Inspired By the Little Things in Life

Michael Tabor Author Interview

The Inquisition and Other Stories is the second book in your collection of short stories. Where do you find inspiration for your stories?

I sometimes think that when it comes to story telling I’m a bit like a magpie in that I’m attracted to things that catch my eye (or my ear). Most of the stories were inspired by little things like an overheard snippet of conversation or a fleeting image of an interpersonal interaction. In other cases some stories are inspired by the arts; after all, a painting is just another form of story telling.

I enjoyed the creativity in each story. Which story from this collection is your favorite?

Of course, I’m biased and like all the stories for what each one has to say. Perhaps I can say that I get a lot of satisfaction from writing stories that involve a lot of research. In the current anthology, the story Catherine Lescault required considerable research about Nicolas Poussin and Honoré de Balzac. The story Cinderella involved learning about aphasia, and The Inquisition required learning about playwriting and cancer treatments.

Was there anything from your own life that you put into the characters in short stories?

Certainly who we are influences the way we write. However, I’m not a great fan of auto-fiction and do not like to inject myself into my own stories. To me, the challenge is to try and develop characters that are very different from myself in both personality and background.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’ve started work on a historical novel set in the C12th. If things go very well it might be finished in 2023.

The Inquisition and Other Stories Book Review

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