Dominique Margolis’s 98 word microfiction, “Yvonne’s Parakeets”, will appear in the third issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2021). Dominique graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the story “Yvonne’s Parakeets”?
Yvonne Robin inspired me to write “Yvonne’s Parakeets.” She was a member of the French Resistance from Bourg-Lastic, a village in the Auvergne region. On July 9th, 1944, she was captured and deported, but survived in a concentration camp from August 12th, 1944 until May 25th, 1945. She dearly loved her children, received the Legion of Honor, and died in 1983.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
Kindness inspires me, and I want to celebrate it in writing.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
What keeps me going is that I know that we can become beings with hearts worth stealing by our future selves.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
I am not sure what advice I can give, as I am discovering the art of microfiction.
5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?
Think of the current plight of too many animals.
Dominique Margolis was born and raised in a remote French village but emigrated to the USA as an adult. Even though English is not her native language, she studied English at the university and earned a PhD. She taught English and French in France and in the USA and edited student essays for publication in three of the University of Denver’s Guides to First-Year English. She was published in Anna Evans’s Communication Intuitive – Rencontre avec le Monde Animal (ALMP, 2004). Twitter: @dominique_1234.
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