We recently published Francine Witte’s stellar “Midnight on the Moon.” Here, we ask her two questions about her story:
1) This is such a tiny piece and you manage to create three such believable characters — well, four, if you count the moon! How do you walk the line between stereotype and archetype in such a small space?
I think that what makes them believable is the tiny things they do. The man looking at the wall behind his wife makes him real and different. At least, I hope so. I am having fun with the idea of them being stereotypes, and so I haven’t even given them names. I wanted it to be somewhat of a stereotype. By blowing up the stereotype, I’m hoping to give the piece a comic tone.
2) The moon is watching all of this, lonely. Do you think the moon cares?
Yes, the moon cares, as any unwilling witness would to this scene of infidelity. The moon is trapped and has no choice in the matter. So I believe the moon would be quite resentful.