Kathryn Aldridge-Morris’s 100 word microfiction, “Old Hands”, will appear in the third issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2021). Kathryn graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the story “Old Hands”?
So often in this pandemic older people are portrayed as feeble and helpless, when many in that generation lived through much tougher times. My Spanish parents-in-law were part of the peasantry and lived during the civil war and famine. It’s important we check in on older people, but we mustn’t forget their agency and resilience.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
Power dynamics in relationships. Anything absurd. Synchronicity. And other writers, of course. I read somewhere: reading is breathing in and writing is breathing out.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
Comedy. Trevor Noah’s essentially one of the family.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
Create an image that will stick with the reader or aim for some kind of visual dissonance.
Kathryn Aldridge-Morris is a freelance ELT writer. Her flash fiction appears in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2020, Bath Flash Fiction Anthology 2020, Reflex Fiction, Lunate Fiction, Paris Lit Up, Retreat West, and the anthology “From Syria with Love” (Indie Books). Twitter: @kazbarwrites.