Kinneson Lalor’s 100 word microfiction, “The Royal Ballet Presents Kafka’s The Metamorphosis”, will appear in the fourth issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2021). Kinneson graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the story “The Royal Ballet Presents Kafka’s The Metamorphosis”?
Some truly inspirational kids I used to teach and The Royal Opera House’s streaming of The Metamorphosis during lockdown.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
Normally things I’m angry about, images I can’t let go of, or random facts I want everyone to know.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
Hugging my dog, writing, and gardening. Probably in that order.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
Write as much as you like then cut, cut, cut. This story, for example, was originally 1500 words. Turns out I didn’t need 1400 of them.
5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?
I am currently querying for my genre-bending first novel.
Kinneson Lalor followed a PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge with an MSt in Creative Writing from the same institution. She is Australian but lives in the UK. Her work has appeared in various places including Tiny Molecules, Reflex Press, and Janus Literary, and on various shortlists including the BFFA. She was the 2021 winner of TL;DR Press’s The 1,000 Word Herd Competition. She writes a regular blog about sustainable gardening for edibles and wildlife and is currently querying for her novel about time-traveling botanists and beasts in castles. You can find her on Twitter (@KinnesonLalor), Instagram (@kinneson.lalor), or via kinnesonlalor.com.