Katherine Gleason’s 28 word microfiction, “The Last Time I Saw Susie”, will appear in the third issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2021). Katherine graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the story “The Last Time I Saw Susie”?
I combined two completely unrelated real life incidents: 1. Seeing a man pursued by a cop run through my mother’s backyard just as we and two out-of-town guests were finishing lunch. 2. Helping a friend who was getting divorced move her belongings from her former home.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
Reading other writers always inspires me.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
Reading and writing and cats and cats. Also long walks, particularly near water or among trees.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
Challenge yourself and make it fun. Fun for you means fun for the reader.
5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?
In addition to microfiction, I write in many other forms—flash fiction, short stories, stage plays, booklets on how to make origami, articles and books about fashion. I love words, and I love to research. All the different genres strengthen and feed one another.
Katherine Gleason’s stories have appeared in journals such as Cheap Pop, Derelict Lit, Every Day Fiction, Gone Lawn, Hobart, Juked, Jellyfish Review, and Menacing Hedge. She’s won first prize in the River Styx/Schlafly Beer Micro-Fiction Contest, garnered an honorable mention from Glimmer Train, and been nominated for a Best of the Net award. Her play “The Toe Incident” won the Christopher Hewitt Award for Drama in 2020. Website: katherinegleason.com. Twitter: @KGleasonWriter.