TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Kassie Shanafelt — Fiction Contributor

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As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.

About The Creative Process

What does creativity mean to you? And what does it mean to be creative?
Compulsion. It’s just something you have to do.

How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?

I’m an early bird. There’s something about the quiet in the morning that helps me get things done.

How much of your personal life and experiences shape who you are as a creative and as a person? Do you find that you draw much content from your experiences or have you worked to keep that separate from what you create?

I draw a lot from experience.

About Creative Moments & Inspiration

What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?


Do you cross genres for inspiration? Which ones?
Ex: If you're a fiction writer, do you read and practice poetry? Do you also dabble in art?

I read basically anything; however, I’ve found myself having to step back from reading while I’m working on a specific project. Other voices start clogging up my head. I’ll have a few productive weeks reading then a few productive weeks writing. It’s usually one or the other.

What/who inspires you the most?

My great-grandmother.

Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Francesca Lia Block

Tips For Others, Personal Goals

What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?

Write, rewrite, and continue submitting.

What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?

I really want to finish one of my larger works.


About Kassie

Kassie Shanafelt lives in Brooklyn. Her work is forthcoming in Cauldron Anthology, The Airgonaut, and Lemon Star Magazine and can be found in Philosophical Idiot, Coffin Bell Journal, Cold Creek Review, and Enclave. She is the founding creative director of Millennial Pink, an online community for fellow creatives. Find out more at the website.

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