Maureen Sherbondy’s 84 word microfiction, “Alert”, will appear in the fifth issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 3, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2022). Maureen graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below.
1. What inspired the story “Alert”?
I received an alert on my phone for a missing person. I then asked the question: What if?
2. What inspires you and your writing?
I am inspired by reading different authors, by overhearing conversations in coffee shops, by news stories, and by my crazy imagination (I spend a lot of time in my head).
3. What keeps you going when experiencing times of misery and despair?
This is the best time to write. Writing is an excellent outlet for ideas and emotions.
4. What advice do you have for microfiction writers?
Read other fiction writers. Take notes. Pay attention to the world around you.
5. Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you and/or your writing?
I am also a poet and novelist. I think that writing across the genres helps all forms of writing.
My forthcoming book of poetry (Lines in Opposition) will be released on April 12th from Unsolicited Press.