Tina Anton’s 95 word microfiction, “Paw Print”, will appear in the fourth issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 2, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2021). Tina graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the story “Paw Print”?
I had a dog named Precious Moments who lived with me for 16+ years. She was with me through everything. When I was having a hard time she would put her little paw on me and when she died I had it tattooed on my forearm next to a series of scars as a reminder of her love and loyalty. “Paw Print” is a fictional setting for a true moment.
2. What inspires you and your writing?
Real life, art, and things in the world I find inspiring (anything from a flower to a national movement). The writings of others also inspire me. Words are magical and they can give me energy and motivation even when things are difficult.
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
My new dog (Furiosa), the people I love, and art of all types.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
Write out the story without looking at word length before going back to edit. If you limit yourself from the start you may miss out on some great lines.
5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?
I believe writing can change a life and every writer deserves to be read.