Microinterview: Carolyn R. Russell

Carolyn R. Russell’s 100 word microfiction, “Still”, will appear in the fifth issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 3, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2022). Carolyn graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.

Carolyn R. Russell

1. What inspired the story “Still”?

“Still” was conceived while I waited in traffic.

2. What inspires you and your writing?

The sheer mystery of it all.

3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?

I love Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay.” So true. But it comes back. We just have to hang on tight until it does.

4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?

Compress. Revise. Repeat until you feel that palpable click.


Carolyn R. Russell’s latest novel is “In the Fullness of Time,” a dystopian thriller published by Vine Leaves Press in 2020. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have been featured in numerous publications, including The Boston Globe, 3rd Wednesday, Litro Magazine, Flash Fiction Magazine, Club Plum Literary Journal, The Ekphrastic Review, Orca: A Literary Journal, Bridge Eight, and Lowestoft Chronicle. Carolyn’s new collection of short stories, “Death and Other Survival Strategies,” will be published by Vine Leaves Press in October of 2023. Carolyn lives on and writes from Boston’s North Shore. For more information and links to her work, please visit CarolynRRussell.com.


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