Heather MacDonald’s two 100 word microfiction stories, “Choking Hazard” and “Lockdown”, will appear in the fourth issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2021). Heather graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the stories “Choking Hazard” and “Lockdown”?
My inspiration for both stories comes primarily from my experiences as a primary grade teacher in elementary schools.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
My writing is mainly inspired by my life experiences. I try to take tidbits from my own life. Then I come one, exaggerate and alter them into fiction.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
The two main things that keep me going are my husband’s sense of humour and time playing with my dog. Otherwise for self-care I love yoga, reading and swimming (when the pools are open!)
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
My advice for microfiction writers is to boil their narrative down to the simplest conflict possible. Then, use strong verbs and get rid of whatever else you can!
5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?
I am forever thankful to the people who support and encourage me as a writer: my husband, my friends, my mom, and my late father who drove me to all my writing camps growing up.
Heather MacDonald is a primary teacher, former educational Literacy Instructional Coach, and author living in High River, Canada, with her husband, Jason, and their dog, Axle. She loves camping, yoga, and taking Axle for walks or runs around town. Heather has had several pieces of flash fiction and poetry published previously. Most recently, her stories “Peaches” and “Keeping Score” appeared in the short story dispenser operated by Loft 112 and Short Edition through the Calgary public library. They were also published in the anthology Tap-Press-Read, also through Loft 112. You can follow Heather on Twitter @heathermac1986.