Microinterview: Jon Hunter

Jon Hunter’s two microfiction stories, “The Gift”, and “Quando me’n vo'”, will appear in the fifth issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 3, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2022). Jon graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.

Jon Hunter

1. What inspired the stories “The Gift” and “Quando me’n vo'”?

I’d recently read The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and this was in my mind when I wrote “The Gift”, along with ideas of permanence. “Quando me’n vo'” was inspired by the memory of walking down Marylebone Lane and hearing the soprano practicing…it always delighted me whatever the weather.

2. What inspires you and your writing?

I recently turned 60 and have been lucky enough to travel a great deal in my life. My experience, my travel and my reading all inspire me in ways I am not always able to fathom. Place is important to me as a starting point for writing.

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

I am naturally optimistic so I can find joy in the everyday interactions with strangers, friends, or family. I go for a walk every day and usually see something to smile upon. My optimism does not obscure; I am well aware of the desperate times many people are suffering.

4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?

As a beginner myself I am not perhaps best suited to give advice but I’ll say it’s important to trust your instincts no matter what length you write.

5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?

I am fortunate enough to be in a writing group that meets fortnightly – this has been a great boon to me as a writer finding his way.

Jon Hunter: I am a Londoner, a recently retired teacher, who has been practicing writing for about two years. I am 60 years old. Website: jononstuff.com.


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