, for years, I just wrote things in my head. But you get old enough that the details start to fade, or sometimes a whole story falls out of your brain completely (maybe it bounces back in at some point…) so, write things down, and if they are easy to write, those are probably the best pieces.

Martha Nance is a physician in Minnesota who occasionally writes, usually briefly. She has had a few pieces published previously, in journals such as Dreamer’s Creative Writing, Intima, The Tiny Seed Journal and Poet’s Haven Digest.


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