S6, E3: Writer J. Edward Kruft Keeps it Brief
May 25, 2020
J. Edward Kruft, or Joey, as we prefer to call him, was an actor who became a writer who became a psychoanalyst, who is now a writer and a psychoanalyst. To date, his flash fiction pieces have appeared in over 30 online and print journals. He remembers having always written. In fact, he wrote his first piece, “The Little Italian Boy” when he was in first grade. While writing, he learned to live vicariously through his characters.
Writing his novel in grad school was so excruciating that he turned away from the pen for a full decade… until he discovered flash fiction, which means that he tells a story in 1000 words or less. Joey truly believes that using more words only leads to increasingly bad writing, so he finds joy in editing his pieces to reach a distilled form of prose. When writing and reading flash fiction, it’s not only about what is said, it’s about what is not.
“I hate writing, but I love having written.” (Joey, quoting Dorothy Parker 19:25)
In his interview, Joey also shares some highly interesting insights about the current publishing world, which is drifting towards independent and online publishers. His multidimensional perspective sees the industry, not only as a writer, but also as an editor and as a reader. He also reads for us his most recent piece published in Potato Soup Journal: 12 O’clock, Youngsville
J. Edward Kruft is editor-at-large at trampset. He lives with his husband, Mike, and their adopted Siberian Husky, Sasha, in New York City and the Catskills of upstate New York. He currently takes flying lessons. You can find him on twitter @jedwardkruft.